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Posted on: March 19, 2020

City Continues Modified Operations

Governor Imposes New Restrictions

On March 16, 2020, Governor Larry Hogan issued new, more stringent orders regarding gatherings and business establishments. Restaurants, bars, gyms, and movie theaters were closed to the public as of 5 p.m. on this date, except for pickup and delivery of food.

Governor Hogan announced new restrictions on March 19, 2020, to adhere to federal guidelines aimed at preventing the spread of the coronavirus. Those restrictions included prohibiting events that draw more than 10 people. Additionally, all “enclosed shopping malls and entertainment venues” in Maryland were required to close by 5 p.m. on March 19. Access to BWI Marshall Airport Terminal was restricted to ticketed passengers and employees; exceptions will be made for visitors assisting disabled passengers. The State also urged citizens to utilize transit for essential travel only.

On March 23, 2020, Governor Hogan ordered all non-essential businesses in the State to close. The action was prompted by concerns that Marylanders were not heeding warnings about COVID-19 and following the 6-foot physical distancing guideline.

In response to the escalation of the COVID-19 crisis in the National Capital Region, Governor Larry Hogan issued a Stay at Home Order on March 30, 2020 to protect public health and safety. The Order, which took effect at 8:00 p.m. on March 30, states that no Maryland resident should leave their home unless it is for an essential job or for an essential reason, such as obtaining food or medicine, seeking urgent medical attention, or for other necessary purposes. Additionally, Marylanders should not travel outside of the State unless such travel is absolutely necessary; those who have traveled outside of the state should self-quarantine for 14 days.

Mayor Issues Emergency Proclamation

Mayor Dominick issued a proclamation declaring a public health emergency in the City as of 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 14, 2020. The Mayor’s declaration was prompted by the ongoing threat of widespread infection by the virus known as COVID-19.

In conjunction with Mayor Dominick’s public health emergency declaration, the City temporarily closed the Westminster Family Fitness Center on March 14, 2020. The City’s administrative offices were subsequently closed to the public. The City has also implemented new staffing procedures to maintain the health of its employees for business continuity.

City Government Remains Operational

Westminster government remains fully operational. The manner in which City services are provided has been modified in accordance with Governor Hogan’s Executive Orders and current guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Further information on the City’s current operational status can be found below.

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