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.”
The nation’s capital remains under a stay-at-home order, but at some point restrictions will be eased and tourists will begin to come into the city once again.
The struggle for the local and federal government, as well as businesses, will be how to make sure things like social distancing can remain in place.
“We’re going to have to do business differently, that includes tourists,” said Dr. Michael Parkinson of P3 Health.
Parkinson serves on an advisory panel for the U.S. Travel Association, which has developed new guidelines for the travel industry in what is dubbed “Travel in the ‘new normal.’”
Parkinson said D.C. is a unique case because while it has the elements of a big city, its design also creates some advantages when officials try to figure out how to maintain physical distancing.
D.C.’s busy streets and public transit are among its disadvantages.
By Jason Schaumburg | The Center Square | May 4, 2020
Virginia Department of Education Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane said Virginia public schools will receive $238.6 million in federal funding under the federal Coronavirus Aid, Recovery and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
VDOE said 90 percent of the funding – more than $214.7 million – will go directly to the commonwealth’s school divisions. The CARES Act gives school divisions much leeway in how they spend the money, including expenses directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic, expenses related to extended learning, services for economically disadvantaged students, expanding and improving distance learning, mental health services and career and technical education.
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