Released on March 16, 2020 - 7:32pm

Mayor Craig A. Moe, the Laurel City Council and Office of Emergency Management want to inform the public that in accordance with Governor Hogan's Executive Order, the following actions will be taken in the City of Laurel:

• Effective today, March 16, 2020, starting at 5:00pm, all bars, restaurants, fitness centers, spas, and movie theaters are to close until further notice. The Order allows restaurants to continue carry-out, drive-thru, and delivery services and allows for eateries in health care facilities to remain open.

• Following CDC guidelines, gatherings of more than (fifty) 50 people, including social, community, spiritual, religious, recreational, leisure, and sporting gatherings, are prohibited at all locations and venues.

• Maryland Department of Health has been directed to work with providers to reopen closed hospital facilities across the state and take other measures necessary immediately to increase our capacity by an additional 6,000 beds.

• Any inactive practitioner may, at a health care facility in Maryland, engage in activities that would have been authorized under his/her inactive license without reinstating his/her inactive license.

• At the Governor's direction, the Secretary of Health has activated the Maryland Responds Medical Reserve Corps, a trained and dedicated force of 5,000 volunteers from across the state.

• The Executive Order prohibits electric, gas, water, sewage, phone, cable TV, and internet service provider companies from shutting off any residential service or charging any residential late fees.

• Maryland courts are prohibited from ordering the eviction of any tenant who can show that their failure to pay rent was the result of COVID-19.

• Maryland State Superintendent of Schools has applied for a federal waiver, and beginning today has the capability to provide three (3) meals a day, and a snack to students impacted by the statewide closure of schools. MSDE has 138 meal distributions centers across the state, which can be found at mdsummerschools.org.

 

ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN:

 

• All City offices will remain open; however, service delivery will be conducted online or by telephone only.

• All City Boards, Commissions, and Committee meetings are suspended until further notice. When possible, in-person meetings and hearings will be conducted by teleconferences.

• Access to all City buildings and indoor recreational facilities will be restricted to City employees only.

• The Laurel Police Department offices will remain open; however, administrative service delivery will be conducted online or by telephone only. The main lobby will remain open for individuals with emergencies and processing vehicle tow releases.

• All community meetings, facility rentals, and community-related activities are suspended at all City facilities until further notice.

• All non-essential, work-related out of state travel for City employees, is suspended until further notice.

• The Office of the Fire Marshal and Permit Services will continue new construction inspections; however, any inspection required to be performed inside occupied homes or commercial/business buildings are discontinued until further notice.

• All videotaping or programming performed by the Department of Communications that requires staff to enter any occupied home or commercial/business building is suspended until further notice.

• At the discretion of the City Administrator, these directives may be waived as necessary for the benefit of the City of Laurel and its Government.

 

Be aware that the City of Laurel Police Department and the City's Department of the Fire Marshal and Permit Services will enforce the Governor's Executive Order, as well as the Mayor's Executive Order. This Order shall supersede the City of Laurel Mayor's Executive Order 2020-03, dated March 16, 2020.

Mayor Moe, the City Council and the City’s EOC will continue to monitor and keep current with actions and information pertaining to the pandemic outbreak and will be sure the residents, businesses, employees and visitors are kept well informed.

Please continue to follow us on our Social Media platforms, visit our COVID-19 webpage at www.cityoflaurel.org/coronavirus, the CDC at www.CDC.gov and the Maryland Department of Health as www.health.maryland.gov.

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