By: David M. Higgins II, Publish
Annapolis, MD- At a 10:45 a.m., Maryland Governor says this morning he has signed an executive order for Maryland to become a “Stay at Home” state. This order becomes effective at 8 pm on March 30, 2020(today).
“We’re no longer asking, we’re directing,” the Governor said.
The punishment for violating this order is 1 year in jail and/or $5,000.
The Governor will be sending out a wireless announcement stating this.
For one, this is not a quarantine or lockdown. A Quarantine/lockdown would be staying in your home and do not leave period.
Anyone that is considered “essential” will still be able to go to work. You will be able to take the kids to the park(if opened), or the dog for a walk. You will be able to go to the grocery store, any doctor appointments( if opened), the pharmacy. Your kids can still go outside in the yard and play. The point is to severely limit larger gatherings.
All nonessential businesses will close, and all nonessential employees are to stay home. The Governor did this last week in an attempt to not have to use a stay at home order.
The order bars all non-essential travel, and permits only travel that is “absolutely necessary.”
Certain public places will be closed, as the lists have been coming out from the county governments.
In the Executive Order, the Governor states “Essential Activities” means: –
i. Obtaining necessary supplies or services for one’s self, family, household members, pets, or livestock, including, without limitation: groceries, supplies for household consumption or use, supplies and equipment needed to work from home, laundry, and products needed to maintain safety, sanitation, and essential maintenance of the home or residence;
ii. Engaging in activities essential for the health and safety of one’s self, family, household members, pets, or livestock, including such things as seeking medical or behavioral health or emergency services, and obtaining medication or medical supplies;
iii. Caring for a family member, friend, pet, or livestock in another household or location, including, without limitation, transporting a family member, friend, pet, or livestock animal for essential health and safety activities, and to obtain necessary supplies and services;
iv. Traveling to and from an educational institution for purposes of receiving meals or instructional materials for distance learning;
v. Engaging in outdoor exercise activities, such as walking, hiking, running, or biking, but only in compliance with paragraph III below and applicable social distancing guidance published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) and the Maryland Department of Health (“MDH”); vi. Travel required by a law enforcement officer or court order; or vii. Traveling to and from
The whole point of the stay at home orders is to further stop or slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. Leaders have tried to limit gatherings from 50 down to 10. Close restaurants, bars, movie theaters, malls, etc. But people are still gathering and going about their daily lives like nothing is wrong.
We are now at a phase of “this needs to happen now to flatten the curve“. We can all do our part to help with that.
This is a developing story. I will be adding more information as the full details emerge.