**FILE** Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (William J. Ford/The Washington Informer)
**FILE** Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (William J. Ford/The Washington Informer)

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) signed an emergency order Tuesday prolonging the prohibition of utility cutoff and residential late fees until Aug. 1 to help Marylanders struggling amid the coronavirus pandemic.

On March 5, Hogan declared a state of emergency due to the presence of the coronavirus with renewals on March 17, April 10, May 6 and June 3.

The utility and residential late fees order would have terminated July 1 had the governor not acted, CBS News’ Baltimore affiliate reported.

The utilities affected by the order are electricity, water, sewage, disposal, telegraph, gas, phone and internet.

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