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Gov. Larry Hogan 

Additional Maryland state troopers will soon be placed in every county statewide to educate the public and enforce restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Larry Hogan announced Monday.

Hogan (R) said Maryland state police will implement “high visibility compliance units” beginning Wednesday evening. Those units will work with county health departments and local liquor boards to ensure capacity limits, mask wearing and other restrictions are being met at businesses.

The governor said the Maryland Emergency Management Agency will also send an emergency alert to cell phones statewide at 5 p.m. Wednesday with a similar update and to remind Marylanders how to prevent the spread of the coronavirus: wearing masks, washing hands and social distancing.

Maryland State Police is also operating a 24/7 hotline at 833-979-2266 or by email at prevent.covid@maryland.gov for Marylanders to report violations of public health orders or unsafe activities.

Hogan specifically noted the Frederick Police Department’s work with the Frederick County Liquor Board and Office of the State Fire Marshal, among other partners, in enforcing public health orders. The governor, as in previous news conferences, again called on Marylanders to take the simple but necessary steps to prevent the spread of the coronavirus while the state and world awaits a vaccine.

Hogan specifically addressed some who felt the mask orders were unconstitutional.

“It’s sort of like saying, I have a constitutional right to drive drunk,” Hogan said. “[Or] I have a constitutional right to not wear a seat belt or to yell ‘fire’ in a crowded movie theater or to not follow the speed limit ... There’s no constitutional right to walk around without a mask. We did it in 1918. I don’t know why we can’t do it now.”

Hogan was joined by multiple county and state leaders on Monday, including Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski. Olszewski (D) seconded Hogan’s stance on mask wearing.

He described the life accomplishments and impact of Lisa Alvey, a 49-year-old Baltimore County resident who recently died from pneumonia and the coronavirus. The county executive called on people to do their part to prevent deaths like hers.

“Skip the hugs and large family gatherings now so you can have them both for years to come,” Olszewski said. “Don’t gather in large groups. Visit with friends and family virtually instead of in person. And please, for the love of God, please wear your mask.”

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

(14) comments

jloo

We are talking Thanksgiving here folks. This is SERIOUS!! National Guard, checkpoints, blockades, whatever it takes to stop the spread!!

fredneck

Sick of hearing about the mask. Safeguard the elderly and those compromised. Otherwise 99.98% survivable. I see people wearing masks everywhere I go and people still catch the virus. I read the mask is effective. I read it's ineffective. Who the hell knows. And you wonder why people are complacent...no consistent message. Sick of it all.

phydeaux994

You don’t wear the mask to protect yourself fredneck, you wear the mask to protect others. That’s why everybody has to wear a mask to protect each other. It’s the most effective way to control the spread of the virus other than a vaccine. People still get the virus because some people won’t wear a mask because the Government tells them to and takes away their freedom to do as they dang well please even if it kills others. Peace. ✌️😷 P.S.- Everybody is sick of it all, so wear a mask and help stop the spread. Thanks.

patomd969

Emergency cell phone alerts at 5:00 p.m. Wednesday! Why not just have every fire department in the state sound their alarms? We can all run to the basement and hide until Thursday morning, or should we stay in them all weekend????

lewisantq

Gov. Hogan struck the right tone. Driving drunk is not a constitutional right nor is not wearing a mask. Strong enforcement is needed. Bob Lewis

ma23464

Limiting gatherings in private homes is not legal. While I agree people should not gather right now it is our right to do so.

corgikid

Driving drunk is against the law. Refusing to wear a mask is not. Happy thanksgiving Larry from the family at the Outer Banks.

lewisantq

Under current conditions, not wearing a mask is illegal and can result in a large fine. corigikid, why don't you force your way into the county office building without a mask and see what happens? Bob Lewis

phydeaux994

Not wearing a mask is not against the law but it’s stupid.

DickD

Hogan has been a excellent Governor. Yeah, he will be running for POTUS in 24. It will give rational Republicans a good choice, but it didn't make any difference in 2016. Remember Kascik, Rubio and others? Might be different in 2024, especially if Trump is a jailbird, which I fully expect.

Dwasserba

We "expected" a lot of things.

NewMarketParent

I think Hogan has been competent at best. His push to reopen has been specifically why we are headed towards lockdown again. Additionally, who has been dangling money carrots at our schools to try to get us to send kids back to school?

KellyAlzan

New York has it out for trump, they’re gonna put him behind bars

notconcerned

Gov Hogan - leadership! Can you say Hogan '24?

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