Reopen Maryland is a group of Maryland citizens concerned about the impact of mass shutdowns and school closures in response to COVID-19. We acknowledge the tragedy caused by COVID-19 and appreciate that it is a significant public health concern. However, the economic, social and educational disruption caused by shutdowns is guaranteed to cause significant, even greater, harm, leading to increased deaths, economic disruption, loss of livelihood, and educational challenges for Marylanders and their families, and far less disruptive means of managing the disease can be employed.
We are petitioning our governor, Larry Hogan, to immediately reopen our state's business, educational and religious institutions. Marylanders are struggling daily to pay bills, maintain family unity, ensure their children's well-being, and remain connected. Research has demonstrated that non-economically disruptive social distancing measures can be sufficient to control the spread of COVID-19, and we call upon Governor Hogan to hear his constituents and immediately begin the responsible reopening of our state.