On March 30th, Governor Hogan issued a Stay-at-Home Order for all Maryland residents. Many states have issued their own versions of a stay-at-home order, so it is important that you are aware of the specifics for Maryland’s order. A few important sections of the order are as follows:
- Effective at 8pm on March 30th, no Maryland resident may leave their home unless it’s for an essential job or essential reason. Reasons include going to an essential job, or seeking food, medicine or medical attention.
- No Marylander should be traveling out of state. If you have traveled outside of the region, you should self-quarantine for 14 days upon your return.
- This order also controls the occupancy and use of all businesses, organizations, establishments, and facilities that are not part of the critical infrastructure sectors identified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (currently described at https://www.cisa.gov/identifying-critical-infrastructure-during-covid-19).
- All Non-Essential Businesses shall remain closed to the general public. However, staff and owners may continue to be on-site at Non-Essential Businesses for limited purposes.
- Any person who violates this order is guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment of not more than 1 year, or a fine of $5,000.00, or both.
- This order remains effective until after termination of the state of emergency and the proclamation of the catastrophic health emergency has been rescinded, or until rescinded, superseded, amended, or revised by additional orders.
If you have additional questions as to this order, or if you have been charged with a violation of this order, contact Attorney Justin W. Esworthy for legal assistance. Justin Esworthy is a Maryland criminal/traffic defense lawyer and handles cases in all Maryland jurisdictions, including Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Harford County, Carroll County, and the Eastern Shore. Contact Justin anytime at 443-608-5515 for a free consultation about your case.