Hogan postpones primary election, announces more sweeping action against COVID-19

Governor looks to reschedule Preakness, turn Emissions stations into drive-thru testing sites
Posted at 11:23 AM, Mar 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-18 09:14:17-04

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland Governor Larry Hogan on Tuesday postponed the April 28 Primary Election to June 2.

Early voting will begin May 21 and last through May 28.

The 7th Congressional Special General Election will still happen on April 28, by mail in ballot.

Hogan also said he's in talks to re-schedule the Preakness Stakes to sometime in September, though no official date has been set.

The Governor is also ordering all vehicle emission stations to shutdown during the pandemic, and is planning to re-purpose them to create drive through coronavirus testing stations.

Citizens with a March emissions date will receive a new date.

All public transportation including MTA buses, Light Rail, subway, and MARC Train service will be reduced up to 50 percent.

The subway and Light Rail for now on will be running on a Saturday schedule, while the MARC Train will run on an "R" schedule.

Mobility transportation will continue to take bookings for medical appointments.

Hogan also said his ban on dine-in restaurants will also apply to BWI Airport.

Only ticketed passengers or those assisting them along with airport workers will be allowed inside the terminals, while check-in lines will also be eliminated to reduce foot traffic.

The terminal hours are 4 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Maryland's toll system on highways and bridges will immediately begin cashless tolling.

The MVA will also be reducing services, including the suspension of all non-commercial drivers license testing.

Commercial driving tests will still go on by appointment only.

Meanwhile, all branches statewide will close at 4:30 p.m. Thursdays and be closed Saturdays until further notice.

Until then, Hogan has ordered an extension of all driver’s and business licenses, identification cards, permits and registrations that expire during the state of emergency. They will be valid until the 30th day after the state of emergency has been lifted.

Hogan says he has asked President Donald Trump to extend the federal deadline for Real ID.

These latest announcements follow drastic steps already taken by Hogan and his administration, which has already closed schools for at least two weeks, and ordered all casinos, racetracks, bars, theaters, gyms, and restaurants to close, with exception to takeout and delivery service.

Currently there are 57 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Maryland.

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