Following a weekend spent indoors, away from friends, family and neighbors, Marylanders now face new limitations in response to the coronavirus pandemic, adding to the D.C. area closures already in place.
Earlier today, Governor Larry Hogan ordered all bars, restaurants, movie theaters and gyms be closed by 5 p.m.
Hogan says certain drive-throughs can remain open, as well as carryout and food delivery services. Grocery stores and pharmacies will also remain open to the public.
In addition, Hogan announced today that gatherings of more than 50 people are banned. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser also issued today an emergency order banning gatherings of more than 50 people, while Governor Ralph Northam on Sunday banned all public gatherings of more than 100 people.
Maryland reported 37 positive cases as of this morning, with more than 100 cases reported across the D.C. region.
During his press conference, Hogan quoted a statement by Dr. Anthony Fauci, an immunologist at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, stating, “If you think you’re overreacting, you’re doing the right thing. Americans should be prepared to hunker down significantly more than we as a country are doing to fight this outbreak.”
Millions of students are already out of school while sports leagues, museums and other cultural institutions, churches and mosques and synagogues have suspended their services.