Law enforcement agencies across the State of Maryland are being asked what citizens can or cannot do to be in compliance with the recent “Stay-at-Home” Order. To help address these concerns the following information is being provided.
- The purpose of the “Stay-at-Home” order is two-fold. First, is to address the rapid and easy spread of the COVID-19 virus. This Virus requires a human host in order to be carried to other locations and then spread to others. Secondly, abiding by the “Stay-at-Home” order greatly reduces people from innocently contracting the COVID-19 virus and spreading it to their own family members or others.
- The Order does not prohibit people from going to the store to get groceries or prescriptions, seeking medical attention at an urgent care facility, getting cleaning or laundry supplies. In addition, the Order does not prevent people from going out to get necessities for pets or other livestock.
- The Order allows for travel to care for a family member, friend, pets, etc. Citizens are also permitted to travel for transporting family, friends, pet or livestock for essential health and safety activities.
- The Order also allows for travel to and from an educational institution to receive meals or instructional materials for distance learning.
- The Order allows for outdoor exercise activities (done in accordance to with social distancing guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and crowd gatherings of 10 people or less. However, such actives may not be done at a park that has been closed by state or local government.
- Restaurants can be visited if obtaining food for carry-out or drive-thru only.
- Unlike other states, Maryland does not require documentation to travel about to essential services. While it is not necessary for drivers in Maryland to have documentation about the purpose of travel, having such documentation may help resolve questions. In addition, there is no restriction on travel to work outside of Maryland. However, if extended times is spent out of state, it is recommended the person self-quarantine for 14-days once back in Maryland.
- Child custody exchanges can also still occur under this Order. Citizens should keep in mind social distancing and the other precautions recommended by Maryland Health Department of Health and the CDC.
- This Order also does not prohibit construction companies from operating. Employees should exercise social-distancing as much as possible and when safe to do so.
- There is NOT a curfew in Maryland. Law Enforcement will not stop vehicles after 8PM on 3/30/20, unless the law enforcement officer has probable cause that the driver committed a violation of the law. Law enforcement officers will use the Executive Order to support filing criminal charges of attendees at large unlawful crowds, especially if already warned.
- Enforcement of the Order will be conducted by all Maryland Law Enforcement. However, law enforcement officers will not make traffic stops simply to ask drivers where they are going to determine if their travel is essential or not.
- If, in the course of the regular performance of his/her duties, such as during a crash investigation or a traffic stop, the law enforcement officer develops information indicating the individual was engaged in non-essential travel, enforcement action can be taken, in consultation with the state's attorney's office in that jurisdiction.
- The Executive Order closes campgrounds, unless the person in an RV actually resides in the RV as their permanent residence.
- The Order also eliminates non-essential businesses from operating curbside pick-up. They can only conduct delivery orders to the customer’s residence. Restaurants can continue to sell food and drink on a carry-out or drive-thru basis.
- This Order does allow family members to drive their family member to work.
The Executive Order can be viewed in its entirety here: https://governor.maryland.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Gatherings-FOURTH-AMENDED-3.30.20.pdf