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Mar 31, 2020 5:56 PM ET

Maryland, Virginia, D.C. stay at home orders: what you need to know

iCrowd Newswire - Mar 31, 2020

While in the past a person may have been frowned upon for playing basketball with friends or having brunch with people outside their household, now, at least in Maryland and the district, they can be imprisoned, fined, or even jailed be put time.

Larry Hogan (R), Governor of Maryland, said: “We are no longer asking or suggesting Marylanders to stay home. We manage them. “

Here are answers to some common questions:

What is allowed? Can I walk or run with my dog?

Residents are also allowed to travel to take care of a family member or pet, as well as go for a walk, bike, hike, and run, although government officials are asking people to do this alone or with people they live with , and only for a short period of time.

(Several experts actually recommend that people who are in quarantine incorporate exercises into their routine to stay physically and mentally healthy.)

The golf courses in Maryland are closed for a while because of the pandemic. Now the campsites are also closed, with the exception of people living in recreational vehicles parked at these locations.

In Virginia, people are allowed to leave their homes to receive food, medication, or medical care. People can leave their homes to play sports, but “must always keep a social distance of at least two meters from every other person” ; As of Wednesday, campsites in Virginia may no longer be reserved. All public beaches are closed except for sports and fishing. Residents can still play golf, said Virginia Governor Ralph Northam (D), but they can’t live in a clubhouse.

In the district, Mayor Muriel E. Bowser’s (D) order stipulates that residents may leave their homes to pursue essential activities and “permitted leisure activities” such as running, hiking, walking with the dog, tennis and golf. Outdoor activities, as ordered, should only be done with members of your household.

Bowser said the city is in talks with federal officials about making changes to access to Rock Creek Park, but the arrangement doesn’t extend to federal properties like the park or mall.

Can I travel to work?

Some people are still allowed to travel to work in all three jurisdictions. The specific list of carveouts differs across jurisdictions, but all generally adhere to what the US Department of Homeland Security sees as “essential critical infrastructure” for responding to the corona virus.

This includes healthcare workers and those who work for federal, state, or local government, news organizations, and nonprofits that serve vulnerable groups.

In addition, those who work for companies that are not classified as essential can continue to travel to their workplaces to maintain “minimum operations”. Employees can go to their offices to collect mail and equipment, facilitate teleworking, or arrange payroll. Retail or grocery store owners can also travel to coordinate or provide deliveries.

In Maryland, officials say that although churches, mosques, and other places of worship are not seen as a “major business”, clergymen can travel there to maintain campus and facilitate long-distance worship.

D.C. and Virginia allow individuals to travel to a place of worship, although services have been canceled in most places and gatherings of groups of people are prohibited.

Can I still take it with me?

Hogan’s order includes a ban on Roadside pick-up for non-essential businesses – a change from before – this does not apply to restaurants. Restaurants can continue to sell “take away or drive through” groceries.

Deliveries are also still allowed, so that in addition to food, someone can order an item from a company that is not considered essential. He just can’t pick it up.

In Virginia, residents are allowed to receive food according to the rules set out in the previous Northam regulation that food businesses “can continue to offer delivery and take-out services.”

Similarly, residents of the district are allowed to leave their homes to participate in “essential business activities” that, according to an earlier order, include collecting food from restaurants and other grocery stores.

Your business will remain open in all three jurisdictions.

What about babysitters and others who work in people’s homes?

Childcare and other types of care are considered essential in all three jurisdictions, which means that a nanny or babysitter can travel from one house to another and from one jurisdiction to another.

The Maryland Office of Legal Counsel issued guidelines that allow people who care for children, the elderly, or people with special needs to continue their work. In the decree of D.C. states that trips to care for “the elderly, minors, relatives, people with disabilities, or other vulnerable people” are allowed, while the Virginia ordinance states that people can leave their homes to “take”[e] Caring for other people.

Neither is it worth it that all three orders allow travel required by law enforcement agencies, including, for example, judicial visiting rights.

Can I travel between jurisdictions?

Hogan said during his press conference that residents should not travel out of the state unless it is “absolutely necessary”, although this is not an explicit part of his ban.

His spokesman Michael Ricci later clarified that residents can travel within the state capital region, but should only do so in accordance with the provisions of the regulation. Residents who regularly travel to work, care for, or perform other important tasks in the district or in an adjacent state do not need to be quarantined when they return.

In addition, those who have “minimal contact” when traveling through Maryland – such as pumping gas – do not need to be quarantined.

Virginia has not banned travel between states or blocked roads and highways, but Northam said that those who leave the state – especially to visit areas where the community is spreading rapidly – are quarantined for 14 days should ask.

Like Hogan, Northam strongly discourages interstate travel, but does not prohibit it with the force of the law.

What other restrictions are there?

All three orders have their own quirks.

  • In Virginia, according to Northam, colleges and universities are prohibited from holding personal courses – a decision that could be directed to Liberty University, which welcomes students back to campus after the spring break, but has committed itself to most courses to hold online.
  • In the district, Bowser ordered the apartments to close the public areas, including roofs and party rooms. Passengers may not have more than two passengers at a time.

How long it will take?

Both the Maryland and Virginia orders took effect on Monday.

The district’s ordinance comes into effect on Wednesday and expires on April 24.

In Maryland it is not immediately clear when the direction of the stay at home ends. The order does not set a date and instead writes that it will remain in effect until the state of emergency is lifted or until another order to replace existing regulations is introduced.

In Virginia, Northam said the regulation will remain in effect until June 10, which is just over 10 weeks away.

What happens if I violate the order?

District violators can be fined up to $ 5,000 and imprisoned up to three months for those who violate Bowser’s home stay rules.

In Maryland, state and local police officers have been ordered to enforce the order, Hogan said. Anyone who has violated the order will be found guilty of an offense and sentenced to up to a year in prison, a fine of $ 5,000, or both.

The Maryland State Police announced on Monday that it conducted nearly 6,100 checks last week to ensure that residents and businesses followed Hogan’s instructions. A man in Charles County was arrested after inviting 60 people to a campfire and a man in Carroll County has been charged for hosting a party for teenagers.

Northam said he had no intention of the authorities preventing people from walking down the street to ask if they were doing authorized business.

But he noted that those who violated his previous ban on gathering 10 or more people or his closure of beaches and campsites could be punished by up Up to one year in prison, a fine of up to $ 2,500, or both.


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