Mayor Craig A. Moe, in accordance with Governor Hogan’s statewide orders, signed Executive Orders No. 2020-08 and 2020-09 on March 25, 2020.
The following actions will be taken in the City to keep the community safe and to assist with limiting the spread of the Coronavirus, COVID-19. These actions took effect on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 5:00pm:
Executive Order No. 2020-08
II. Gatherings Larger Than 10 Persons Prohibited.
- Social, community, spiritual, religious, recreational, leisure, and sporting gatherings and events (“large gatherings and events”) of more than 10 people are hereby prohibited at all locations and venues, including but not limited to parades, festivals, conventions, and fundraisers.
- Planned large gatherings and events must be canceled or postponed until after termination of the state of emergency and the proclamation of the catastrophic health emergency has been rescinded.
III. Closure of Non-Essential Businesses, Generally.
This Order controls the occupancy and use of all businesses, organizations, establishments, and facilities that are not part of the critical infrastructure sectors identified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (currently described at https://www.cisa.gov/identifying-critical-infrastructure-during-covid-19) (collectively, “Non-Essential Businesses”).
- All Non-Essential Businesses are hereby closed to the general public, effective as of 5:00 pm on March 23, 2020 (or shall remain closed, if closed by a prior Order).
- All businesses, organizations, establishments, and facilities that are required to close pursuant to paragraph IV, pursuant to any other Order of the Governor of the State of Maryland or any other Order of a political subdivision, shall be and remain closed in accordance with paragraph IV or such other Order, as the case may be.
IV. Closure of Certain Specific Businesses, Organizations, and Facilities.
- Senior Centers. All Senior citizen activities centers (as defined in Section 10-501(i) of the Human Services Article of the Maryland Code) shall remain closed until after termination of the state of emergency and the proclamation of the catastrophic health emergency has been rescinded.
- Restaurants and Bars.
- This Order controls the occupancy and use of restaurants, bars, and other similar establishments that sell food or beverages for consumption on-premises in Maryland (“Restaurants and Bars”). This Order does not apply to food or beverage services in health care facilities, which are expressly excluded from the definition of “Restaurants and Bars”.
- All Restaurants and Bars shall remain closed to the general public, except that, to the extent permitted by applicable law, and in accordance with any social-distancing recommendations of the Maryland Department of Health, food and beverages may be:
- sold if such food or beverages are promptly taken from the premises, i.e., on carry-out or drive-through basis; or
- delivered to customers off the premises.
- Fitness Centers.
- This order controls the occupancy and use of fitness centers, health clubs, health spas, gyms, acquatic centers, and self-defence schools in Maryland (“Fitness Centers”).
- All Fitness Centers shall remain closed to the general public, except that the portion of any Fitness Center that is licensed or otherwise permitted by applicable law, regulation, or order to provide child care services may remain open to the general public for the purpose of continuing to provide such child care services.
- This Order controls the occupancy and use of theatres in Maryland at which live performances occur or motion pictures are shown (“Theaters”).
- All Theaters shall remain closed to the general public.
- This Order controls the occupancy and use of shopping centers in Maryland that have one or more enclosed pedestrian concourses (“Enclosed Malls”).
- The following portions of Enclosed Malls shall remain closed to the general public:
- Pedestrian concourses and other interior common areas open to the general public, including without limitation, food courts; and
- Retail establishments only accessible to the general public from enclosed pedestrian concourses or other interior areas.
- This paragraph IV .e does not require closure of retail establishments attached to Enclosed Malls that are direclty accessible from the outside.
- Notwithstanding paragraph IV .e ii, local governments may approve access by the general public to the following parts of Enclosed Malls:
- Retail establishments (a) that primarily sell groceries or pharmacy products, or (b) at which licensed professionals provide health care services; and
- Pedestrian concourses and other interior common areas, but solely to the extent necessary for the general public to access the retail establishments described in paragraph IV .e.iv.1.
- Other Recreational Establishments.
- This Order controls the occupancy and use of the following establishments in Maryland (“Recreational Establishments”):
- Bingo halls;
- Bowling alleys;
- Pool halls;
- Amusement parks;
- Roller and ice skating rinks;
- All golf courses (public and private), miniature golf establishments, and driving ranges;
- Social and fraternal clubs, including without limitations, American Legion posts, VFW posts, and Elks Clubs; and
- Any other establishment not listed above that is subject to the admission and amusement tax under Title 4 of the Tax-General Article of the Maryland Code.
- All Recreational Establishments are hereby closed to the general public, effective as of 5:00 pm on March 23, 2020 (or shall remain closed, if closed by a prior Order).
- Other Miscellaneous Establishments.
- This Order controls the occupancy and use of the following establishments in Maryland:
- Tattoo parlors;
- Tanning salons;
- Barber shops; and
- Beauty salons and all other establishments that provide esthetic services, provide hair services, or provide nail services (as described in Title 5, Subtitle 2 of the Business Occupations Article of the Maryland Code).
V. Specific Exclusions. For avoidance of doubt, this Order does not require the closure of:
- Any federal, State, or local government unit, building, or facility;
- Any newspaper, television, radio, or other media service; or
- Any non-profit organization or facility providing essential services to low-income persons, including, without limitation, homeless shelters, food banks, and soup kitchens.
VI. Government Buildings and Facilities with Large Occupancy or Attendance.
- State and local government buildings and facilities with an expected occupancy or attendance of more than 10 people shall:
- Promptly and conspicuously post in the building or facility a copy of the Maryland Department of Health recommendations for social distancing; and
ii. Provide all occupants and attendees with the capability to wash their hands.
- A copy of this Order shall be made available to all occupants or attendees at any State or local government building and facility with an expected occupancy or attendance of more than 10 people.
VII. General Provisions.
- Each law enforcement officer of the State or political subdivision shall execute and enforce this Order.
- A person who knowingly and willfully violates this Order is guiltiy of a misdemeanor and on conviction is subject to imprisonment not exceeding one year or a fine not exceeding $5,000 or both.
- This Order remains effective until after termination of the state of emergency and the proclamation of the catastrophic health emergency has been rescinded, or until rescinded, superseded, amended, or revised by additional orders.
- The effect of any statute, rule, or regulation of an agency of the State or a political subdivision inconsistent with this order if hereby suspended.
- The underlined paragraph headings in this Order are for convenience of reference only and shall not affect the interpretation of this Order.
This public health emergency coninutes to rapidly change, and the City will continue its efforts to monitor, and work with other public safety and health officials. The City will continue to re-evaluate conditions on a daily basis. Other City Actions that will also be taken are listed below:
- The City of Laurel’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC), shall remain at a partial activation level and will continue to elevate as appropriate.
- All City offices will remain open; however, service delivery will be conducted online or by telephone only.
- The City of Laurel highly encourages residents to stay home.
- City parks remain open but use of play equipment and structures is highly discouraged because it has not been sanitized.
This Executive Order took effect at 5:00pm on March 25, 2020, and shall remain in effect until my further Executive Order declaring the state of emergency ended.
Executive Order No. 2020-09
Mayor Moe also signed Executive Order No. 2020-09 due to the transmission of the novel CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) in the City, County and State that continues to be a public health threat to the citizens, business community, employees, and visitors in the City of Laurel.
It is for that reason that Mayor Moe has directed the following actions in the City to keep the community safe and to assist with limiting the spread of the Coronavirus, COVID-19 by. These actions took effect on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at 5:00pm:
The policy entitled “Use of City Vehicles”, Policy No. XI-001.03, with specific sections highlighted, that requires any employee, volunteer or City official authorized to drive a City vehicle and is licensed to drive in Maryland, must provide a certified copy of their driving record shall be set aside and until futher notice during the City of Laurel State of Emergency- Public Health Emergency- COVID-19.
Further, on Page 5 of the policy, relating to Police vehicles may be used for personal travel within the state of Maryland and inside a radius of 25 air miles of 811 5th Street, is to be void, and the provisions as agreed upon in the contract with the Laurel Police Department Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 11, shall be followed or any directive by the Laurel City Police Chief.
This Executive Order is being issued to authorize and provide additional flexibility during this State of Emergency- Public Health Emergency- COVID-19, to the City of Laurel Emergency Manager.
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.