Gov. Larry Hogan on Monday closed all non-essential businesses in response to the coronavirus pandemic, once again stressing the importance of social distancing and chiding residents who were not following crowd restrictions implemented by the state government.
The governor said the state used federal guidelines to decide which businesses could remain open. Those sectors include: healthcare, grocery stores, liquor stores, agriculture, energy, public works, community government, public safety, transportation, manufacturing and banks.
Restaurants can reportedly still do carry-out and daycare centers may remain open under the order. Among commercial businesses, home repair companies, cleaning companies, hardware stores, and laundromats and dry cleaners can also stay open, according to state guidance.
Following today’s order, the Board of Liquor License Commissioners for Baltimore City said all licensed establishments “are considered essential businesses and thus not required to cease operations as per this Executive Order.”
The order takes effect at 5 p.m. Monday.