UPDATE: Governor Larry Hogan has indicated that we are READY to enter Phase 2! Urge our Commissioners to implement the guidance with NO DELAY!
On May 13, Governor Larry Hogan announced a light at the end of the tunnel of his draconian lockdown measures in the face of the COVID-19 Global Pandemic. Despite the announcement that there were only 4 Maryland counties responsible for most of the coronavirus cases, Governor Hogan empowered County Executives and Commissioners to decide whether they would reopen their counties at the same time he lifted the statewide "Stay at Home" order. On May 14, the Charles County Commissioners heard the testimony of experts from the legal, medical, EMS, law enforcement, business, and hospital stakeholders in our community who all gave definitive confidence that we could reopen, as allowed, on Friday, May 15. With a motion on the floor to follow the guidelines of the governor for lifting the stay at home order and opening more retail establishments plus religious institutions at 50% capacity, Commissioner Coates called for a 2 week delay in order to "educate the business community" - citing FEAR of the general public as reason to wait. The motion failed and an immediate motion to delay reopening was passed by Commissioners Coates and Stewart and Commissioner President Reuben Collins.
Charles County Residents have willingly complied with unjust house arrest, school and day care closures, and universal mask policies in all retail establishments. Mental and physical health declining, the people of Charles will no longer comply with draconian measures imposed by a Board of Commissioners whose greatest contribution to this crisis was a podcast explaining how easy it is to make cloth masks at home. They ignored data, science, and facts and instead will extend our lockdown for two more weeks based solely on fear. Make your voice heard - no more isolation, Reopen Charles County Now!