MARYLAND (WJZ) — Businesses and individuals who don’t comply with Gov. Hogan’s order to shut down dine-in service could be fined up to $5,000 or spend a year in jail.

The governor announced an executive order Monday restricting public gatherings and business operations due to COVID-19, and state police and local law enforcement agencies say they will be involved, when needed, to enforce the governor’s executive order in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

His order mandated that all businesses shut down dining-in and restrict themselves to carry-out or delivery options only in an effort to minimize gatherings of 250 or more people.

Food trucks, barber shops, salons and funeral facilities can all remain open but there cannot be gatherings of more than 50 people, the executive order said.

State police said they will be responding to complaints for businesses who do not comply, working with local authorities.


“Depending on the call and location, we will first make contact with the owner or manager of the establishment. If voluntary compliance does not occur, we will take enforcement action, in cooperation with the local state’s attorney.” said Maryland State Police Superintendent Cl. Woodrow W. Jones III.

The superintendent said that if the violation at an establishment involves customers or those who have gathered and they don’t leave when asked, they could be arrested.

“If the violation at an establishment or gathering involves customers or simply individuals who have gathered and voluntary compliance has not occurred, appropriate action will be taken that could ultimately result in the arrest of the individuals involved.” Jones said in the statement.

Any violation of the executive order is punishable for a fine of up to $5,000 or one-year in jail- or both, Jones said.

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Comments (8)
  1. King Julian says:

    Maryland can’t even keep murders in jail for a year

  2. Starr3214 says:

    This is using this virus to shut down the state and institute martial law without it being called that. This wrong and takes away our civil rights to move freely when necessary. This virus IS NOT that bad. He should get the tests to everyone that wants them, and keep them available to them..this does nothing to get rid of the virus and in 2 weeks we will know nothing more, and unless he gets us the tests, there is nothing we can do. Stop with the fear mongering!

  3. Starr says:


    1. Starr3214 says:

      we do not have a pandemic here in this country. Because the WHO/U.N. is calling it a pandemic in the world does NOT give these politicians the right to take oru freedoms and destroy our business and lives. And, and Executive Order can be disobeyed and then IF arrested you get your day in Court. This entire hysteria forced by the media and politicians to do just this, take our rights and destroy the Trump economy. Only two Gov’s doing this are Trump haters. Look around the country this is NOT happening in many other states with more cases than MD> Just a complete over reaction which the common people will suffer from, and I don’t mean the virus.

  4. Christopher Stimpson says:

    There will be thousands of restaurants and bars for sale in a few months.

  5. Jonathan Guessford says:

    Police may find that when they attempt to step on the necks of free men, the consent free men afford them will be withdrawn.

  6. M Mauck says:

    Just a sample of what Bernie’s Socialism would be like.

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