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Cumberland Police to Enforce Crowd Limitation & Business Orders

March 24th, 2020 by WCBC Radio

On March 23rd, Governor Larry Hogan issued new Executive Orders designed to protect the public from the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  Among the orders is a prohibition against any type of assembly of more than 10 people, public or private.  Further, as of March 23rd, at 5:00 pm, the Governor has ordered the closure of all non-essential businesses.  

These orders are designed to slow the transmission of the COVID-19 virus and keep people safe.  It is of utmost importance that the public take these orders seriously and do their part to keep themselves, their families and the community safe.  We are asking that every community member does their part and makes the right decisions.  Continue to practice hand washing and social distancing.  Let people know if you are sick.   Citizens are encouraged to stay home and limit themselves to essential travel to help deter the spread of the virus.  Take these new restrictions and recommendations seriously and do your part to help during this crisis. 

To help keep the communities safe, Governor Hogan has reached out to law enforcement agencies and implored their help with enforcement of these orders.  Governor Hogan expressed how important these new laws are to safety and how he needs the police on the front lines helping him enforce them.     Failing to comply with an order during a State of Emergency is an arrestable offense punishable by up to a $5,000 fine or 1 year in jail.      The Cumberland Police Department is responsible for enforcing these laws within our city.   If you need guidance interpreting an order, or to report violations, please contact the Cumberland Police Department at 301-777-1600.

7 Responses to “Cumberland Police to Enforce Crowd Limitation & Business Orders”

  1. March 24, 2020 at 12:02 pm, Dan said:

    Good Luck! Jails are overcrowded now, this will not be enforced.


  2. March 24, 2020 at 12:19 pm, Joe Wellberg said:

    Civil Disobedience and protest the Government and lets see if they fill the jails then.


    • March 24, 2020 at 7:46 pm, Jay said:

      What would you be protesting Joe?


  3. March 24, 2020 at 2:05 pm, Ken said:

    Why would anyone want to fight actions lawfully taken to minimize a public health crisis? These businesses aren’t being closed down without good reason.

    In case you missed it, Italy and Spain are in a world of pain. Worse still, we delayed taking any action early on and the those decisions are going to cost us.


  4. March 24, 2020 at 2:19 pm, Mark said:

    What happened to all the ‘obey the law’ And ‘respect our police’ crowd???


  5. March 25, 2020 at 8:10 am, Vernon said:

    So all the homeless people in Cumberland have to do is gather together in a large group of 10 or more, call the cops on themselves, alert the news media, refuse to disband when so ordered and voila…three hots and a cot for the duration. Could be a plan!


  6. March 25, 2020 at 9:06 am, Ken said:

    Mark said: “What happened to all the ‘obey the law’ And ‘respect our police’ crowd???”

    Aren’t they the same people who screamed about “Respecting the office of the President” until Obama was elected? Of course, now that President Trump is back in office, we’ve returned to the old values.

    Sadly, when I was taught that values were something we lived up to, no one mentioned that we could suspend those values any time they made us uncomfortable.


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