Monday, March 16, 2020
Maryland orders bars, restaurants, movie theaters, gyms to close to prevent coronavirus spread
Hogan also banned the holding of events of more than 50 people. Two-hundred and fifty Maryland State Troopers are being deployed to enforce these orders, as well as address any other law enforcement matters during the pandemic, he said, stressing that the closures and bans will be vigorously enforced.
All grocery stores, pharmacies and banks are remain open, Hogan said. The governor said he has ordered an immediate assessment of which currently-closed hospital facilities across the state can be reopened. Hogan suggested such actions could potentially add up to 6000 additional hospital beds, which are currently too few to meet the demand of the worst-case scenario with covid-19.
Hogan also activated the Maryland Medical Reserve Corps this morning. In addition, he said any physician with an active out-of-state medical license, or an expired Maryland license, will be allowed to practice medicine during the coronavirus crisis.
A thousand Maryland National Guard troops have been deployed this morning for the pandemic, and Hogan said another 1200 are on immediate standby. The governor enacted an executive order preventing any utility, including cable companies, from cutting off service to any customer statewide. Hogan also barred landlords from evicting tenants until further notice.
The state has applied for federal relief regarding meals for needy students. Hogan said the Trump administration has made it possible for Maryland to now provide three meals a day, and a snack to every child who needs them statewide.