Marylanders Rush to Retailers, Public Parks After Stay-at-home Order

By Kevin Lewis
March 30, 2020
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In the wake of Governor Larry Hogan declaring a stay-at-home order for Maryland, people rushed big box retailers, including this Home Depot near the Montgomery Mall in Bethesda.

Customers purchasing everything from gardening supplies to lumber. This afternoon, an even longer line wrapped around the Costco in Gaithersburg.

Many people wearing surgical and N95 masks plus latex gloves, and a police officer directing traffic and maintaining the peace.

Also today, police were dispatched to the area of Macarthur Boulevard and Stable Lane in Potomac, near the Old Anglers Inn.

Hundreds of cars parked along both roadways, with their owners enjoying the C&O canal trails.

Governor Hogan also announced plans for drive-thru testing sites at MVA emissions facilities in Anne Arundel, Charles and Harford counties.

State senator Cheryl Kagan, whose district includes Rockville and Gaithersburg, said she was disappointed by this decision, as Montgomery County has the most COVID-19 cases in the entire state. “These three new sites, from someone in Montgomery County, will take 45 minutes, 55 minutes and 116 minutes to get to, and I don’t think we want folks who are acting on doctor’s orders to get tested, to be in the car for that long,” she said.