At approximately 11 a.m. this morning, Governor Hogan issued an Executive Order. The Order is attached.
In summary, the Order:
– is not a shelter-in-place directive. The governor continues to urge people to stay in their homes as much as possible.
– reiterates the governor’s prior orders, including no gatherings of 10 or more and closure of senior centers, restaurants (except for takeout), bars, movie theaters, and the pedestrian areas of malls (except to access pharmacies and food stores).
– expands the list of closed businesses to include bingo halls, bowling alleys, pool halls, amusement parks, skating rinks, golf courses (public and private), social and fraternal clubs, any establishment subject to the amusement tax, tattoo parlors, tanning salons, barbershops and beauty salons.
The Order does not cover government facilities, media outlets, or nonprofits that provide essential services to needy populations.
Also attached hereto is Interpretive Guidance from the Office of Legal Counsel related to the Order and to the Federal designation of essential services. Please note that this list is not exhaustive. If a business is not explicitly closed by the governor’s Order, that business may remain open.