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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan

Maryland State Governor Larry Hogan issued an official lockdown order for all residents that took effect Monday evening at 8 pm.

All residents were ordered to remain indoors unless they were employed in essential work; non-essential workplaces were advised to shift to the internet if at all possible.

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“We are no longer asking or suggesting Marylanders stay home; we are directing them to do so,” Hogan said in a statement.

Those who violate the order are to face misdemeanor charges that carry a penalty of up to one year in jail and/or a $5,000 fine.

One is allowed to leave home in order to buy food or to seek medical care, NBCTV-4 Washington reported. Victims of domestic violence can leave their homes and seek help, it was emphasized, as well as leave to care for a relative or friend, and to care for livestock or pets.

“Every single Marylander can be a hero just by staying home,” Hogan added.

Residents who returned home recently from nearby states were asked to self-quarantine for a 14-day period.

There were 1,413 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Maryland on Monday.

The state has received a federal disaster designation, which will open up more funding for state and local governments and nonprofits, the governor’s office said in a release.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.