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Maryland State Police Addresses Stay At Home Enforcement

March 31st, 2020 by WCBC Radio

Maryland State Police Superintendent Colonel Woodrow Jones III has directed troopers to continue their public education and enforcement efforts regarding the Governor's Executive Orders and last night issued specific instructions regarding the stay-at-home order.

Those instructions are as follows:

 Enforcement of the expanded Governor's Executive Order will be conducted by Maryland state troopers. However, troopers will not make traffic stops simply to ask drivers where they are going to determine if their travel is essential or not.

 If, in the course of the regular performance of his/her duties, such as during a crash investigation or a traffic stop, the trooper develops information indicating the individual was engaged in non-essential travel, enforcement action can be taken, in consultation with the state's attorney's office in that jurisdiction.

 While it is not necessary for drivers in Maryland to have documentation about the purpose of travel, having such documentation may help resolve questions.  Troopers will continue to initiate enforcement action when a business or group of more than 10 people is observed in violation of the Governor's Executive Order.

 The Order does not prohibit people from going to the store to get groceries or prescriptions, seeking medical attention at an urgent care facility, getting cleaning or laundry supplies. In addition, the Order does not prevent people from going out to get necessities for pets or other livestock.

 The Order allows for travel to care for a family member, friend, pets, etc. Citizens are also permitted to travel for transporting family, friends, pet or livestock for essential health and safety activities.  The Order also allows for travel to and from an educational institution to receive meals or instructional materials for distance learning.

 The Order allows for outdoor exercise activities (done in accordance to with social distancing guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and crowd gatherings of 10 people or less. However, such actives may not be done at a park that has been closed by state or local government.  Restaurants can be visited if obtaining food for carry-out or drive-thru only. 

3 Responses to “Maryland State Police Addresses Stay At Home Enforcement”

  1. March 31, 2020 at 5:31 pm, Brian said:

    All I can say Baltimore prosecutor does not prosecute drug dealers because of virus but Governor threatens to put you in jail for leaving your house


    • March 31, 2020 at 6:55 pm, Charles Wilt said:

      Yes ok to be a drug dealer but not a law abiding citizen. Is it a lawful order?


    • April 01, 2020 at 7:10 am, Ken said:

      > The reason most nonviolent criminals are not being prosecuted is that incacerating them could infect the entire jail population. Keep in mind that the courts are also closed.

      What you seem to have missed is that no one is letting these people off. They will be cited and prosecuted at a later time.

      And yes, leaving the house is now a safety issue. In California, where they locked the state down early, they were able to reduce the spread of the virus which kept their hospitals from being overwhelmed.

      This isn’t a joke and it is not some sort of assault on your rights. This is a public health issue and the more people who are out, the faster the infection rate climbs.


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