Just before the Thanksgiving holiday and with the new surge of COVID-19 intensifying in Maryland and across the nation, Governor Larry Hogan announced the launch of a wide-scale compliance, education, and enforcement operation to slow the spread of the virus and keep Maryland safely open for business. “I know that there is growing frustration that we are all still fighting this virus,” said Governor Hogan. “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.”
The Governor has put the following orders in place:
- The Maryland State Police (MSP) are expanding their COVID-19 Compliance and Coordination Center and deploying ‘High Visibility Compliance Units’ across the state.
- Additional state troopers will be assigned in every county to work in partnership with local leaders, law enforcement, and other county officials with a focus on educating the public about existing orders and protocols, preventing super-spreading events, and taking enforcement actions when necessary.
- These ‘High Visibility Compliance Units’ will be detailed to several downtown areas including Bel Air, Bethesda, Fells Point in Baltimore City, Salisbury, Silver Spring, Towson, and to Allegany County. In addition to bars and restaurants, the operation will focus on venues that host gatherings, including nightclubs and banquet halls.
- This statewide operation kicked off on Wednesday before Thanksgiving and will continue throughout the holiday season.
In The Parke our Clubhouse remains closed for meetings and activities. The staff does rotate their coming and going as the business of The Parke continues. We are thankful for their dedication to our needs and hope that they, too, remain healthy and safe.
At the Mail Pavilion, please continue to social distance, wear your mask, and enter one at a time. Please respect your friends and neighbors by following these suggested guidelines. If you don’t believe caution is necessary, remember that others do believe the CDC recommendations. Our opinions on the subject may differ, but respect for both sides will make this work for all of us.
We have our plan in place for reopening, we have sanitizing supplies ready, and we are looking forward to seeing you in our Clubhouse when we are able to resume normal activities. However, with the tremendous surge of positive cases across the country, our Clubhouse will remain closed until further notice.
Linda Olsen, Board President
The Parke at Ocean Pines