Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced a new operation ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday to enforce coronavirus regulations amid a statewide spike in cases — including state troopers patrolling areas for offenders and a round-the-clock hotline to report violations.
The governor said state police are sending “high visibility compliance units” throughout the state to monitor such activities as mask-wearing and social distancing.
The operation will begin Wednesday at 5 p.m.
“I know that there is growing frustration that we are all still fighting this virus,” Hogan said Monday at a press conference to announce the order. “Many people are struggling emotionally and financially, and this is causing a great deal of stress for nearly everyone — but following the public health directives is the only way we will be able to stop this virus, keep Maryland open for business, and keep hospitals from overflowing.”
As of Tuesday, Maryland has 185,464 coronavirus cases and 4,325 related deaths, according to state health department statistics. The state’s positivity rate is currently 6.6%, well above the target goal of 5%.