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State Police Explain How They’ll Enforce Stay-At-Home Order

March 31st, 2020 by WCBC Radio

Maryland State Police released details Tuesday on how they'll enforce Gov. Larry Hogan's order directing most Marylanders to stay at home.

WBAL reports state troopers won't pull over drivers just to determine if their travel is essential. However, during a crash investigation or traffic stop, if a trooper determines someone was engaged in non-essential travel, they can take enforcement action.

Police said drivers don't need documentation to support their purpose of travel, but it may help to have it handy.

Troopers will continue to take action on non-essential businesses that remain open or groups of more than 10 people gathering in violation of Hogan's orders.

Under the order, Marylanders may still get groceries, get prescriptions, seek medical attention, get cleaning supplies and get pet or livestock necessities. They may travel for essential work or to care for a family member, friend, pets or others close to them. They may also take family, friends, pets or livestock for essential health and safety activities.

Marylanders may travel to and from an educational institution to receive meals or instructional materials They may also take part in outdoor exercise activities, including walking dogs, as long as gatherings don't exceed 10 people. However, some state and local parks may be closed.

Restaurants can remain open for carry-out and drive-thru service.

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