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Statement by Board of Governors Regarding Farm Activities

The State's efforts to curb the spread of Covid-19 require closure of all "non-critical" organizations

Statement by Board of Governors Regarding Chapter Farm Closure

Dear Members:  As you know from our recent statement concerning the effects of the pandemic on our operations, we recognize that our farm is a haven for all of us.  It was difficult to call off the dinner and to limit gatherings of more than ten, but we emphasized the great opportunity the Farm presented to get away from it all for a while. But Maryland’s fight against the coronavirus, as led by Governor Hogan, has required us all to limit our activities even further.

By now you have probably heard about the Executive Order issued by the Governor March 23rd, controlling all “businesses, organizations, establishments and facilities that are not part of the critical infrastructure sectors” identified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. 

Here’s the Executive Order. See the interpretive guidance from the Maryland Office of Legal Counsel here and the latest supplement here.

The Board has determined that the Executive Order includes our Chapter within the scope of “non-critical infrastructure,” and that it must accordingly close the Chapter Farm in order to comply with Maryland law.  The Order is subject to change, and hopefully in the near future more interpretations will be issued, which will indicate that the Chapter Farm may re-open.  But for now, the Farm must remain closed.

Please check your email, our website and Facebook for updates.  

We encourage our members to stay informed with the latest public health advice from the CDC,https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/03.16.20_coronavirus-guidance_8.5x11_315PM.pdf and the Maryland Department of Health https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/

We look forward to resuming operations in the near future.

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