By Bryan Renbaum
March 30, 2020
Gov. Larry Hogan on March 30 ordered Marylanders to stay at home unless they are going out for essential services such as buying food or medicine, or seeing a doctor. Hogan said the order will go into effect at 8 p.m March 30.
“This morning I have signed an executive order which institutes a stay-at-home directive. No Maryland resident should be leaving their home unless it is for an essential job or for an essential reason — such as obtaining food or medicine, seeking urgent medical attention or for other necessary purposes,” the governor said at a morning news conference in Annapolis.
“In addition, only essential businesses are allowed to remain open in Maryland. And those businesses must also make every effort to scale down their operations in order to reduce the number of required staff, to limit in-person interaction with customers as much as they are able to — and to institute telework for as much of the workforce as is practical.”
Donald Fry, president and CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee — a nonprofit organization that represents 500 businesses and other institutions throughout the Baltimore region — said that although Hogan’s order might present difficulties for businesses, it is nevertheless necessary.
“While Governor Hogan’s Stay-At-Home Executive Order may create more hardship for businesses, employers and employees, it is meant to ensure that Maryland can respond aggressively to the COVID-19 pandemic and enable us bounce back when the crisis subsides,” Fry said in a statement.
“Many businesses have fully transitioned to telework and are doing all they can to keep their operations and the economy as strong and viable during these challenging times,” Fry added. “Taking steps to provide for a healthy workforce will help with the economic recovery once we are in a position to return to normal business operations.”
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Source: Maryland Reporter