Gov. Hogan issues amended emergency order, prohibits blanket school closures

School Reopening Recommendations

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – On Monday, Governor Larry Hogan issued an amended emergency order, ensuring that local schools and school systems have the primary authority to initially determine when to safely reopen for in-person instruction.

Under an order issued back on April 5th, local health departments continue to have the authority to close any individual facility deemed to be unsafe.

“Private and parochial schools deserve the same opportunity and flexibility to make reopening decisions based on public health guidelines. The blanket closure mandate imposed by Montgomery County was overly broad and inconsistent with the powers intended to be delegated to the county health officer,” the governor said in a statement.

Categories: Coronavirus, Local News, Maryland