Most people appear to be complying with the state’s COVID-19 rules after the Maryland State Police inspected hundreds of businesses on Wednesday as part of increased enforcement of epidemic restrictions. Here’s what you need to know.
Most people appear to be complying with the state’s COVID-19 rules after the Maryland State Police inspected hundreds of businesses on Wednesday as part of increased enforcement of pandemic-related restrictions.
After high-visibility patrols marched into popular dining and drinking areas and inspected about 730 businesses across the state, no charges were filed and no arrests were made, Maryland State Police said Thursday.
Wednesday was the first day that extra state soldiers were deployed in the details of COVID-19 in each county. The refurbished patrols follow after Governor Larry Hogan announced that the cause of the escape in coronavirus cases was partly due to hospital care in Maryland and a few people and businesses and did not follow the restrictions imposed by state health officials.
State soldiers gave less than 10 warnings to businesses that did not wear face masks or were socially isolated.
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“In the vast majority of inspections conducted, soldiers found businesses and customers that met the requirements of face masking, social distance and closure time,” the state police said in a press release on Thursday.
“These important safety measures and public health order will only be effective if they are observed and enforced,” Hogan said at a news conference Monday.
The Maryland Department of Health said the state saw an additional 2,319 confirmed cases of coronavirus on Wednesday. There were also many tests in the state, with 41,000 more tests seen on Wednesday than the day before.
A hotline and email were also announced this week where people who see violations can call the authorities for tips. More than 200 calls and emails have been received in the past 24 hours, according to Maryland State Police.
Before Thanksgiving, Maryland decided to send an emergency alert, reminding the state population to abide by the restrictions of COVID-19.
State soldiers reported a well-known scenario that unfolds better around the holidays: eight traffic accidents, including three in Harford County, two in Cecil County and one each in Carroll, Garrett and Anne Arundel County, marched drivers. In the past 24 hours, state police have arrested 16 people believed to have been driven under influence.
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