Category: Reopening DMV

Protesters in Maryland call for reopening as states remain divided over restrictions

A protest kicked off in Maryland Saturday with a gathering of people wearing shirts calling for the state to reopen. The group Reopen Maryland, opposed to the state’s stay-at-home order, was planning to drive across the state, concluding with a speech by Republican Congressman Andy Harris, according to the group’s Facebook event.

“Marylanders: If you’re tired of being on indefinite house arrest while the government fails to protect the most vulnerable…if you think taxpayers deserve answers when millions of dollars are secretively spent on still-unused test strips….if your business is struggling and you can’t hang on much longer…come join us tomorrow,” Reopen Maryland posted to its Facebook page Friday.

Gov. Larry Hogan issued a stay-at-home order on March 30, stating that “no Maryland resident should be leaving 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.”

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Coronavirus Cases on Rise in DC Area as Leaders Look Toward Reopening

The leaders of D.C., Maryland and Virginia each have announced plans to reopen the economies once coronavirus cases subside, but the number of people infected or killed by the virus is still on the rise. 

Data released Tuesday morning shows jumps in the number of cases and deaths. D.C. announced an additional 102 cases and five deaths. Maryland announced another 626 cases and 71 deaths. And Virginia shared news of another 758 cases and 33 deaths. 

For D.C. to reopen, officials will have to see a drop in the number of virus cases over a two-week period, Mayor Muriel Bowser said. Virginia will follow the same standard, Gov. Ralph Northam said. In Maryland, officials will look for a 14-day decline or plateau in the number of people hospitalized and the number of people admitted to intensive care, Gov. Larry Hogan said.  >Read More