Maryland to close all Restaurants, Gyms, Movie Theaters at 5pm, Mar. 16

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ANNAPOLIS Md. - The Governor of Maryland announced at an 11am press conference that all restaurants, bars, movie theaters and gyms will be closed under an executive order as of 5pm on Mar. 16. 

"We need to do our part to stop this deadly virus from spreading," Hogan said in the press conference. "I have just enacted an executive order to shut down all bars, restaurants, movie theaters and gyms across the state, effective at 5pm today, while allowing drive thru, carry out and food delivery service to continue."

An additional order also prohibits any gatherings of over 50 people, cited as guidelines provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC).

"These emergency orders carry the full force of the law and will be strictly enforced," Hogan said. "As we said on Thursday… essential services such as grocery stores, food delivery, pharmacies, gas stations, banks... need to remain open."

The Maryland Medical Reserve Core has also been fully activated. Under Hogan's order, any medical provider with a valid medical license from another state or a holder of an expired Maryland medical license will be allowed to practice during the state of emergency.

This is a developing story.

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