HAGERSTOWN, Md. (WDVM) — Gov. Larry Hogan updated Marylanders on the coronavirus pandemic on Monday, March 23 and ordered all non-essential business to close at 5 p.m.

Hogan enacted an executive order to limit the spread of COVID-19. According to the Maryland Health Department, there are 288 confirmed cases of coronavirus and three deaths in the state.

“Unless you have an essential reason to leave stay in your house,” said Hogan.

Hogan acknowledged individuals who are not taking the virus seriously and going against recently mandated advisory like social distancing along with avoiding large gatherings. He made reference to partying on the boardwalk in Ocean City and picnicking in state and county parks.

“If you are engaged in this kind of activity, you are breaking the law and you are literally endangering the lives of your family, your friends, and your fellow citizens.”

Governor Larry Hogan

Hogan ordered these businesses in Maryland to close:

  • Theaters
  • Fitness Centers (except any part of the center that is licensed for child care services)
  • Enclosed malls, except stores that have an outside entrance
  • Bowling alleys
  • Golf courses
  • Roller and ice skating rinks
  • Amusement parks
  • Hair salons, barbershops, tattoo parlors, tanning salons

The Governor last week limited patronizing restaurants to drive-thru- delivery and carry-out service only.

The full executive order can be read here.