Gov. Larry Hogan today issued a stay-at-home-order effective today, March 30 at 8 p.m., citing a 400 percent in COVID-19 cases in Maryland and a national shortage of medical equipment and supplies.

“We are no longer asking or suggesting that Marylanders stay home,” Hogan said at a morning conference on March 30 announcing the executive order.  “We are directing them to do so.”

The stay-at-home directive requires Marylanders to stay at home unless travel is for an essential job or to seek food, medicine or urgent medical care. He also said Marylanders who’ve recently traveled out of state must self-quarantine for 14 days.

“We have reached a critical turning point in the fight to stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic here in Maryland and in the national capital region, which includes Washington D.C. and Virginia,” he said. “Sadly the number of deaths here in Maryland has tripled from 5-15 over the weekend.”

He said the respiratory virus was increasing exponentially and experts are warning that the Maryland-DC area could start to see infection rates similar to the New York Tri-State area.

He said the state’s best efforts to ensure social distancing has fallen short because some Marylanders continue to ignore previous executive orders.

“Some people are choosing to ignore those executive orders and directives,” he said. “Those individuals are endangering themselves and their fellow citizens. Anyone involved in this reckless behavior is in violation of state law and is putting the lives of their families, their friends and fellow Marylanders at risk.”