Coronavirus Update from Annapolis, 3.17.20

The State of Maryland is currently in the midst of battling and containing COVID-19, commonly known as Coronavirus. In the past few days, Governor Larry Hogan and various agencies within the State of Maryland have worked in conjunction to implement proactive measures that “flatten the curve” of spreading the virus. These include shutting down all Maryland public schools until March 27th, limiting the number of guests allowed within state buildings, and banning all gatherings of over 50 people. These measures aim to reduce the spread of Coronavirus and protect the most vulnerable members of our community.

A few days ago, citing public health research and guidelines from the Center for Disease Control, Senate President Bill Ferguson and House Speaker Adrienne Jones announced that the Maryland General Assembly 2020 Session will adjourn on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. For the first time since the Civil War, the Maryland General Assembly will adjourn Sine Die almost three weeks early in an attempt to prevent the spread of this disease across Maryland. This decision was not taken lightly, and leadership from both the Democratic and Republican parties submitted input to determine the best course of action. Ahead of Wednesday, legislation will be prioritized to best suit the needs of Maryland citizens, and a special session will be held in May to take up bills that fail to make it through the abbreviated regular session.

Maryland’s proactive approach to halting the spread of COVID-19 is essential in protecting all Maryland residents. Please be sure to follow the guidelines set forth by the CDC ( see image below) and practice social distancing to protect yourself and your families from contracting or spreading the Coronavirus.

During the interim and during this critical time, my office will be working diligently to support our most vulnerable constituents. If you would like to contact my office, please send an email to antonio.hayes@senate.state.md.us in order to get the most timely response. If any further action is taken regarding the legislative session, my office will be sure to update you.

In the meantime, there are many resources you can access as closures continues and COVID-19 spreads:

  • Click  here  for a list of Baltimore City Public schools providing free lunch to students from March 16th – 27th and other resources the school system is offering families.
  • For more Coronavirus updates and resources for Baltimore City, click here.
  • Click here for additional resources and recommendations regarding older adults and caregivers.
  • Click here for a full list of CDC recommendations regarding COVID-19.

Please stay healthy and safe everyone!