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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan Issues New Closure Order

With COVID-19 diagnosed in 21 of Maryland’s 24 counties and the disease’s death toll increasing, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has issued another order designed to stem the virus’s spread. Effective at 5:00 on Monday evening, all “non-essential businesses” closed until the state of emergency ends.

Says Maryland’s Office of Legal Counsel, this “is not a shelter-in-place order.” But, “all Marylanders are encouraged to remain home, and employers are urged to promote work-from-home arrangements to the greatest extent possible.”
 
What businesses are allowed to remain open under the Order? According to the Office of Legal Counsel, the list is long and includes:

  • pharmacies;
  • pharmaceutical manufacturers;
  • places of lodging;
  • building and property maintenance companies;
  • janitorial firms;
  • laundromats, dry cleaners, and laundry services;
  • broadcasting companies and stations;
  • cable television companies;
  • telephone companies;
  • banks and credit unions;
  • payroll processing companies;
  • grocery stores;
  • farmers markets;
  • convenience stores;
  • wine, beer, and alcoholic beverage stores;
  • pet supply stores,
  • veterinary hospitals;
  • lawyers and law firms;
  • hospitals;
  • clinics;
  • transportation sector companies; and
  • staffing and/or payroll services.

This list is not exhaustive.
 
Businesses subject to the Order should take care. Anyone who knowingly and willfully violates it shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and subject to imprisonment for up to one year, a fine up to $5,000, or both.

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