Vistors Asked to Self-Quarantine or "Stay At Home"

Updated: Apr 10, 2020

Garrett County Commissioners; Chairman Paul Edwards, Jim Hinebaugh, Larry Tichnell

The Garrett County Commissioners remind anyone traveling to the County, despite Governor Hogan’s "Stay at Home" directive, that they must self-quarantine for 14 days.

Over the past month, local emergency service organizations have been collaborating in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Garrett County. The goal is to lessen the potential impact on the local rural healthcare infrastructure.

The stay-at-home order went into effect at 8 p.m. Monday, March 30 and is set to remain in effect until the state of emergency is over. Violations can be punished with a misdemeanor charge.

"We are no longer asking or suggesting that Marylanders stay home. We are directing them to do so," said Governor Larry Hogan in a press briefing.

Hogan stated that persons traveling into Maryland from anywhere outside the state are required to self-quarantine for 14 days with the exception of persons who regularly commute into Maryland from an adjacent state or the District of Columbia, or vice-versa. However, regular commuters crossing state lines who may pose a risk of being infected with the virus should otherwise self-quarantine under applicable Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (CDC) or Maryland Department of Health, (MDH) guidance. This would include recent travel to the New York/Tri-State area that has been determined to be a hot-spot for COVID-19.

Garrett County is a popular tourist destination for nearby metro areas with many second homes and vacation properties located on Deep Creek Lake. It is not deemed essential travel to come to Garr