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Coronavirus In Baltimore: Police Department To Increase Business Checks To Make Sure Non-Essential Stores Close

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Baltimore Police Department plans to increase business checks to make sure stores are complying with Gov. Larry Hogan’s order that all non-essential businesses close their doors at 5 p.m. Monday to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison made the announcement at a news conference Monday afternoon. Baltimore News
“We are leveraging different units within the department to add additional capacity and personnel. The aim is to increase visibility and compliance with the governor’s executive orders,” Harrison said, adding the department has also “created a larger footprint” to make sure businesses comply with the voluntary order. Baltimore Medical News


Among the businesses that are considered essential and are not subject to the order are:

  • grocery stores
  • farmer’s markets
  • convenience stores
  • alcoholic beverage stores/distributors
  • farms
  • pet supply stores
  • vet hospitals
  • restaurants and bars are required to close their dining rooms but can operate carry-out, delivery, drive-thrus
  • daycares
Earlier in the day, Hogan said law enforcement officials statewide will take “aggressive actions” to break up groups of 10 or more people.
The police commissioner echoed those comments. Baltimore Political News
“When we get calls of non-compliance where there are gatherings of 10 people or more, we are responding to that and dispersing those individuals and educating those business owners on what’s actually required,” he said.
Harrison also sought to dispel rumors about the Maryland National Guard’s presence in the community, stressing they’re only in town “to support meal distribution, provide aid and planning and transportation and logistical assistance as needed.” Baltimore Distribution Service

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