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Businesses close following Governor's order

Posted at 6:00 PM, Mar 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-23 18:00:58-04

BALTIMORE — Businesses across the state found themselves closing up shop not knowing when they'd reopen. This included Hermans Discount in the Waverly neighborhood.

"We have no choice but to listen," said owner Ricky Herman.

Earlier in the day Governor Larry Hogan ordered all non0-essential businesses, organizations, establishments, and corporations to close effective at 5 p.m.

"My thoughts are the sooner we can get it back to normalcy, the better," said Herman. "We're just locking it down, biting the bullet and and wanting everything to get under control. The sooner we can reopen, the better.

The Governor made clear the order is not a shelter in place order, but citizens should stay at home as much as possible.

"Today’s actions of closing nonessential businesses are absolutely necessary to protect the health of Maryland or‘s and to save lives," said Hogan.