Jan Gardner Press Conference

Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner answers questions from a reporter following her televised press conference Thursday afternoon at Winchester Hall.

County Executive Jan Gardner and Frederick Mayor Michael O’Connor announced Thursday that the city and county will follow the latest stages of Gov. Larry Hogan’s reopening plan.

Gardner said houses of worship, barbershops and hair salons can open, beginning Friday at 5 p.m., as highlighted in one of her previous executive orders. Barbershops and salons may open at 50 percent capacity, workers must sanitize in between customers and they and customers must wear face coverings, along with following other guidelines from the governor’s office.

Houses of worship can open as long as social distancing is followed and attendance is capped at 250 people, among other guidelines—including a 50 percent maximum capacity, Gardner said. Congregants and religious leaders are also required to wear face coverings, according to guidance from the governor’s office.

She urged religious leaders to use “caution” when opening up in order to protect the community and prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Gardner and O’Connor said they’re also following Hogan’s order allowing restaurants to open up for outdoor dining, as long they follow the governor’s guidelines, which include:

  • Staff wearing face coverings
  • A maximum of six people per table, except members of the same household
  • Properly spacing tables
  • Sanitizing menus and tables between every use

O’Connor said the city has received more than 1,000 responses from residents, regarding a survey asking them about how restaurants can expand their outdoor seating arrangements, especially downtown. Gardner also said those businesses can apply for a permit free of charge through the county to expand. Those permit applications will be vetted by the liquor board and health department and other county divisions.

Michael O'Connor Press Conference

Frederick Mayor Michael O’Connor speaks during a press conference with County Executive Jan Gardner Thursday at Winchester Hall, a day after Governor Hogan announced the loosening of some restrictions put in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

O’Connor said the responses show the topic is of high interest to city residents, and that outdoor dining will reopen in a “phased approach.” All restaurants with existing outdoor dining spaces can reopen beginning Friday at 5 p.m., given they follow the governor’s guidelines, he added.

Next week, city officials plan to announce more options for restaurants to expand their outdoor footprint, O’Connor said.

“It is important to reiterate that any of our options, which includes changes and expansions ... will require approvals, and likely applications from entities such as the health department, or the liquor board,” O’Connor said, referencing the possibility of using public streets and other scenarios.

Gardner said after the briefing that reacting to the governor’s orders has been a challenge, as his orders can be complicated to implement. She added she’s been up late most nights looking through the governor’s executive orders and guidelines, and communicating with senior county officials on how to implement them.

“All of these details matter,” Gardner said. “I wish there was more time to implement it. I understand, because I’m an elected official, that you want to make your own announcement and don’t want somebody else doing it for you, but it was hard to implement these things in 48 hours, depending on what they are.”

Some of those areas are the reopening of pools and youth camps, Gardner said Thursday. Pools can open at 25 percent per the governor’s order, but Gardner noted that staff must be trained and wear face coverings, as well as patrons when they’re not swimming.

Those camp and pool officials are going to need to decide whether it’s cost-effective to even reopen, given the limitations and increased costs, she added. The same applies to restaurants, depending on how much staff they can bring back, Gardner said.

“Some of this will be controlled by the restrictions, the time of the implementation ... these things are self-phasing, and self-limiting themselves,” Gardner said. “I just don’t think on Friday at five o’clock, [residents are] going to see this stuff implemented. They’re not going to see their community pool open, they’re not going to see a lot of this outdoor dining because all of it requires this permitting and requirement process.”

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fnpreader123

FYI to all those saying we must wear masks or we are selfish, here's WHO's update on that (which aligns with what we were told up until a few months ago here in the US): The World Health Organization is recommending that if you are healthy, you only need to wear a mask if you are taking care of a person with COVID-19. If not healthy, wear a mask if you are coughing or sneezing.

No duh! Masks are ineffective, and germ traps. I am having a horrible time wearing mine at the grocery store because of my allergies, I constantly have a stuffed nose and I think the mask collects pollen on my way into the store.

Dwasserba

Thank you for wearing your mask. Yours protects me some, mine protects you some. Allergies are terrible when Springs are the best. Mine went right into a sinus infection. Respiratory issues are annoying but nothing like they are with covid.

User1

Again, unless you have an N95 mask you are only protecting others if you have symptoms. People wearing the homemade cloth masks have to remember to wash them often. Wear them in the stores but them put it in a ziplock when not in use.

threecents

Please wear masks, and please be smart about cleaning or disposing of your masks. For one thing, they keep us from touching our mouths and noses. When sneezing, coughing, and even when talking, small droplets are flying out or mouth. Many of those droplets will get caught by the mask. Some virus will go through the mask, so it is far from perfect, but it is much better than nothing.

awteam2000

Thanks 🙏 Funshine for being considerate of public safety in spite of the inconvenience to you. Hopefully we’ll get through this soon.

awteam2000

When people do have to be outside at a high pollen time, wearing a mask is a good filter. I too have battled allergies for years. It was recommended to me by my allergist to wear a N95 mask several years ago, especially when doing yard work. It worked. Here a site that might be of help to you.

https://www.edcmag.com/best-allergy-mask/

You may also want to consult your physician.

bosco

The doom-and-gloomers cite the need to follow science and stay home, wear a mask etc. As science catches up and knowledge of the virus expands, will their level of fear subside or will they be calling for continued lockdowns and masks forever? I wonder what will alleviate the fear factor?

You know, the Spanish flu is still out there. West Nile virus, malaria, yellow fever, Ebola are all waiting to strike. [ninja][thumbdown]

phydeaux994

Pay attention to the EXPERTS bosco, they know what is best. All those other diseases are still around but they are understood and dealt with accordingly. COVID-19 is not yet understood and there is no vaccine or treatments to mitigate its effects except distancing and masks, which are effective. COVID-19 will continue to spread until there is no one left to get infected and/or there is a vaccine. That’s when the fear will end. Meanwhile, do your part to keep it in check to the best of your ability. Wear a mask and avoid large groups of people. Thanks.

User1

These the same experts that say “don’t wear a mask, wear a mask, don’t wear a mask”. This virus is here to stay. Until there is herd immunity it’ll be like the seasonal flu. Coming and going. Even with a vaccine people will still get it. The biggest problem is people NOT being considerate and staying home if feeling ill. You know, the “ME, ME, ME” ones.

bosco

Yes, Fido, I do wear a mask and distance when required, and we limit our Corona parties to 10 who agree to mask up and distance when enjoying the Bosco Manor pond and yacht club. We also follow the plethora of "experts" and the statistics closely. It's time to either get out there and live or stay in your bunker until you are comfortable in getting out there.

Would you agree that the politicians blew it by not locking down concentrations of the most vulnerable - NURSING HOMES?

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bosco

Agree user1. [thumbup][ninja]

xJacky1

Jan and Mike open the city and county up. It is time for you to get out of the way and let those whose livelihood depends on commerce get back to it. Since a disproportionate amount of deaths occurred in extended care facilities perhaps you should focus your attention on setting protocols there. With masks and distancing in place there is no reason why all business in the city and county cannot open.

FrederickFan

Jacky - did you read the article? They opened up what the Governor allowed. The Governor decided what is open or not! And the county and city don't regulate nursing homes either. Write to the Governor!

bosco

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thump1202

Had a karen come out me while I was shopping the other day because I had a haircut. I said it was none of her business, she pulled out her phone and started getting crazy. I said sorry, you won't get viral off this karen. Go home and take care of your family like a good woman.

threecents

The BS meter is reading high. Many, including me, cut there own hair or have family members do it.

dancing donna

Those at the pool are going to have funny looking tans are their faces. Can't see people in the heat of summer wearing masks outdoors.

phydeaux994

C’mon thump, quit making stuff up to make your case. My wife always cuts my hair, like three’s family. And she got so desperate, she let me give her a trim yesterday.

Reader1954

just let us put our masks on and go about our business. If you are scared then stay home and leave the rest of us alone

Arbit

Agree!!

bpswp

We are a county, state, and country in complete denial, 40K deaths in May and still counting. Good luck to all who ignore the science.

bosco

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Joeseamhead

That’s how I see it, bpswp

threecents

Most aren't in denial. When I went food shopping yesterday, everyone was wearing masks and social distancing where possible. The store manager was making sure it did not get very crowded - but it was much less crowded than pre-C19 anyway. Most people seem to be getting it - at least where there are rules.

User1

But some still don’t know how to wear a mask. It does NOT go under your nose! And wearing gloves? Just cross contamination of everything they touch. Forget the gloves and just remember to wash your hands.

Barrister

He can't.

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frederickpilot

So no travel for now, right?

steelersfan2005

Travel resumed 2 weeks ago in Hogans first order of Phase 1.

mgoose806

Thank You Governor... Jan please go back to legislating Balloon pollution laws and other irrelevant laws. You have done enough economic damage to the County.

phydeaux994

Some examples of economic damage please. BTW, the County Council Legislates, not Jan. You must not like good Government. Blaine, Kirby and Billy are gone mgoose, your idea of good government I suppose.

mgoose806

Pretty clear you are or where a public sector employee that has no understanding of cashflow is all about. So let's pretend you haven't gotten a paycheck or government hand-out for last ten weeks. So zero cash flow coming to phydeaux994 household. No take that and imagine you are the owner of a restaurant, retail store, Dentist or the millions of business' in the private sector that experiencing no cash flow. The Federal, State, and Local governments, including Jan have no economic skin in the crisis. They are all getting paid in full and on time. I'm sure that is the case with you too. Blaine, Kirby, and Billy are all in the private sector today and they might not have been the best for Frederick County...but they are all feeling what every private sector employer or employee are feeling. Jan..not so much.

bosco

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Tenacity247

And you still didnt answer the question. Just complaining about Jan when all she did was follow Hogans lead with the exception of the last 2 weeks. I'm going to say this loud of enough for the cheap seats, THIS ENTIRE SITUATION SHOULD HAVE ZERO TO DO WITH POLITICS AND EVERYTHING TO DO WITH SCIENCE! I really cant understand why anyone is so resistant to wearing a mask. If you're hanging out at the park and following social distancing then dont wear your mask. If you go into the grocery store or are outside where social distancing cant be followed, wear a mask. It's not that difficult.

threecents

[thumbup]Ten. People blaming Jan and not saying exactly what she should have done differently that would have helped anything. And why are they specifically blaming her, and not the mayor, the aldermen, and the county council?

jagman

In California you can swim in the ocean but can't walk on the beach. In NY you can't swim in the ocean but you can walk on the beach.

This isn't science. It is petty dictatorial control.

threecents

Jag, That is just a weird conclusion to draw from those factoids. Do they also have evil laughs?

FrederickFan

The Governor shut down all the businesses in the state not Jan or the Mayor. You need to take your complaints to the Governor. Local officials are just doing what they can. And, for goodness sake, there is a very contagious virus that has caused 100,000 deaths in our country. I guess you missed that!

jagman

OK three. Explain the obvious contradiction of the California vs NYS beach and ocean "rules".

phydeaux994

jag, because no one really knows what the right thing to do is and there is no direction from the Federal Government, who has the best information but refuses to issue a National Directive based on that information. So the response from the State and Local Governments is not consistent.

jagman

Well, those restrictions certainly aren't based on any science. Otherwise, they'd agree.

You sound as if you're making a case the NYS and CA governors are incompetent.

Tenacity247

The complaint keeps shifting..its Jan, no it's liberals, no its Hogan no its NY and Cali have different protocols (which have zero to do with Frederick) Enough already! If you only want to complain about where you live then find somewhere else. I heard President Bone Spurs has some BEAUTIFUL new condos for sale. Go there, pay your tribute and console him after we vote him out in November

threecents

Jag, I don't have an explanation for you, just the point that you conclusion was not supported by your factoids.

User1

But as Wuhan Jan said in her EO two weeks ago “it’s on me, I own it”. That’s what she gets the big bucks for.

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threecents

Ant, How did you go from this article to that response?

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phydeaux994

What is she doing wrong? What would a leader be doing sir??

Brookhawk

Since I have a lung issue, I know I won't be going to any outdoor dining just yet, but I wonder if I can go anywhere near it either. I've been doing take-out from a restaurant that has an outdoor dining area and you have to go between it and the door to get in. I will talk to my doctor about it. I have no desire to get COVID and will give up the take-out if my doctor suggests it but it is too bad if I have to do that. I've been supporting this favorite restaurant of mine through this whole thing.

anthonylapara

Bookhawk I am sorry for you. Im sure your favorite restaurant will insure you can get your carryout without causing you problems. Try Brewers they will. And lots of peple will too

threecents

BH[thumbup]

rbtdt5

I wish everyone had this attitude. Those not worried, go out. Those who have issues or are worried, please stay home.

phydeaux994

You don’t care if your family and friends get infected and pass it on to others rb. What is the big deal about wearing a mask rb, the Gummint says you gotta wear clothes and you don’t complain about that. As a pundit said last night, Trump is a fool for not making all his people wear red masks with MAGA or TRUMP 2020 emblazoned on them. As a fellow American??? worry about everybody but yourself. Get rid of the phony bravado, it doesn’t hurt to be nice.

Greg F

👍😷

rbtdt5

Um, OK Phy. Guess you are smarter than I as to me your reply makes no sense to me. How am I infecting my friends and family? What does any of this have to do with wearing clothes? Sorry I wasn't nice. I thought I was with saying that I wish more people would be like hawk. Don't want to go out, don't. You can force everyone to do as you wish though or try to shame them, that is much nicer

threecents

Apparently a lot of people are infected without symptoms and are spreading the virus. Everyone needs to remember that it is there duty to keep from getting infected. If nobody is infected the virus becomes extinct.

phydeaux994

jag, the Dictionary definition of a Racist is one who believes their Race, no matter what their Race is, is SUPERIOR to another, or others. Based on many of your comments, you believe that. Hence, you fit the description. My lip remains unbuttoned. ✌️

User1

Watch out your TDS is showing!

Greg F

How about you just wear a friggin’ mask and keep a reasonable distance? How hard is that to help others? So...you’ll go out there and potentially expose others and carry potential exposure back to work or family. Hippie for you Mr. Contribution....such a sacrifice.

rbtdt5

Greg, you have said you go out to wear people don't wear masks or they don't wear them right. I protect myself and if I don't feel safe, I will leave. Not sure why you think I don't wear a mask. Can you help explain that one?

bosco

rbtdt5, Doctor Fed Up GregF unloads on anyone who wants to reopen as a Trump supporter who refuses to wear a mask in an effort to spread the virus because they don't care and want to kill grandma. He is one of the never-happy, never-Trumper, doom-and-gloomers who turn any reasonable discussion or question regarding the virus into an anti-Trump rant. From his posts here, he appears to be a sad, unhappy individual. [ninja]

In the meantime, we are out and about gathering supplies for our next Corona yard and pond party - wearing masks and distancing of course. [thumbup]

jagman

I would add that soy-boy gregf is clearly a public sector employee enjoying his fully paid extended vacation staying at home.

What's not to like? No commute "down the road". No dreary days in the cubicle farm.

Just staying home, getting paid and spending time scolding all who disagree.

A great gig but it requires economic activity to generate his "paycheck".

xJacky1

In the case of democrats, will a pointy white hood with two eye holes suffice as a mask?

awteam2000

Sounds like Trump logic.

XJax, Does wearing a hood provide more protection? Or is your comment meant to be an ignorant partisan potshot ? Just wear your mask 😷 and keep your distance. It ain’t that hard. Even you can do it.🤷‍♂️

threecents

XJ, Trump would be so proud of you for that one. We all know that less than 0.1% of KKK and related groups are Democrats, but you did an expert misdirection swerve on that issue and blamed it on Democrats, and half the readers are probably with you.[love]

jagman

democrats don't like being reminded they have long history with the klan. Including creating it in the first place.

Even Hillary Clinton luv's her some klan leadership:

https://observer.com/2010/06/hillary-clinton-remembers-friend-and-mentor-robert-byrd/

awteam2000

... Or ‘White Americans’. Why do racist hate to be called racist, Jagman? You should know.

jagman

Are you calling me a racist, aw? If so, cite an example for why.

Otherwise, button your lip.

phydeaux994

Sorry, I put this in the wrong place above. It is intended for jag......jag, the Dictionary definition of a Racist is one who believes their Race, no matter what their Race is, is SUPERIOR to another, or others. Based on many of your comments, you believe that. Hence, you fit the description. My lip remains unbuttoned. ✌️

jagman

OK fido, it's on.

Produce a comment I've ever made that fits that description.

Go ahead and try. You can't.

phydeaux994

This will have to do for now jag. “This Black juvenile would have already been executed by the State for Murder. On videotape, no reasonable doubt, he killed a man”!! And on today’s Police killing a Black man articles in Minneapolis, from jagman?? not a peep, not one Word. And from CD and bosco, “well Trump said he was going to look into it”. And Trump’s Press Conference today, “about China”??? This is exactly why I’m always talking about Race. Racism is the reason for our Divided Nation, promoted by Donald John Trump and the RRR(RadicalRightRepublicans) of Frederick County Maryland.

jagman

jagman May 16, 2020 9:02am

In a just society this "kid" would have already been executed by the state for murder. Particularly since there is clear video evidence off the crime. No reasonable doubt on this one. And spare me the argument that we cannot know what was going on in his mind at the time. Who cares. He killed a man.

His age, race and social-economic standing are irrelevant. Only the crime he committed should be considered when determining punishment.

Instead, as others have pointed out, he will get a "time out", a few useless drugs and will soon be released back into society. That would be downtown Frederick. I predict with some certainty that he will become "news" again in the future. Count on it.

jagman

Ok fido, you have really stepped in it this time. First, You have re-written my comment with your own interpretation in the first paragraph. Then, you cut in the actual comment which clearly states "His age, race and social-economic standing are irrelevant. Only the crime he committed should be considered when determining punishment." So, fido, how is that statement racist? It clearly is not. It's the exact opposite of racist. YOU have interpreted it as racist. Which proves what many have said about you which is you see race in literally everything.

Then, back to your first paragraph you then claim I did not comment on the Minneapolis police murder. A totally false statement by YOU. All you have to do is open that article and you will find my comment this AM at 7:41. It states quite clearly the following:

"Here we have convincing evidence of an obvious murder committed by a cop. While three other cops just stood around and watched. I cannot imagine what their "defense" will be once charges are filed. Particularly since the kneeling cop has a history of mistreatment of the public.

Sadly, it is not unusual for cops to mistreat people. I have long believed many cops are just grown up schoolyard bullies with badges and guns. This time it got way out of control. Let's hope justice prevails."

So, you lied by claiming I did not comment on that story and you made up some silly racist claim about the other comment concerning the fair killing.

Good lord man, you can't even defend your claims against me. You see racism around every corner. You've been called out on it before. You need to wake up and realize you have a serious problem with the truth.

You definitely lost this round, buddy. And awteam ran for the hills once I called him/her out on that claim.

This argument is over.

threecents

There is Jag, proving my point by cherry picking misleading factoids.

jagman

And what would those "cherry picked factoids be, three?

Go ahead. Make a fool of yourself like fido did.

threecents

Jag, I was referring to your 12:56 post, which was in response to my post that stated that less than 0.1% of KKK and like minded groups are Democrats. I don't know why, but you brought up that Democrats used to make up a higher percentage, but the Democratic party is not the the same as the current Democratic party, so your points were irrelevant. And then you brought up that Hillary admired Robert Byrd. Robert Byrd joined the KKK in the 1940s and called it the greatest mistake of his life. He went on to became a leader in pro-Civil Rights legislation while in the Senate, so what does he have to do with anything on your docket?

threecents

And Jag, the point of mine that you proved was from my 11:55 post, in which I pointed out that there are still overt racists in the Republican Party, but some Republicans will swerve away from allegations like that and misdirect the conversation - just what you ended up doing.

jagman

I stated actual facts, three. It is a fact that democrats want to erase their long history with the klan.

An stop with the canard about how today's democrats aren't the same as before. They are. I've been watching those people for half a century. If there has been any change it's becoming more insane and openly hating America more than before.

And you quip about republicans being racist is just a false as the asinine response I got from the race-baiting fido. You can't back it up unless you falsify statements, just like fido did.

steelersfan2005

you could try door dash or uber eats?

User1

Almost all the restaurants that have takeout also have curbside delivery when you never leave your car. Have you tried that?

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