“Extra” MD State Troopers To Enforce Capacity Limits, Physical Distance Limits And Patrons Must Be Seated To Be Served At Bars, Restaurants And Banquet Halls Also MD’s 24-hour Rat Line Is Expanding


Extra state troopers also will be assigned to work with local police and health officials on education and enforcement of the pandemic restrictions, which also include capacity limits, physical distancing requirements and rules that patrons must be seated in order to be served. They will focus on all venues that host gatherings, such as bars, restaurants and banquet halls. The state also is expanding its 24-hour hotline for reporting violations, which can be reached via 833-979-2266 or Prevent.Covid@maryland.gov.

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Maryland to step up enforcement of coronavirus restrictions ahead of Thanksgiving with help of state police

The Baltimore Sun|22 hours ago The state is ramping up enforcement of coronavirus restrictions ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday as the pandemic surges just as people tend to socialize with family and gather in bars, Maryland Gov.

Maryland is ramping up enforcement of coronavirus restrictions ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday as the pandemic surges just as people usually gather with family and socialize in bars, Gov. Larry Hogan announced Monday.

In addition to family gatherings on the holiday itself, the night before Thanksgiving has become one of the biggest bar-hopping nights of the year as people return to their hometowns and catch up with old friends over drinks.

“I cannot emphasize how reckless that behavior would be this year,” the Republican governor said during a news conference in the State House rotunda in Annapolis.

Health officials already have advised people to celebrate Thanksgiving with their immediate households only, and Maryland’s bars and restaurants have a state-mandated 10 p.m. closing time.

“These important safety measures and public health orders are only effective if they are being followed and enforced,” Hogan said.

To that end, the Maryland State Police will send out “high visibility compliance units” to Bel Air, Towson, Salisbury, Silver Spring, Baltimore’s Fells Point neighborhood and Allegany County, which has experienced the worst infection rate in the state in recent weeks.

Extra state troopers also will be assigned to work with local police and health officials on education and enforcement of the pandemic restrictions, which also include capacity limits, physical distancing requirements and rules that patrons must be seated in order to be served. They will focus on all venues that host gatherings, such as bars, restaurants and banquet halls. The state also is expanding its 24-hour hotline for reporting violations, which can be reached via 833-979-2266 or Prevent.Covid@maryland.gov.

Enforcement has been a challenge for local government officials and bar owners alike, with some owners reporting that it’s difficult to keep track of rules that vary from one county to the next. A few of Baltimore’s bars have cycled through closing and quickly reopening after being found in violation of the pandemic restrictions. In Edgewater, two ice cream store employees were assaulted when asking patrons to put on masks.

The increased enforcement will focus initially on Wednesday and Thursday, though state officials said the Maryland State Police will be available to provide assistance as needed to local jurisdictions over the coming weeks.

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