Jan Gardner Press Conference

Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner at a press conference last month. 

Frederick County will enter into phase 2 of Gov. Larry Hogan’s (R) Roadmap to Recovery on Friday at 5 p.m., County Executive Jan Gardner (D) announced in a news briefing Thursday.

That means a long list of non-essential businesses can open countywide — including more personal services, like nail salons, tattoo parlors and tanning salons.

Hogan’s executive order says that all customers over the age of 2 must wear face coverings in those personal service businesses, unless the face covering would make it impossible to perform business. It also states those businesses must not exceed 50 percent capacity, and that areas where services are performed must be sanitized after each use.

“I do think there’s going to be complaints about that to those business owners, so I want to make sure people know that came from the governor,” Gardner said after the briefing regarding that part of the order.

Gardner’s executive order follows Hogan’s order for the most part. She added, however, that she has added some requirements, like having personal services like barbershops and hair salons schedule special hours in the morning for seniors and those who are more vulnerable to complications from the virus.

She also said some business sectors highlighted in his order, like construction and manufacturing, has been operating at full capacity in the county for multiple weeks, as those are essential businesses.

Most businesses that are still restricted are tied to large gatherings—except for churches, which have a 250-person cap, per Hogan’s executive orders.

Gardner said some common businesses that are still closed include bowling alleys, movie theaters, sporting events and others that involve large gatherings.

Still, that doesn’t mean all business owners will choose to open, she added.

“The requirements on these things are so significant that some businesses and activities are going to make a choice that they’re not going to open right now,” Gardner said. “And I really was surprised by some of the liability issues that I heard from people.”

“There’s a number of reasons why people may not want to make an investment to move forward now, or they don’t think they’ll get enough customers to move forward,” she added.

Some restrictions remain in place for businesses that can open, according to Gardner and Hogan’s executive orders. That includes a 50 percent capacity limit in businesses under 10,000 square feet, and face coverings must be worn by all customers that visit those businesses. Multiple times during Thursday’s briefing, Gardner urged county residents to adhere to local and state regulations in order to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

“We’re not out of the woods yet,” she said.

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well let us hope that we will be in the final stage prior to the end of June and back to normal for the 4th of July - she allows protest gatherings and yet keeps other things shutdown lame and she is okay in her thought process for the most part, but she can do more the real question will be in 3 weeks when Hogan moves the state to the final stage and we are fully reopen with or without Jan...


Sorry but the “50% capacity for buildings under 10,000 sqft. is all Queen Jans doing. That’s why the department stores in Frederick county aren’t open but those in Washington county are. Stores like Kohl’s, DSW, Barnes and Noble. There was no restriction to square footage in Hogan’s EO only in Wuhan Jan’s. And according to this they STILL can’t open!


All retail is at 50 percent occupancy in the Governor's Order. As is almost everything else.


Why are you calling her queen, when she is simply enforcing the governor's executive order? Please stop the name calling.


Go back on the Frederick county government website and look at her “Executive Orders” she states that “small businesses, less than 10,000 square feet, may open at 50%”. A size restriction WAS NOT in Hogan’s orders. She is enforcing her perceived “power”.


Why do you Hate Jan Gardener? She has brought positive change to Frederick County. What’s your problem with her?


This implies that Hogan and Jan said the same thing User??....“Some restrictions remain in place for businesses that can open, according to Gardner and Hogan’s executive orders. That includes a 50 percent capacity limit in businesses under 10,000 square feet, and face coverings must be worn by all customers that visit those businesses”.


yes that is right


50% capacity limit on smaller spaces makes sense, as crowding is more likely to occur there.


Smaller businesses have smaller occupancy rates so it’s all the same.

Greg F

Bodies per square foot...is that really hard math? The idea is we aren’t at the point WashCo is either and MoCo and some others are still fare more restricted than here. It’s not over...and more nutcases out there are going without masks even when strongly advised to do so...like they are immune...and don’t give a sh.. about others.


User, think of shopping in a big store vs. a small store, such as RetroMetro, my favorite Frederick store. In an aisle of the big store, two shopping carts can pass each other with plenty of room to spare. In Retro-Metro, you cannot even fit a shopping cart. People were right next to each other. Retro-Metro is open, but I probably would not consider going in Retro-Metro until November, when it is time to get funny holiday gifts. There are a lot of sensible people in Frederick, so I doubt they would get half full even without Jan's order.


Occupancy rates are calculated by applying the fire codes to the type of occupancy and the exit capacity and is X number of bodies per square foot. This is just Gardner showing her power without any science to back it up.[ninja]


I didn't see any square footage mentioned in Hogan's FNP article, only Gardner's. What am I missing? Is Gardner still trying to demonstrate her power in the face of declining positivity tests and hospitalizations? What's the science behind her decisions? [ninja]



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