The Daily Record: Will Md. end up with a patchwork of pandemic rules?

By Daily Record Staff

March 14, 2020 

The leaders of Maryland’s four largest jurisdictions are indicating that they may not line up with all of Gov. Larry Hogan’s plans for easing pandemic restrictions, raising the possibility that a patchwork of rules may exist from one community to the next.

Leaders of those jurisdictions – Baltimore city and Baltimore, Prince George’s and Montgomery counties — said they would act according to the best interests of their residents and that a “one size fits all” approach isn’t to their liking.

But business organizations expressed dismay at the prospects that they would be dealing with a quilt of guidelines – that dry cleaners or florists or restaurants just a few blocks apart from each other would be operating under different rules.

In a joint statement, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski and Baltimore City Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young said they would decide in the next 24 hours which approach their jurisdictions would take.

In general, Hogan’s announcement was applauded. Greater Baltimore Committee President and CEO Donald C. Fry said it was a welcome step but noted that it was “critically important that we continue to adhere to the advice of public health experts as we deal with this pandemic.”

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Also see: Governor Larry Hogan’s May 13 statement on Gatherings, Reopenings of Certain Businesses and Facilities