Governor Larry Hogan: Compliance checks to be held statewide as Thanksgiving holiday approaches
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Governor Larry Hogan held a press conference on Monday to provide an update on COVID-19 across Maryland.
With the Thanksgiving holiday quickly approaching, the governor is reminding Marylanders that both federal and state health officials are strongly advising against holiday travel, and that celebrating is safer if it is limited to members of your immediate household.
Hogan also announced that in addition to traditional efforts ramping up drunk driving patrols ahead of Thanksgiving, the state is launching an all-hands-on-deck compliance, education, and enforcement operation. Maryland State Police is expanding its COVID-19 Compliance and Coordination Center and deploying High Visibility Compliance Units across the state, with additional troopers assigned in every county to work in partnership with locals to investigate any reports of violations of state law.
Beginning Thanksgiving eve, state troopers will support local authorities with compliance checks, with a focus on educating the public about existing orders and protocols, preventing super-spreading events, and assisting in enforcement actions when necessary. Hogan says many of these checks will take place in popular bar areas and Main Street areas, and that Salisbury will be one of the cities included in the compliance checks.
Effective immediately, MSP will be operating a 24/7 phone line and email address to support local compliance teams in the field with questions regarding existing orders and enforcement. Marylanders who see unlawful behavior are also encouraged to report it by calling 833-979-2266 or sending an email to Prevent.Covid@maryland.gov.
At 5 p.m. Wednesday, November 25th, the Maryland Emergency Management Agency will send a wireless emergency alert to cell phones across the state to remind Marylanders of critical COVID-19 prevention measures and provide info about state and local law enforcement actions.