On Monday, March 30, Governor Larry Hogan announced the latest in a line of Executive Orders, directing all Maryland residents to "stay at home" unless they have an essential reason such as acquiring food, medicine or medical attention or they are part of the workforce that has been deemed "essential" workers by the state.
Since law offices have been deemed "essential," this will not change our members' ability to stay open. However, Governor Hogan has encouraged essential businesses to scale down operations and implement remote work as much as possible.
Whether or not law offices stay open is also affected by the decision of the Maryland Courts not to issue blanket extensions of deadlines under current scheduling orders, try-by dates, and toll civil statutes of limitations, despite surrounding states taking such actions. MAJ continues to share members comments and concerns about meeting deadlines while trying to stay safe and do their part to lower the curve.