Restrictive measures are tightened against the background of a sharp increase in the number of cases of infection in the region
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan ordered that residents of the state do not leave their homes without urgent need.
According to Hogan, the order takes effect at 20.00 on Monday. In the evening, a special warning will be sent to residents ‘ mobile phones.
The number of cases of infection in the region has grown rapidly in recent days: as of Monday morning, more than 2,800 cases were recorded. More than 1,000 cases were confirmed over the weekend alone. Within a week, the number of cases of infection has more than quadrupled.
Hogan stressed that residents should not leave their homes unless there is a good reason – such as working, buying food or medicine, or seeking medical help. It is allowed to go outside for physical activity, but at a social distance. At the same time, it is forbidden to gather in groups of more than 10 people even on the street.
Violators of the rules face up to a year in prison and/or a fine of $ 5,000.
Earlier this month, Hogan ordered the closure of all non-essential establishments and banned gatherings of more than 10 people.