Request for injunction on Maryland stay-at-home order denied
BALTIMORE (AP) – A federal judge has rejected a challenge by churches and businesses to Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s stay-at-home order in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. U.S. District Court Judge Catherine C. Blake issued the order on Wednesday in response to a lawsuit filed by the two groups, which joined Del. Dan Cox, a Frederick Republican, in the lawsuit. The plaintiffs alleged that their right to travel, free speech and assembly were violated, and that businesses sustained deep losses because of what they call unlawful orders. They were seeking a temporary restraining order to stop enforcement of Hogan’s order, but Blake said the plaintiffs failed to show the order was an invasion of rights.