Released on June 2, 2021 - 12:35pm

Mayor Craig A. Moe has signed Executive Order No. 2021-09, which took effect May 28, 2021, at 5:00pm.

In accordance with the Prince George’s County orders, the following Executive Order will assist in the continued fight for the public health during COVID-19:

WHEREAS, Pursuant to the powers granted to me by Section 2-176 and Section 2-177 of the Laurel City Code, I, Craig A. Moe, Mayor of the City of Laurel have declared a State of Public Health Emergency in the City of Laurel due to an outbreak of disease (COVID-19) which does constitute an imminent threat to the health, safety and welfare of the City and its citizens;

WHEREAS, the President of the United States proclaimed that the COVID- 19 outbreak in the United States constituted a national emergency beginning March 1, 2020; and

WHEREAS, on March 5, 2020, the Governor of the State of Maryland declared a state of emergency and a catastrophic health emergency for the State of Maryland to control and prevent the spread of COVID-19 and these emergency declarations continue; and

WHEREAS, the World Health Organization, on March 11, 2020, announced that the COVID-19 outbreak can be characterized as a pandemic; and

WHEREAS, Prince George’s County, Maryland previously issued the following emergency declarations: Executive Order Number 6-2020 dated March 16, 2020; Executive Order Number 7-2020 dated April 13, 2020; CR-31-2020 adopted May 11, 2020; Executive Order Number 8-2020 dated May 14, 2020; Executive Order Number 10-2020 dated May 28, 2020; CR-51-2020 adopted June 9, 2020; Executive Order Number 13-2020 dated June 12, 2020; Executive Order Number 15-2020 dated June 25, 2020 and CR-64-2020 adopted July 7, 2020; Executive Order Number 20-2020 dated September 3, 2020; CR-90-101 adopted September 15, 2020 ; CR-101-2020 adopted October 13, 2020; CR-125-2020 adopted November 17, 2020; and Executive Order 27-2020 dated December 15, 2020; CR-02-2021 adopted January 12, 2021; Executive Order 3-2021 dated January 26, 2021; CR-13-2021 adopted February 16, 2021; Executive Order 8-2021 adopted March 11, 2021; CR-33-2021 adopted March 30, 2021; CR-48-2021 adopted May 11, 2021; Executive Order 11-2021 adopted May 14, 2021; and

WHEREAS, Prince George's County and the City of Laurel, Maryland has been and continues to be severely impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak; and

WHEREAS, as of May 24, 2021, the number of COVID-19 positive cases in the County is 84,836 cases, with approximately 8,647 hospitalizations and approximately 1,467 deaths; and

WHEREAS, based upon data analysis published May 25, 2021, the County’s infection rate is .79, its positivity rate is 2.1%, the average daily case rate is 4.8 per 100,000 residents and the number of inpatients with COVID‐19 in County hospitals accounts for approximately 5% of total hospital capacity; and

WHEREAS, the metrics have continued to decline; and

WHEREAS, as of May 24, 2021, approximately 703,755 vaccines have been given to County residents, which amounts to 424,792 residents receiving at least one dose of the vaccine and 325,052 have completed the vaccine series; and

WHEREAS, the County’s health care system continues to need resources to effectively combat this emergency; and

WHEREAS, COVID-19 continues to pose an imminent threat to the health, safety and welfare of County and City of Laurel residents; and

WHEREAS, although there is improvement in several relevant metrics, it is still necessary that the County and City of Laurel remain vigilant and cautious with its re-opening planning:

WHEREAS, the City of Laurel previously issued Executive Order No. 2021-06 effective on March 12, 2021; and

WHEREAS, the City of Laurel located within Prince George's County, Maryland has also seen a decrease in the number of positive cases of COVID-19 and after consultation with the City of Laurel Health Officer has advised us to align Laurel’s directives and Orders with Prince George’s County, and in order to continue to reduce the threat to human health, to protect and save lives, it is necessary and reasonable to implement the following measures to ensure public safety and welfare of all persons in the City of Laurel effective May 28, 2021 at 5:00 pm:

 

  1. Except as otherwise stated in this Executive Order, the City of Laurel will follow the directives of Prince George’s County, Maryland Executive Order No. 14-2021 and the directives of the Orders of the Governor of the State of Maryland, Number 21-05-01, dated May 12, 2021 as it relates to rules pertaining to face coverings and business operating rules for all businesses and establishments located in the City of Laurel. The most recent orders are located at Maryland Governor Orders and Guidance.
  2. Unvaccinated residents are STRONGLY encouraged to get vaccinated and continue wearing their masks until they are fully vaccinated. “Fully vaccinated” means the individual has received all required dosages as applicable to the vaccine received, including two weeks post the date of the last dose.
  3. Restrictions will be reinstated if the relevant metrics show measurable increase in the spread of the COVID virus and that more restrictive measures are needed to save lives and to protect the public safety and welfare.
  4. The directives set forth herein will be enforced by the Prince George’s County Health Department, City of Laurel Police Department and the City of Laurel Office of the Fire Marshal and Permit Services staff, as needed.
  5. Prince George’s County and the City of Laurel will conduct scheduled and unscheduled inspections of retail, restaurant and business establishments to check for compliance with this Order. Non-compliance with this Order may subject the owner and/or operator to a civil fine not exceeding $1,000 pursuant to the Prince George’s County Code and/or the Laurel City Code or other penalty as authorized by State law or regulation and may subject the establishments to closure pursuant to the legal authority of the Health Officer or other legal authority.
  6. This Executive Order supersedes Executive Order No. 2021-08.
  7. This Executive Order shall remain in effect until further notice or this Executive Order has been amended or rescinded.
  8. If any provision of this Executive Order or its application to any person, entity, or circumstance is held invalid by any court of competent jurisdiction, all other provisions or applications of the Order shall remain in effect to the extent possible without the invalid provision or application. To achieve this purpose, the provisions of this Executive Order are severable.

 

Attachment: Prince George’s County Executive Order No. 14-2021

 

To stay up to date on the vaccine distribution or daily COVID-19 numbers, visit our COVID-19 webpage at coronavirus.cityoflaurel.org, along with the CDC at www.CDC.gov, the Maryland Department of Health at www.health.maryland.gov and the Prince George’s County Health Department at https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/1588/Health-Services.

And Mayor Moe encourages all residents of the City of Laurel to get their COVID-19 vaccine if you haven’t already by visiting, https://covid19vaccination.princegeorgescountymd.gov/.

You can also look for a walk-in appointment where appointments are not necessary.

Thank you for your continued cooperation during the pandemic and stay safe.

 

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