City Rescinds 50 Person Limit on Gatherings

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Supplemental ORDER OF THE MAYOR OF THE CITY OF SALISBURY

WHEREAS, COVID-19, a respiratory illness caused by a virus that spreads rapidly from person to person and may result in serious illness or death, constitutes a clear and present threat to the lives, health, welfare and safety of the people of the City of Salisbury; and,

WHEREAS, to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Maryland State Department of Health (MDH) recommend implementation of community mitigation strategies to increase containment of the virus, including cancellation of large gatherings and social distancing of at least six (6) feet between persons in small gatherings; and,

WHEREAS, A state of emergency and catastrophic health emergency was proclaimed by Governor Lawrence J. Hogan, Jr. for the entire State of Maryland on March 5, 2020, to control and prevent the spread of COVID-19, and the state of emergency and catastrophic health emergency continue to exist; and,

WHEREAS, A state of emergency was proclaimed by Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver for Wicomico County on March 16, 2020; and,

WHEREAS, The conditions for a state of emergency within the City of Salisbury have been met and steps beyond those ordered in State or County emergency orders are deemed necessary by me; and,

WHEREAS, A state of emergency within the City of Salisbury was declared on March 22, 2020 by myself and having not been rescinded, additional orders and clarifications are deemed necessary given additional orders declared by Governor Hogan; and,

WHEREAS, Governor Hogan announced on April 13, 2020 that at 5:00pm April 15, 2020 Phase I of the Maryland Strong Roadmap to Recovery would be in effect; and,

WHEREAS, An Order of the Mayor was signed on April 4, 2020 to all open essential commercial/retail facilities, farmer’s markets, food trucks and the enforcement of orders and was rescinded and reissued on June 2, 2020 following additional orders declared by Governor Hogan; and,

WHEREAS, An Order of the Governor was signed on June 10, 2020 that eliminated the restrictions on large gatherings of more than 10 people, but reserved unto a local political subdivision the ability to issue orders that are more restrictive than the Governor’s order (“Local Orders”); and,

WHEREAS, The City has determined that current conditions regarding exposure to COVID-19 no longer require the 50 person limit on the number of people who may gather at social, community, recreational, leisure, and 2 sporting gatherings and events, as previously ordered by me on June 12, 2020;

NOW THEREFORE, I, Jacob R. Day, Mayor of the City of Salisbury, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Charter and Code of the City of Salisbury, including but not limited to SC17-4, 2.08.020 and 9.08.220, do hereby order the deletion of Section XXI (which established a 50 person limit on the number of people who may gather at social, community, recreational, leisure, and sporting gatherings and events) from my June 2, 2020, Order. All other provisions of my June 2, 2020, Order remain intact and unchanged.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I hereunto set my hand and the seal of the City of Salisbury this ___ day of July, 2020.

Jacob R. Day, Mayor

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