Hogan issues ’emergency order’ that bans non-essential travel

Hogan issues ’emergency order’ that bans non-essential travel

Gov. Larry Hogan speaks at a news conference on Thursday evening (Screenshot)

@BryanRenbaum

Gov. Larry Hogan wants Marylanders to stay at home for the holidays to limit the spread of the coronavirus pandemic and on Thursday he issued an order that prohibits non-essential travel.

“Today I am issuing an emergency order which requires limiting travel to essential purposes only. Marylanders who do travel outside of Maryland or individuals who do travel to our state will be required to obtain a negative COVID-19 test result or to self-quarantine for ten days,” Hogan said at a news conference at the State House in Annapolis.

Transportation Secretary Greg Slater joined in Hogan in asking Marylanders to avoid non-essential travel during the holiday season.

“As COVID-19 is picking up we join Governor Hogan in asking all Marylanders to stay home for the holidays. If you don’t have to travel, please don’t. This holiday season please give the gift of health by avoiding non-essential travel to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and to protect you and your families. Simply put, don’t travel unless necessary.”

At Thursday’s news conference Hogan announced the continuation of mandatory telework for all state employees that are able to so and he encouraged the state’s businesses to limit in-person interactions as much as possible.

Hogan also announced that the state will provide an additional $180 million in aid to help both small businesses and families in need of assistance.

The investments include:

  • $50 million for the hospitality industry
  • $30 million for restaurants
  • $15 million for entertainment venues
  • $5 million for “socially or economically disadvantaged” businesses, namely those located in rural areas
  • $40 million for the state’s Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA) program
  • $40 million for the state’s “developmental disability care providers

Hogan said that next month when the General Assembly reconvenes he will urge lawmakers to approve a more expansive economic relief package.

“With the actions we are taking today we are providing a total of more than $600 million in emergency economic relief for the state. When the legislature returns to work next month for the 2021 session we will be proposing a much larger economic and stimulus relief package which will provide further support for our struggling families and small businesses.”

There are 241,767 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Maryland as of Thursday morning, according to the state’s Department of Health, and 5,152 people in Maryland have died from the virus. The state’s positivity rate is at 7.73%, which is well above CDC recommended guidelines for containment. Maryland has conducted more than 5.1 million COVID-19 tests.

About The Author

Bryan Renbaum

Bryan@MarylandReporter.com

Reporter Bryan Renbaum served as the Capitol Hill Correspondent for Talk Media News for the past three-and-a-half years, filing print, radio and video reports on the Senate and the House of Representatives. He covered congressional reaction to the inauguration of President Donald Trump as well as the confirmation hearings of attorneys general Jeff Sessions and William Barr and Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. He also filed breaking news reports on the 2017 shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and three others. Previously Bryan broke multiple stories with the Baltimore Post-Examiner including sexual assault scandals at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and a texting scandal on the women’s lacrosse team at that school for which he was interviewed by ABC’s “Good Morning America.” He also covered the Maryland General Assembly during the 2016 legislative session as an intern for Maryland Reporter. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science from McDaniel College. If you have additional questions or comments contact Bryan at: bryan@marylandreporter.com

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