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COVID-19 UPDATE (3/19/20): Hogan closes malls, helps bars, recommends online for UMD System

| March 19, 2020, 10:36 AM

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Today, Governor Larry Hogan announced additional actions the State of Maryland is taking to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Currently there are 107 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 Virus in Maryland including 5 in Anne Arundel County. 1 death in Maryland has been reported so far. Additionally, infection of a child, a 5-year old in Howard County.

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This morning, the Governor highlighted the  following points and actions to help Marylanders fight the COVID-19 virus:

  • BWI– Access is restricted to ticketed passengers, badged employees, and people assisting passengers with disabilities.
  • MASS TRANSIT– Urging people to NOT use MARC, METRO, AMTRAK, or buses. Exception would be to emergency personnel, people working in healthcare, and essential travel to the supply chain.
  • GROUP EVENTS– Amended prior EO to limit events statewide to no more than 10 people.
  • SHOPPING– All enclosed shopping malls and entertainment complexes are ordered closed at 5:00pm today
  • UNIVERSITY OF MD SYSTEM– Urged the Board of Regents to move all classes to online for remainder of semester. Campus to remain open for essential services and exceptions.
  • TRUCKING– EO to allow trucks to exceed maximum weight limits to insure supply chain of goods is not interrupted.
  • HOSPITAL BEDS– The Health Department reports that 900 additional beds have already been made available since the last press conference. They expect an additional 1400 by the beginning of April.
  • BEER WINE AND RESTAURANTS– EO allowing bars, restaurants, breweries, and distilleries, to allow for carryout or delivery of alcohol, subject to local laws.
  • MEALS FOR KIDS– There are now 350 sites established to distribute free meals to school aged children across the state
  • PUBLIC SCHOOLS– There has not been a decision yet on if the current closure of public schools will be extended at this point.

In comments Hogan said, ” We are not trying to lock down society. We are trying to keep things as normal as possible.

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At his prior press conference, the following actions were put into place:

  • The Primary election has been postponed until June 2nd. However to insure fair and full representation in the US Congress the special election to fill the 7th District Seat (former Rep Elijah Cummings) will proceed as planned.
  • Discussions with Stronach Group to postpone Preakness Stakes until September
  • All VEIP centers will be closed and repurposed by the Health Department as drive through COVID-19 Testing Stations
  • They are suspending all non-commercial vehicle testing at the MVA
  • Governors across the nation have requested that the President extend the deadline for REALID compliance
  • Changes at BWI include eliminating check-in lines. All restaurants are carryout only. Only ticketed passengers and employees will be allowed in terminal.
  • Mass transit. Reducing MARC, Metro and commuter bus routes by 50%  yet maintaining medical need for residents
  • All tolls in the state will now be cashless tolling or EZ-Pass tolling to avoid handling money

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