By: David M. Higgins II, Publisher
Mechanicsville, MD- The Southern Maryland Chronicle has reached out to State Official Steven Schuh about clarification on the social gathering requirements and the number of people allowed. The restriction of no more than 10 people has been lifted.
In the May 27, 2020, Amended Executive Order the Governor stated that the limit of 10 or less people was permitted with appropriate social distancing. You can find this in Section Two titled”Gatherings Larger than 10 People Prohibited“
If you cannot read the May 27, 2020 Order embed please click here: “May 27, 2020 Governor Hogan Amended Order“
In the June 10, 2020 Amended Order, Section Two is completely revised and now states,” Social Distancing“.
The entire section reads,” It is strongly recommended that all Marylanders continue following the most current guidance from the CDC and MDH regarding social distancing, including, without limitation, avoidance of large gatherings and crowded places.“
“The Secretary of Health is hereby authorized to issue Secretary’s Directives requiring individuals to remain indoors or to refrain from congregating, as the Secretary deems necessary to monitor, treat, prevent, reduce the spread of, and suppress COVID-19.“
If you cannot view the June 10 Amended Order, please click here: Governor Hogan Executive Order, June 10, 2020
Although the Governor has lifted the Executive Order requirement of 10 people or less, Counties and the City of Baltimore can still require it. Counties and Baltimore City can be more restrictive than the Governor’s orders, but cannot be less. Mr. Schuh goes on to say in the email response,”The governor recommends social distancing, face coverings, and other sanitary practices. You should also comply with any relevant CDC guidelines. If you have a particulareventin mind and are unsure how to proceed, please consult with the county health officer.”
Southern Maryland Governments are meeting today and tomorrow to go over how they will handle their counties Phase 2 Stage 2 & Stage 3.