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March 31, 2020 COVID-19 Update from Mayor Martin 


This morning, I signed an order declaring a local state of emergency in the City of Havre de Grace in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  This local state of emergency will become effective at 6 PM tomorrow, April 1, 2020 and will continue for thirty days until April 30, 2020. I  will revisit the need to extend the local state of emergency prior to its expiration.

This temporary declaration will allow the City to shift its operations policy to align with the Governor’s Executive Orders. This will also give my office the legal authority and flexibility to make decisions necessary to protect not only the health and safety of our community, but also to ensure the proper continuity of government operations.

Please know I do not take such action lightly.  I am prepared to take whatever action is needed to protect our community.

With that being said, I also believe that transparency and communication are the foundation of my administration.

During this period, I will continue to coordinate communications with the county, state, and federal government and with community agencies to provide the citizens of Havre de Grace with up to date information as it is made available to us. 

Yesterday, Governor Hogan issued four executive orders, including a stay at home order. 

The Governor’s stay at home order mandates all persons living in the State of Maryland to stay in their homes or places of residence except to participate in certain essential activities. 

Additionally, the Governor issued an executive order enabling municipalities to postpone elections if necessary. You can find all of the Governor’s executive orders and interpretive guidance at 

As of this morning, March 31, 2020, the state of Maryland has experienced over 1500 cases of the coronavirus disease. During the upcoming weeks, it’s expected that this number will continue to grow. 

As you know, in accordance with the City Charter, we hold our election on the first Tuesday of May each year. The City election scheduled five weeks from now is currently set to be held on May 5, 2020.

Right now, my team is developing a contingency plan for the 2020 election. This plan will look at possible alternatives to our traditional polling method and consider a postponement of the 2020 City election. I have instructed the team to give me their recommendations by mid-April, at which time I will submit this plan to the City Council for their review and approval.  A decision regarding the City election will be announced to the public no later than April 21, 2020. 

Additional  announcements: 

  • In the interest of public health, all City playground equipment is closed.
  • City Parks will remain open as permitted by the Governor’s March 30, 2020 order.

However, to comply with social distancing guidelines published by the Center for Disease Control, we have modified the pedestrian traffic flow along the promenade. 

The promenade will now have one-way traffic with pedestrians entering the promenade from the City Yacht Basin. 

  • Additional guidance and signage will be posted.   
  • The April 13th budget work session has been canceled. 


  • The April 11th dumpster day event is canceled. We will notify the public when an alternative date is arranged. 


  •  The April 20th City Council meeting will continue as scheduled.


    • The City is taking necessary steps to ensure this meeting will comply with the Maryland Open Meetings Act. The public notice, agenda, and minutes for and from this meeting will be made available to the public in accordance with the law. 
    • For the safety of our community, the public will not be able to observe this meeting in person.
    • In compliance with the law, the public will be able to observe the meeting through a live stream.

      • We will be issuing additional information on how to access and observe the meeting prior to April 20. 
  • All other directives I have issued concerning the closure of City buildings or assets remain in effect.

Finally, but not least, I want to thank my fellow citizens for how they have conducted themselves during these trying times. I truly believe it will be communities like ours around this country that will eventually slow down and put an end to this global pandemic.  Havre de Gracians are no strangers to adversity and we will do what it takes to successfully see this though.

On Sunday, my wife Taryn and I released a new campaign called Light up Havre de Grace With Hope.

  • The purpose of this campaign is to unite and bring our community together.
  • We are asking citizens to place lights on the front of their homes to send the world a message of hope.
  • We ask citizens to share pictures of their lights on social media outlets with the hashtag HdGStrong.
  • More information about this campaign can be found on the City’s website and social media outlets.

I ask that everyone practice responsible social distancing and continue to make Havre de Grace the great community that it is. 

Havre de Gracians are no strangers to adversity and we will do what it takes, to successfully see this though.

Thank you and HdGStrong! 

March 18, 2020 COVID-19 Update from the City of Havre de Grace:

March 18, 2020 COVID-19 Update from the City of Havre de Grace: Today, the City of Havre de Grace released an update for the purpose of outlining its current and continued measures to support the Governor’s Executive Orders released March 12, 2020, as they relate to social distancing to help slow the spread of COVID-19…. Read more »