Noted on the Facebook page of Maryland Governor Larry Hogan:

In light of the serious public health emergency created by the COVID-19 pandemic, I have issued an emergency order to close all Maryland casinos, racetracks, and simulcast betting facilities to the general public indefinitely.

It is critical to public health and safety that bars, restaurants, and other non-essential businesses across the state comply with the executive order prohibiting mass gatherings. Failure to follow this order is a crime, and will be enforced if businesses fail to comply.

Anyone who hosts or is part of the crowds in bars this weekend is jeopardizing the health of others and must avoid any contact with family members or friends over the age of 60 or those with underlying health conditions.

Learn more: https://governor.maryland.gov/2020/03/15/governor-hogan-issues-emergency-order-to-close-all-maryland-casinos-racetracks-and-simulcast-betting-facilities-to-prevent-the-spread-of-covid-19/

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This should end any conversation about upcoming HoCoBOE candidate events or forums…cancel or reschedule them all now.

Also this…“anyone who hosts or is part of the crowds in bars this weekend is jeopardizing the health of others”…will make it a bit of a bummer St. Patrick’s Day out and about…but better safe (for everyone) than sorry.

Scott E

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