Gov. Hogan issues new emergency orders related to travel in Maryland

Posted at 4:22 PM, Mar 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-20 06:50:58-04

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — At a press conference earlier on Tuesday, Governor Larry Hogan urged all citizens to avoid any unnecessary travel. The hope is that it will to limit the spread of COVID-19.

BWI Airport is taking immediate steps to increase social distancing. Airport officials are discouraging anyone to enter the terminal unless they are a traveling passenger or reporting to a job.

Check-in lines will be eliminated and hours of operation will change to allow for crews to do deep cleaning of the terminal.

In addition, there will only be carry-out options at the BWI Airport for those traveling.

“We all saw the chaotic scenes at airports around the country last weekend,” said Governor Hogan. “I am urging all Maryland citizens to avoid any unnecessary travel. ”

Travelers who spoke to WMAR 2 News say the changes are necessary to keep the public safe.

“I think you just have to cut it down. Just so people are not close to each other and stay that distance,” said Cindy Shifflett. “It does help. I’m not too worried. I checked my flight and there’s nothing around me near the seats. Everyone’s canceling! All the changes will keep us same.”

Other changes include the closing of all customer service centers at the Maryland Transportation Authority. It will move to 100 percent cashless tolling statewide.

Hogan also announced MARC train service will be reduced by 50 percent and beginning Wednesday, they will reduce all local bus, LightRail and commuter bus services.

Medical trips will continue to get priority.