Hogan orders Maryland’s nonessential businesses to close

Gov. Larry Hogan has ordered all non-essential businesses in Maryland to close, the latest in a series of major steps he has taken to try and slow the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

The order will go into effect at 5 p.m. on Monday. Hogan said the move is intended to force people to remain at home unless they need to buy groceries, go to the pharmacy or use any other “essential services.”

Among the types of businesses and services that may remain open include: health care and food, agriculture, energy, public works, community-based government operations, defense- and industry-based sectors, law enforcement, public safety, transportation, critical manufacturing, financial services and water and wastewater.

Restaurants may also continue to do delivery and carry-out orders.

The governor’s latest order follows stay-at-home directives implemented in New York, Ohio, California and Illinois in the midst of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Hogan said he believes Maryland’s order is “more…

Read the full story from the Washington Business Journal.

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