ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Governor Larry Hogan held a press conference Tuesday morning to announce additional measures being taken statewide to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
First, the April 28th Maryland Primary Election has been postponed to June 2nd, to limit large gatherings of people in small spaces. In addition, Preakness will be postponed until sometime in September.
The state will begin cashless tolling effective immediately, and Maryland Transportation Authority will be closing customer centers. MVA hours will be reduced, and all non-commercial drivers license tests have been suspended. Hogan also announced that he has submitted a letter to the President, requesting that the deadline for Federal Real I.D. compliance be extended in Maryland, as well as nationwide.
He reiterated that stores will remain open, however emphasized that panic buying is just increasing person to person contact.
Other actions being taken statewide include:
- All local bus, metro, and commuter bus services reduced
- Train service will be reduced by 50%
- Check in lines at BWI eliminated, hours of operation changed to allow for thorough cleaning
- Carry out only at airport restaurants
- All vehicle emissions inspections ceasing operations; working to turn all inspection centers into drive-thru coronavirus testing centers
- All Maryland citizens are urged to avoid any unnecessary travel