Released on April 17, 2020 - 3:45pm

Mayor Craig A. Moe signed Executive Order No. 2020-13 that will take effect at 7:00am on April 18, 2020.

In accordance with Governor Lawrence J. Hogan, Jr.’s Executive Order No. 20-04-15-01, Requiring Use of Face Coverings under Certain Circumstances and Requiring Implementation of Certain Physical Distancing Measures, Marylanders will be required to implement the following:

How you can meet the mandatory requirement of wearing of a mask?

You may cover your face with a mask, homemade mask, bandana or scarf to meet the mandatory requirement. 

Other ways to protect yourself while shopping

It is highly recommended that you follow the guidelines below from the CDC on ways to protect yourself while shopping:

  • When you do have to visit in person, go during hours when fewer people will be there (for example, early morning or late night).
  • If you are at higher risk for severe illness, find out if the store has special hours for people at higher risk. If they do, try to shop during those hours. People at higher risk for severe illness include adults 65 or older and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions.
  • Disinfect the shopping cart, use disinfecting wipes if available.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • If possible, use touchless payment (pay without touching money, a card, or a keypad). If you must handle money, a card, or use a keypad, use hand sanitizer right after paying.
  • After leaving the store, use hand sanitizer. When you get home, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Enforcement of the Governor’s Executive Order

Should the City’s Office of the Fire Marshal and Permit Services and/or the Laurel Police Department determine, after personal observation, that an establishment within the City is not in compliance with the Governor’s Executive Order, the Laurel Police or Code Enforcement Officer will enforce that Order as set forth therein.

Additionally, should there be a determination by the Laurel City Health Officer that the non-compliance with the Governor’s Executive Order poses a threat to the public health, safety and welfare, the City may order said establishment to be closed until such time as safeguards are in place to assure that the establishment will be in compliance with the Governor’s Executive Order.

You can find this, and the other twelve Executive Orders signed by Mayor Moe, on the City’s website at, as well as the State of Maryland Executive Orders at their website

Please continue to follow us on our Social Media platforms, visit our COVID-19 webpage at, the CDC at and the Maryland Department of Health at

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