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Two Harford County Deputies Injured Thursday

Two Harford County Sherrif Deputies were injured Thursday afternoon during a traffic stop and pursuit. One of the officers was helicoptered to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, while another was taken by ambulance to Upper Chesapeake. Both were being treated for injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening, the sheriff's office reported.

 

 

The location of the incident has not been released, but Old Joppa Road was closed between Whitaker Mill Road and US 1 around 3 p.m. due to police activity.

Indoor Dining Can Resume Friday

Governor Larry Hogan laid out additional plans for Phase 2 of the Roadmap to Recovery Wednesday.

 

Effective at 5 p.m. Friday, indoor dining can resume at 50% capacity with distancing and following strict public health requirements. Also, outdoor amusements and rides, miniature golf, and go-kart tracks tracks may resume operations with appropriate health and safety protocols. 

 

Additionally, capacity restrictions at outdoor pools will increase to 50% with the same safety guidelines in place Friday.

 

Next Friday, June 19th at 5pm, indoor gyms and other indoor studio fitness activities such as dance studios and martial arts, may begin to safely reopen at 50% capacity with strict health, distancing, and sanitization measures. Also, casinos, arcades and malls will be able to begin resuming operations.

 

Gov. Hogan Lifts COVID-19 Restrictions on Non-Essentail Businesses Effective Friday

Governor Larry Hogan announced Wedneday that the state will move into Phase 2 of it's reopening plans.

 

At 5 p.m. Friday, the state will lift the order requiring the closure of non-essential businesses. Nail salons, tanning salons and massage parlors in the state will be able to reopen at 50 percent capacity.

 

Retailers, offices, financial institutions, car dealerships and insurance agencies will also be able to re-open with public health guidelines in place. Manufacturing facilities, construction, specialty vendors, warehouses and technology firms are also included.

The state Department of Education will continue with its plan to reopen child care centers as more people head back to work.

 

State agencies such as the MVA will move into a "ohased reopening," offering services by appointment only.

 

Restaurants and gyms, though, are not included in the plan.

 

 

 

Gov. Hogan: MD Restaurants Can Open For Outdoor Dining Friday

Wednesday, Governor Larry Hogan said the state is ready take the steps to safely move forward with the completion of Stage One of the recovery plan.

 

Effective at 5 p.m. Friday, restaurants and social organizations (eg American Legion/VFW/Elks) may begin safely reopening for outdoor dining following strict public health requirements.

Restaurant patrons must be appropriately distanced, with no more than six people seated at a table. Restaurants must use single-use disposable menus or sanitize reusable menus between each use.

 

Restaurants must sanitize outdoor tables and chairs, and begin screening procedures, including daily temperature checks of staff. Masks must be worn when interacting with employees or patrons.

 

Also, effective Friday, safe youth sports activities may resume, following CDC guidelines with limited, low contact, outdoor practices; as well as youth day camps with capacity limitations. Also, outdoor pools may reopen Friday at 5pm with strict safety guidelines including: 25% capacity restrictions and strict physical distancing and sanitization measures. Pool visitors will be required to sign-in and sign-out, and pools will be required to post signage warning anyone who is sick not to enter.

Area Independence Day Celebrations Cancelled

Today (May 13th), two area jurisdictions announced the cancellation of July 4th celebrations.

 

Bel Air

The Bel Air Independence Day Committee canceled the town's Fourth of July parade for 2020, citing public health. In addition, the 2020 Miss Bel Air Independence Day was selected, and officials said Chiamaka Ezeonyebuchi would keep her title through 2021 and compete in the Miss Maryland pageant, which will be held June 20 to 27, 2021. Her successor will be picked in 2022, organizers reported.

 

Havre de Grace

The Havre de Grace Independence Day Commission announced that this year's celebrations have been cancelled. This includes the parade and fireworks.

 

Maryalnd Moves Into Phase 1 of Reopening

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced the stay-home order will be lifted 5 p.m. Friday and the state will move to a safer-at-home advisory.

 

Beginning at 5 p.m. Friday, retail stores in Maryland may reopen with up to 50% capacity; manufacturing may resume operations; personal services (barber shops and hair salons) may reopen at up to 50% capacity and by appointment only.

Pet groomers, animal adoption shelters, car washes and art galleries will also be able to begin reopening.

 

Churches and houses of worship may begin to safely hold religious services. Outside services are strongly encouraged, but inside services may be permitted at 50% capacity or less with appropriate safety protocols.

 

Businesses are encouraged to take the "Maryland Strong: Back to Business Pledge" to assure customers that they are adhering to best practices and strict safety guidelines.

Gatherings larger than 10 people remain prohibited.

 

Read the entire re-opening plan here

County Executive Glassman Orders Harford County Flag Lowered May 4 - 6 for Longtime First Responder Andy Snakovsky

County Executive Barry Glassman has ordered the Harford County flag lowered in honor of longtime first responder and county employee Andy Snakovsky, whose many duties included lowering the flags at county office buildings. The Harford County flag will fly at half-staff from sunrise Monday, May 4 to sunset on Wednesday, May 6, 2020.
 
Andy Snakovsky began his nearly 50-year career as a first responder in the U.S. Air Force. He later served in the Annapolis and Baltimore City police departments before becoming a special police officer and security liaison for Harford County government. He passed away on April 29, 2020 from an illness unrelated to COVID-19.
 
“Andy dedicated his life to public service, most recently as an important member of the security team for county buildings,” County Executive Glassman said. “Our hearts go out to his family. He will be greatly missed.”  

Governor Hogan Unveils His Roadmap to Recovery

Today, Governor Larry Hogan unveiled his three steps to re-open Maryland. The “Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery” has been developed based on the recovery plans issued by the federal government, the National Governors Association, and premier institutions like Johns Hopkins and the American Enterprise Institute; shaped by the expert advice of the scientists and public health officials on Maryland’s Coronavirus Response Team; and tailored to our situation here in Maryland. The result is a responsible, gradual, safe path forward for our state.

 

Read the 4 Building Blocks to Recovery HERE

 

Read the Roadmap to Recovery Plan HERE

 

Get the latest statistics from the MD Department of Health HERE

Governor Hogan Orders Marylanders to Wear Face Masks In Public

Starting Saturday, Marylanders will have to wear face coverings when patronizing essential businesses or using public transportation. The latest executive order takes effect Saturday at 7am.

 

Face coverings can be made from common items, including old T-shirts and bandanas. Willfully failing to comply can be prosecuted as a misdemeanor carrying up to one year in jail and a $5,000 fine.

 

However, Hogan said, hospitalizations and deaths are far lower than they would have been without drastic actions to close businesses and restrict travel.

 

You can find out how to make your own facemask here

Cecil County Restaurants Open for Business

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Now More Than Ever Let's Come Together And Support Our Local Businesses.
Please Help By Purchasing Food & Gift Cards
 
 
 
*please note that this is a very fluid situation and can change at any moment
 
IF YOUR RESTAURANT IS OPEN BUT IS NOT LISTED BELOW PLEASE LET US KNOW SO WE CAN MAKE THE APPROPRIATE CHANGES AT
410-996-6299
Central Cecil
 
Charlestown
 
410-287-6374
CO/C
 
410-287-6666
C
 
North East
 
410-287-6300
CO & D
 
410-287-3737
C/D
 
410-287-5545
CO/D
 
443-967-0550
CO/D
 
410-287-8700
CO
 
410-287-6542
CO
 
443-877-6301
CO/D
 
410-287-5050
C/D
 
410-287-6599
CO/C
 
410-287-8387
CO/D
 
443-877-6539
CO/C & D
 
410-656-7045
CO
 
410-287-3512
C
 
410-287-0519
CO/D
 
410-287-4300
CO/C
 
CO/C=Carry-Out/Curbside D=Delivery
 
SOUTHSIDE CECIL
 
Cecilton
 
410-275-2233
CO & D
 
410-275-9300
CO/C & D
 
410-275-4502
CO
 
Chesapeake City
 
410-885-2040
please check link for date & times
CO/D
 
410-885-3000
CO/D
 
410-885-5577
CO/C & D
 
410-885-7009
C
 
Earleville
 
410-275-9173
CO/C
 
 
Warwick
 
410-275-4355
CO & D
 
CO/C=Carry-Out/Curbside D=Delivery
 
Stateline Cecil
 
Elkton
 
410-392-2726
CO/D
 
410-398-2435
C
 
410-398-8089
CO
 
410-620-3522
CO/C & D
 
410-392-5000
CO/C & D
 
410-620-3165
C & D
 
443-350-9490
CO
 
Cooper's Market
410-620-2100
CO
 
410-398-7000 ext. 6
CO
 
410-620-4500
CO/C & D
 
443-207-8470
CO/C & D
 
410-392-3030
C/D
 
410-620-3444
CO/D
 
Fair Hill Pizza
410-392-0980
CO/D
 
443-207-8496
CO/C & D
 
410-392-2202
CO & D
 
443-567-9925
C
 
410-392-9830
CO/D
 
410-620-1888
CO/C &D
 
410-620-2088
CO & D
 
410-996-1108
please check link for dates & times
CO/C
 
Main Street Pizza & Taco Shop
410-398-0462
CO/D
 
410-392-3111
CO/D
 
443-485-6007
CO
 
410-392-4096
CO/D
 
410-398-6633
CO/D
 
410-392-8701
C/D
 
410-398-8870
C/D
 
410-398-5077
CO & D
 
410-392-0004
CO/D
 
443-406-3947
CO
 
410-392-4800
C/D
 
443-207-8534
CO
 
443-593-3775
CO/C & D
 
443-406-2315
CO/C & D
 
443-207-8059
C
 
410-620-5630
CO/C
 
410-392-2433
CO/D
 
410-398-6300
CO
 
 
Fair Hill
 
716-443-7060
CO/C
 
410-398-3696
CO/C & D
 
Rising Sun
 
410-658-4551
CO/D
 
410-658-2825
CO/C
 
410-658-1786
CO/D
 
410-658-2330
CO/D
 
410-658-1655
(check link for date)
CO/C
 
410-658-5470
(check link for date)
CO/C
 
888-968-5338
CO
 
 
CO/C=Carry-Out/Curbside D=Delivery
 
Susquehanna
 
Conowingo
 
410-378-8555
CO/D
 
410-378-5502
C
 
410-378-3789
CO
 
Perryville
 
410-642-5555
CO/D
 
410-642-3200
CO
 
410-642-0009
CO/C
 
410-642-6722
CO/C & D
 
410-642-2323
CO
 
410-642-9978
CO/D
 
410-642-2694
CO
 
 
 
Port Deposit
 
410-378-2722
C
 
410-378-0018
CO/C & D
 
443-747-4015
(check link for date)
C
 
443-747-4006
CO/C
 
CO/C=Carry-Out/Curbside D=Delivery
 
Cecil Sidekicks
 
Breweries
 
please check link for dates & times
CO/C
 
484-758-0416
CO/C
 
443-207-8454
C
 
443-406-7319
CO/C
 
 
 
Coffee
 
410-287-8033
CO/C
 
410-885-7154
CO/C
 
410-656-7106
CO/C
 
443-945-1112
C & D
only in Port Deposit
 
443-593-3197
CO
 
 
Sweets
 
please check link for dates & times
410-658-8874
CO/C
 
Wineries
 
302-547-6022
CO/C & D
 
410-885-2500
CO/C & D
 
410-658-8388
CO/C
 
410-287-9463
please check link for dates & times
CO
 
 
CO/C=Carry-Out/Curbside D=Delivery
 
*Be Sure To Support Your Local Pizza & Sub Shops Too*

Open for Business

We have teamed up with Visit Harford to promote resaurants that are open and ways you can help support our local small busineses. By visiting Harford County Restaurant Week's website, you can find a full list of what is open and ways to support our local economy.

 

View Harford County Restaurants that are open

 

You can also support servers and restaurant staff that is currently without a job due to closings. View the Harford County Virtual Tip Jar

 

Here are Cecil County restaurants that are open and offering carry-out or delivery:

 

Rising Sun

Pizza Boy

        410-658-8088

 

North East

Bella Pizza

       410-287-6300

 

Frank's Pizza

       410-287-6542

 

Mr. Pho

        410-656-7843

 

Pier 1 Restaurant

         410-287-6599      www.pier1restaurant.com

 

Steak and Main

          410-287-3512     www.steakandmain.com

 

Port House Grill

           443-877-6539    www.porthousegrill.com

 

unWined

          410-287-4300     www.unwinedmd.com

 

Charlestown

 The Wellwood

           410-287-6666   www.wellwoodcrabs.com

 

Market Street Cafe

            410-287-6374   www.marketstreetcafe.com

 

Please, help us add to this list. Email us a location that we may have missed.

 

Deals and Discount for Healthcare Workers During National Nurses Week

National Nurses Week discounts and freebies frontline medical workers can snag

 

Nurses have given so much during the age of the coronavirus, working long shifts and saving lives. So a little something free (or discounted) is the least they deserve. National Nurses Week (May 6-12) is meant to honor and observe those who, now more than ever, risk their own health to help others. Here are some great National Nurses Week deals for the frontline medical workers who have given their all.

Clothing

Adidas

First responders, nurses, medical professionals and military members can receive a 40% discount for Adidas products. To get the coupon, coronavirus first responders must verify their employment with ID.me.

Crocs

Crocs is giving 10,000 free pairs of shoes each day to health care workers. To request a pair, Crocs holds a virtual waiting room at 12 p.m. ET every day. Once it starts, all participants receive a random spot in line as long as they enter before the 12 p.m. start time.

Nike

Eligible U.S. coronavirus first responders and medical workers can receive 20% off on Nike products through Nike’s online storefront. To get the discount, visit nike.com/help/a/first-responder-discount

The North Face

"Outdoorsy" clothing company The North Face is offering health care workers 50% off non-clearance items until the end of 2020. Along with that, health care workers will be offered a 10% discount at all outlet stores. To grab this discount, workers need to verify their work status.

Food

Checkers

Medical workers and coronavirus first responders can grab a free small combo at any of Checkers' 250 locations.

Chipotle

As part of Chipotle's 4HEROES burrito donation program, medical facilities can request free burritos beginning May 6 at 9:00 a.m. PT on its website.

Dunkin' Donuts

Dunkin' Donuts will give a free medium hot or iced coffee and a donut to nurses and health care workers starting May 6 while supplies last.

Krispy Kreme

Krispy Kreme is offering medical workers free boxes of dozens of glazed doughnuts. Every Monday through May 12, medical professionals can show their employer badge and get free doughnuts through the Krispy Kreme drive-thru.

McDonald's

McDonald's across the country are offering free Thank You meals to health care workers, police officers, firefighters and paramedics. The offer is available all day through May 5.

Outback

Outback is offering a 10% discount to medical staff, first responders and military members. Delivery is also free for a limited time. A valid medical, state or federal service ID is required to receive the discount.

Snickers

Essential workers can use coupons to receive free Snickers bars, which can be validated at Walmart. Customers can visit sendasnickersfromhome.com to send a coupon to a medical worker they know.

Starbucks

Starbucks has extended its free coffee program to COVID-19 first responders through the end of May. First responders can receive a tall hot or iced brewed coffee.

Gas stations

BP

Both BP and Amoco stations are offering a single-use, 50-cent per-gallon discount for first responders, doctors, nurses and hospital workers. To get the savings, those qualifying must verify their ID and employment through ID.me. Discount codes are available for request now and expire May 31.

Circle K

First responders, health care workers and Circle K employees can snag free coffee and tea. Those who wish to take advantage of the offer must show a valid ID.

Sheetz

Hospital workers and first responders can grab a free coffee from Sheetz’s through June 1, 2020, at locations across the country.

Gov. Hogan Announces School Closure Extension

Maryland public schools will remain closed until May 15th, as announced by Superintendent Karen Salmon Friday afternoon.

 

"After extensive consultation with the State Board of Education and leading public health experts in the state, I am extending the closure of schools through May 15," Salmon said. "With regards to the remainder of the school year and the summer, we will use this time to examine every option, and continue to develop a long-term plan for recovery."

 

Schools across the state have been closed since March 16th.

 

 

Bel Air Suspends Bulk Trash Pick-Up

The Town of Bel Air announced Wednesday that it is temporarily suspending bulk trash pick-up.

Additional Tips from the Department of Public Works:

  • We do plan to continue collection of yard debris.
  • We ask that residents be mindful while taking trash to the curb and be certain it is ALL bagged tightly to protect our sanitation workers.
  • We are seeing an increase of septic line issues related to "Wet Wipes" or "Flushable Wipes", this product does cause problems with our infrastructure. We ask that citizens refrain from flushing these items that cause blockages in the sewer system.

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding the above please feel free to reach out to Public Works at 410-638-4545 or use our online tools.

Havre de Grace Decoy Festival Canceled

The Havre de Grace Decoy Museum has canceled its annual Decoy & Wildlife Art Festival. This would have been the 39th year for the celebration of decoys .

 

The 39th Annual Decoy & Wildlife Art Festival was slated for May 2 and 3, a little less than six weeks away.

The Havre de Grace Decoy Museum closed March 20 to the public until further notice due to the outbreak of COVID-19. During the closure officials said they would be cleaning the museum and changing the exhibits.

 

Staff from the museum will reach out to those affected regarding refunds. People who have questions about the cancellation of the festival may call the museum at 410-939-3739, extension 1, or by emailing executivedirector@decoymuseum.com.

MD Public Schools Closure Extended

During Wednesday's press conference with Governor Larry Hogan, Maryland school Superintendent Karen Salmon announced  that schools will remain closed until at least April 24.

 

Maryland public schools students have been out of school for almost two weeks because of the coronavirus pandemic. Schools have been closed since March 16th. Lessons were sent home in packets and online.

 

Salmon said it's possible that there could be an extended school year.

 

The state teachers union, the Maryland State Education Association, sent a statement to WHGM Gold, saying: "This is a tough decision, but the right call for the safety of our students, educators and state. The months ahead will be challenging, and we will work to make the best of them. It's heartbreaking to know that so many children will miss out on field trips, art projects, athletics, performances and the everyday enjoyment of being with friends and learning new things together."

Harford County LINK Will Limit Service

In response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, Harford Transit LINK will limit operations to protect the public while continuing to provide essential bus transportation services.  The following changes are effective Thursday, March 19 until further notice:

Demand Response Service will continue for medical trips, such as dialysis and chemotherapy, to hospitals, clinics and health facilities, and trips to pharmacies and grocery stores.  Demand Response service hours will be limited to 5 a.m. - 5 p.m.  All previously scheduled non-medical/non-essential Demand Response client trips will be canceled and no new trips will be scheduled at this time. 

Fixed Routes Service will continue to operate Monday – Friday, with service hours limited to 5:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Routes are being maintained at this time, but schedules within each route may be reduced over time, depending on ridership.  Riders should review transit schedules in advance and plan accordingly: http://www.harfordcountymd.gov/2283/Bus-Routes.

Harford Transit Office, located in Abingdon, is closed to the public.

Bus tickets may still be purchased through the free Token Transit app, available at https://www.harfordcountymd.gov/2650/Token-Transit, or when boarding the fixed route buses.

Real-time bus locations and schedules are available through the free RouteShout 2.0 mobile app. More information is at http://www.harfordcountymd.gov/1959/RouteShout.

Harford LINK is also implemeting protocols for public safety that are aligned with recommendations from the Maryland Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control. For more information, please call 410-612-1620.  

Harford County Restaurants Can Now Deliver Beer

The Harford County Liquor Control Board passed a measure Wednesday to make it easier for restaurants  to deliver alcoholic beverages to customers amid coronavirus-related closures.

 

Liquor license holders have always been able to deliver beverages, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, presuming they went through a board process and got approval.

 

To have alcopholic beverages delivered, the customer must live in Harford County.

 

Harford Schools Offering Three Meals a Day

Harford County Public Schools is offering free meals to children at 15 sites while schools are closed. One is in Bel Air.

 

Students in Harford County Public Schools and all children 2 to 18 are eligible and must be present to redeem the meal; parents cannot accept food on behalf of children. The meal program is open to all children, not just those who are enrolled in the Free and Reduced Meals program.

 

Food will be provided from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays during the state-mandated closure, unless specified. Meals at Bel Air Elementary School will only be available to 11 to 11:30 a.m. weekdays.

 
 

People are encouraged to bring a bag, as they will be receiving breakfast, lunch and dinner during the meal distribution times, and to refrigerate food once they return home.

Initially, 13 sites offered the free meals. On Tuesday, officials announced Bel Air and Dublin Elementary Schools had been added to the meal distribution site list.

 
  • Bel Air Elementary School, 30 East Lee Street, Bel Air, MD 21014 (open 11–11:30 a.m.)
  • Dublin Elementary School, 1527 Whiteford Rd., Street, MD 21154 (open 12–12:30 p.m.)
  • Aberdeen Middle, 111 Mount Royal Ave., Aberdeen, MD 21001
  • George D. Lisby Elementary at Hillsdale, 810 Edmund Street, Aberdeen, MD 21001
  • Hall's Cross Roads Elementary, 203 East Bel Air Avenue, Aberdeen, MD 21001
  • Affinity Old Post Apartments, 123 Hanover St., Aberdeen, MD 21001
  • Havre de Grace Middle, 401 Lewis Lane, Havre de Grace, MD 21078
  • Havre de Grace Elementary, 600 Juniata Street, Havre de Grace, MD 21078
  • Perrywood Garden Apartments,301 Mayberry Dr., Aberdeen, MD 21001
  • Edgewood High, 2415 Willoughby Beach Road, Edgewood, MD 21040
  • Edgewood Elementary, 2100 Cedar Drive, Edgewood, MD 21040
  • Church Creek Elementary, 4299 Church Creek Road, Belcamp, MD 21017
  • Joppatowne Elementary, 407 Trimble Road, Joppa, MD 21085
  • Riverside Elementary, 211 Stillmeadow Drive, Joppa, MD 21085
  • Abingdon Elementary playground, Ashton Lane between Garrison Circle and Delmar Court, Abingdon, MD 21009

Governor Hogan Updates Marylanders on Coronavirus Measures Tuesday

Gov. Larry Hogan made additional announcements Tuesday afternoon:

 

  • All vehicle emissions sites will ease inspections. DOT will prepare to re-purpose as drive-thru testing centers.
  • In an attempt to increase social distancing at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, only passengers or workers will be allowed to enter the airport. Check in lines will be eliminated to allow for deep cleaning. Restaurants will be take out only.
  • Tolls will be 100% cashless.
  • MARC trains will be reduced by 50%.
  • All non-commercial drivers license tests are suspended and MVA hours are being reduced.
  • The governor is asking President Donald Trump to extend the Real ID compliance deadline.
  • Preakness will be postponed until September.

Hogan announced he is postponing the April 28 primary until June 2, the latest possible date to comply with DNC rules. State Board of Elections will develop a comprehensive plan to conduct this election.

 

Maryland will proceed with the Special General Election for the 7th Congressional District to ensure the state has full representation in Congress as soon as possible. The state will implement a vote by mail system for the 7th district only.

 

 

Nursing Home Guidelines Change Amid Coronavirus Concerns

While Maryland officials continue to impose restrictions to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, nursing homes statewide are being instructed to change visitor and staff policies.

Over the weekend, a resident at Lorien Elkridge, a nursing home facility in Howard County, tested positive for coronavirus. The resident has been hospitalized, and the facility is in the process of notifying all residents, staff and family members.

Following that positive case, the Maryland Department of Health reiterated its policies regarding nursing homes and other facilities that serve older adults:

  • Restrict access to essential visits only.
  • Restrict activities and visitors with potential for exposure.
  • Actively screen individuals entering the building and restrict entry to those with respiratory symptoms or possible exposure to COVID-19.
  • Require all individuals entering the building to wash their hands at entry.
  • Establish processes to allow remote communication for residents and others.
  • Prohibit all staff from international travel.

 

The Maryland Department of Health also established a hotline for any who has questions about this information.

 

The toll-free MDH hotline is 1-877-319-1525. The call center is available every day from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.

 

Governor Hogan Orders the Closing of Restaurants, Theaters and Non-Essential Businesses

An executive order announced Monday by Gov. Larry Hogan enacts major developments to prevent the spread of coronavirus across the state, including closing many public places and prohibiting canceling public services.

 

 

At the advice of top doctors and senior leaders, Hogan announced the following:

Social Distancing

  • An executive order has been made to shut down all bars, restaurants, gyms and movie theaters, effectively starting at 5 p.m. Monday. Drive through and carry out services will be allowed to continue.
  • Following CDC guidelines, settings of 50 of more individuals will be prohibited across the state, including social and recreational events and religious and sports gatherings.

 

Health Surge

  • Closed health facilities are being asked to reopen and state will increase the capacity of beds by 6,000.
  • Practitioners with out-of-state licenses will be allowed to practice in Maryland
  • Personnel Capacity: Activating the Maryland Medical Reserve Corps--a force of 5,000 dedicated and trained medical volunteers. 700 have already been activated.

 

Relief to Residents and Families

  • Essential services such as grocery stores, banks and gas stations will be allowed to remain open.
  • The executive order prohibits utilities, such as electric, gas, water, sewage, cable, internet and phone lines, to be cut off nor incur late fees.
  • Evictions have been prohibited.
  • Maryland State Superintendent of Schools Karen Salmon has applied for a Federal waiver to provide three meals a day plus a snack to those who need it. Statewide, 138 centers already up and operating. Visit MDSummerMeals.org to find all participating locations.

 

Activation of Additional Personnel

  • 250 State Troopers of the Mobile Field Force have been made ready for deployment.
  • 1,000 Maryland National Guard members and airmen have been fully activated, while 1200 are on enhanced readiness.

Hogan reiterated that all emergency orders incur the full force of the law.

"It is impossible to know how long this threat will continue. I do know we cannot afford to wait," Hogan said.

 

Salmon said starting Thursday, daycare centers will be opened for emergency personnel. Daycare center workers are being asked to keep groups under 10 and to keep up with extra cleaning procedures.

 

Watch the press conference here:

 

https://www.facebook.com/GovLarryHogan/videos/2990492591017440/

Harford County Public Library Closes March 15-31

Harford County Public Library is closing all branches starting Sunday, March 15, through Tuesday, March 31, to protect against the spread of the Coronavirus, COVID-19.

 

 

The library has unlimited access 24/7 through its website at HCPLonline.org to eBooks, eMovies, eMagazines, comics, movies, TV, research databases and more for all ages. The library is waiving all fines and fees during this period along with extending due dates until April 15, 2020.  Customers are encouraged to stay home and keep their items at home, too, until the crisis is over. Updates will be shared through social media, the library website and eNews as the situation changes.

 

 

Harford County Public Library’s listing of online resources to assist the community in learning the facts about the Coronavirus, COVID-19, is updated regularly and may be found at HCPLonline.org/coronavirus.php.

 

 

“This has been a difficult decision to make, but given the circumstances surrounding the spread of the Coronavirus, COVID-19, closing our libraries is in the best interest of our community,” said Mary Hastler, CEO of Harford County Public Library. “Our extensive online resources are available 24/7 for our customers at HCPLOnline.org.”

 

 

For more than 74 years, Harford County Public Library has provided its communities with access to ideas that inform, entertain and inspire. Last year the library interacted with its residents more than 6.3 million times – borrowing free materials, visiting branches and the website, attending classes and events. In 2019, Harford County Public Library received the Maryland Library Association’s first Excellence in Marketing Award. For more information, visit HCPLonline.org.

Coronavirus Update from County Executive Barry Glassman

Harford County Executive Barry Glassman today issued the following update on the COVID-19 coronavirus:

 

“The Maryland Department of Health informed us today that Harford County has its second reported case of coronavirus COVID-19. The Harford County case is a 69-year-old who is a family member of the county’s first reported case, an 86-year-old woman who traveled overseas and remains hospitalized. The 69-year-old remains isolated at home and is asymptomatic.

 

Public health officials have warned that the number of cases will rise as more people are tested, and the state has begun to report new cases on their website https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/.

 

I encourage all Harford County citizens to continue following guidelines to limit the spread of the virus in our community. Stay calm, and stay informed through credible sources including the Harford County Health Department website https://harfordcountyhealth.com/coronavirus/.”

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