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State Police To Lead Holiday COVID Crackdown

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MARYLAND -- Maryland State Police will take the lead in what Governor Larry Hogan called a "wide-scale, all-hands-on-deck compliance education and enforcement operation" over the Thanksgiving holidays.

Governor Hogan said the operation will launch on Wednesday. The night before Thanksgiving is traditionally a busy one for bars and restaurants. Hogan said that in addition to ramping up drunk driving patrol and enforcement, MSP would also deploy high-visibility COVID compliance units across the entire state.

Troopers will work in cooperation with local law enforcement and health departments to make sure citizens are fully aware of existing health orders.

Hogan said, "Beginning on Thanksgiving Eve, they will be deployed to popular downtown areas in many cities and to other spots around the state. Troopers will support local authorities in compliance checks with a focus on education the public on existing orders, protocols, and priorities."

COVID Compliance Hotline

Additionally, the governor said MSP would operate a 24/7 phone line and email address where members of the public can call with questions or to report unsafe facilities or activities. "Marylanders who see unlawful behavior are encouraged to report it by calling 833-979-2266 or by sending an email to prevent.covid@maryland.gov."

He said the operation wasn't just about enforcement, but educating the public on how to keep businesses safely open.

COVID Phone Alert

At 5 pm on Wednesday, the Maryland Emergency Management Agency will send an alert to cell phones across the state to remind Marylanders of what Hogan called, "critical COVID prevention measures."  He said the alert would also contain information about state and local law enforcement COVID compliance actions.

"Now more than ever, we must keep doing whatever it takes to slow the spread of COVID 19."

Governor Hogan also reminded Marylanders that the state encourages them to avoid holiday travel and to only celebrate Thanksgiving with members of their immediate household. 

While the way we celebrate this year may be different, we still have so much to be thankful for. I'm thankful for doctors, nurses, first responders and all of our front line health care heroes. I'm thankful for our scientists. Most of all I'm thankful for the continued strength and resilience of the people of our great state."

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