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.

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Steve Bohnel is the county government reporter for the Frederick News-Post. He can be reached at He graduated from Temple University, with a journalism degree in May 2017, and is a die-hard Everton F.C. fan.

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Oh the bravery! Oh the courage! Oh the humanity! The Grand Old Party shows us all the way.


Trump is throwing a party, all Republicans are invited, no face masks, lots to drink. Contributions from the DNC! More than one way to skin a cat. [tongue_smile]


We should roll the dice, open up the economy and allow Americans from urban and rural communities to integrate to unite the nation and cull the herd.


Sure...empty the RNC. Fine with me.


In fact lets do more than follow his plan, lets just reopen completely. Now that would be an act of real political fortitude. Instead we have fear of being wrong leading the charge across the state and county. This is about over, at least for now. Epidemiologists know it and those who pay attention know it. There is a pattern to respiratory viruses and fortunately the end game for this time period is about over.


Really now. Who are the epidemiologists that are saying Covid is over? Because Sars-Cov-2 is a virus scientists have never seen before. And now, according to what you're reading/hearing, they have put out the "all-clear"?

That's odd. Because WHO just reported the largest single day increase in Covid cases worldwide. Scientists are still trying to figure out how the virus is transmitted to be more precise in halting the spread.

Over 1 million people in Jilin province in China face lockdown (again) as a second wave of Covid spreads there (source:

Can we return to normal? No. Can we reopen safety? Yes, but we cannot let our guard down.


Highly contagious. No vaccine. No treatment. Lasting potential organ damage for survivors. A related virus that targets children. Move along, folks, nothing to see here.

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