Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks extended the county’s stay-at-home order another two weeks.
The County Executive Angela Alsobrooks of Prince George extended the stay-at-home order for the county for another two weeks, on Thursday. This statement comes one day after Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced that the state would continue reopening from the shutdown enforced by the coronavirus pandemic on Friday, “Phase One”.
On Wednesday, Hogan announced that he was lifting the statewide stay-at-home order effective at 5 p.m. Friday, May 15. However, the leaders of some jurisdictions said they were not ready to reopen, and the governor said his plan allows local leaders to have flexibility.
This lead to Angela Alsobrooks stating “I am signing an executive order to issue a stay-at-home order for Prince George’s County that will be effective through June 1,” during a Thursday morning press briefing.
“We are giving ourselves that time,” Alsobrooks said. “What that means is in the interim, we need you to please continue to stay home, except for essential activities like going to the grocery store and picking up medications. Remember, going to the emergency room is always essential.”
Aside from these types of activity, Alsobrooks said Prince Georgians should remain at home and non-essential businesses should remain closed again till June 1. She added that churchgoers should continue to meet virtually and not in person. Likewise, restaurants may only stay available for pick-up or delivery on the curbside.
“I know that all of this is hard,” Alsobrooks said. “These are really, really trying times for all of us. I have said to you before, I’ll say it again, coronavirus will not have the final say in Prince George’s. This is a time where we will have to reimagine what our new normal will look like because we know as a result of what we have experienced, we have to do business differently than we have in the past to make sure that we operate safely.”
Watch the full Press conference with County Executive Angela D. Alsobrooks about the Coronavirus (COVID-19):