March 30, 2020 at 11:09 pm EDT | by Michelle Siegel
Hogan issues stay-at-home order for Md.
Larry Hogan, gay news, Washington Blade
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (Photo by Maryland GovPics via Flickr)

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has issued a stay-at-home order, which took effect for Marylanders at 8 p.m. on Monday.

“This is a deadly public health crisis — we are no longer asking or suggesting that Marylanders stay home, we are directing them to do so,” Hogan said at a Monday press conference. “No Maryland resident should be leaving their home unless it is for an essential job or for an essential reason such as obtaining food or medicine, seeking urgent medical attention, or for other necessary purposes.”

The order will be enforced by state and local law enforcement, Hogan said.

According to a press release posted on Monday after the press conference; to violate this order “knowingly and willfully” constitutes a misdemeanor crime, with a conviction carrying a potential penalty of imprisonment not exceeding one year, a fine not exceeding $5,000 or both.

The press release clarifies this order does not change which businesses are classified as essential, so restaurants “may continue selling food and drink on a carry-out or drive-through basis.” However, because residents of Maryland are no longer permitted to leave their homes to purchase products from nonessential businesses, curbside pick-up at nonessential businesses is no longer permitted.

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