The Frederick County Republican Central Committee has collected about 1,600 signatures — including 1,000 from county residents — asking the county to follow the governor's plan to reopen.
The committee delivered a reopening petition to the County Council this week, according to a news release. Steven Clark, chair of the committee, said County Executive Jan Gardner should follow Gov. Larry Hogan's reopening plan, given data from Frederick Health Hospital.
"County Executive Gardner is ignoring the data in favor of a copy and paste Democratic policy that we have seen in Baltimore and Anne Arundel counties to slow-walk the governor’s reopening plan while people are struggling to make ends meet," Clark said.
According to the news release, Gardner "blocked" the reopening of churches, barbershops, salons and some retailers, all of whom are allowed to reopen under the governor's orders as long at they maintain 50 percent capacity, observe social distancing and have people wear masks. Gardner's executive order says barbershops, salons and churches can reopen in that capacity on May 29 at 5 p.m.
"This was not a hasty decision by the Governor. He has the best health advisors in the state," the release reads.
Clark said the Republican Committee will continue to collect signatures for the reopening petition.