On March 9, 2021, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan issued a new executive order and announced that the state will lift many of its COVID-19-related restrictions on businesses and travel. These eased restrictions will likely remain subject to more restrictive local rules and orders in some jurisdictions, although local leaders are still evaluating their authority in that regard. The state’s masking mandate and other advisories will remain in place.
On November 17, 2020, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced new measures in response to the recent uptick in statewide COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and ICU admissions. The governor issued an executive order imposing capacity restrictions on restaurants, bars and other indoor establishments. The Maryland Department of Health also issued a series of orders restricting visitation at hospitals and nursing homes. The statewide orders carry the force of law and violations are punishable by fines up to $5,000 and up to one year in prison.
On Thursday, July 2, Duane Morris’ Baltimore office provided meals from Miss Shirley’s to emergency room workers on the front lines at University of Maryland Medical Center as part of our firmwide Meals for Healthcare Heroes initiative. This program is funded by donations from Duane Morris attorneys and staff and is meant to honor the healthcare workers and support local restaurants. Duane Morris’ COVID-19 Strategy Team will be hosting 15 Meals for Healthcare Heroes events nationwide.
On June 10, 2020, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced that the next round of phased reopenings would begin on June 12, 2020, with another round to follow on June 19, 2020, all subject to local orders. These reopenings continue the state’s implementation of stage two of its three-stage recovery plan.
On June 3, 2020, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced that effective Friday, June 5, 2020, at 5:00 p.m., the state would begin stage two of the its three-stage recovery plan. Maryland began stage one three weeks ago, when Governor Hogan lifted the stay-at-home order that had been in place since March 30, 2020.
On May 27, 2020, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced that effective May 29, 2020, at 5:00 p.m., the state would move forward with the completion of stage one of its three-stage recovery plan. Maryland began stage one of the recovery plan two weeks ago, when Governor Hogan lifted the stay-at-home order that had been in place since March 30, 2020, and permitted certain businesses to reopen with limitations.
When Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced that he would lift the statewide stay-at-home order and launch the state’s three-stage recovery plan at 5:00 p.m. on May 15, 2020, he expressly gave local governments the authority to take a more restrictive approach. Many Maryland counties have since announced that they will retain some or all of the statewide restrictions, and several will remain under local stay-at-home orders.
The current reopening plan for each Maryland county, along with Baltimore City and Ocean City, is set forth in this Alert. To read the full text, please visit the firm website.
On May 13, 2020, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced that effective Friday, May 15, 2020, at 5:00 p.m., he will lift the stay-at-home order that has been in place in the state since March 30, 2020, and will permit certain businesses to reopen with limitations. The announcement marks the launch of stage one of the state’s three-stage recovery plan that Governor Hogan announced on April 24, 2020.