Maryland Residents May be IMPRISONED for Not Wearing Face Coverings

(ThePatriotSource.Com)- Maryland residents could face imprisonment or a fine of up to $5,000 for failing to wear a face mask in public, according to the state’s Governor Larry Hogan. During his Wednesday coronavirus press briefing, Governor Hogan announced an executive order that requires residents to wear masks while out in public.

It differs to the executive order signed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, however, in that the rule will be strictly enforced and penalties are in place.

According to the order, “a person who knowingly and wilfully violates this Order is guilty of a misdemeanour and on conviction is subject to imprisonment not exceeding one year or a fine not exceeding $5,000 or both.”

Yikes.

While very few are unafraid of the spread of the Chinese coronavirus, the strict measures put in place to reduce its spread are not universally popular. In some states, like Michigan, stay-at-home orders have been so extensive that residents took to the street in protest. Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer banned stores from selling “non-essential” items and shut down churches while allowing marijuana stores to stay open.

During the press conference, Hogan said he’d signed an executive order that also requires all essential retail locations to “require their staff to wear face coverings and requires those businesses to put into place appropriate social distancing measures in order to keep their customers and their staff safe.”

“To give these retailers time to make these adjustments, this order will go into effect beginning Saturday at 7 a.m.”

Hogan also commended businesses and residents in some of the state’s “hotspots” who have already taken on board this advice and implemented measures earlier. He also explained how, as per the Centers for Disease Control guidelines, “the wearing of masks is also something that we may have to become more accustomed to in order to safely reopen our state.”