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Hogan Announces Major Actions to Protect Public Health, Limit Spread of COVID-19 Pandemic; School Closings March 16-27

 

Annapolis, MD - March 12, 2020 - Today I announced a series of major actions to protect public health and safety and limit the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in Maryland. A comprehensive list can be found here: https://governor.maryland.gov/…/governor-hogan-announces-m…/

I am raising the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) activation level to full and directing the Maryland National Guard to move to a higher state of readiness in order to carry out any necessary emergency functions. No passenger or crew member will be allowed to disembark at any terminal at the Port of Baltimore from any passenger vessel that has made a call at port outside of the United States since January 31, 2020. Furthermore, I am delegating day-to-day operations of state government to Lt. Governor Boyd K Rutherford.

Effective immediately, gatherings of more than 250 people, including social, community, spiritual, religious, recreational, leisure, and sporting gatherings, are prohibited at all locations and venues. All senior citizen activities centers will close beginning March 13.

And, at the direction of the Maryland State Department of Education Superintendent, beginning on Monday, March 16, all schools throughout Maryland will close through Friday, March 27, 2020. During the time of school closure, all school buildings and school buses should be cleaned and disinfected to prevent spread of the virus.

This problem continues to evolve and will escalate rapidly and dramatically. For Marylanders, the actions I have announced today will be disruptive to your everyday lives. They may seem extreme, but they could be the difference in saving lives and keeping people safe.

It is impossible at this time to know how long this threat will continue. What I do know is that my first and highest priority is protecting the health, the safety, and the welfare of the people of Maryland. We are all in this together, and we cannot stop the spread of this virus without each and every one of you doing your part. But I want you all to know that we will get through this together. Our state has already faced and overcome daunting challenges before, and we will do so again.

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