Gov. Larry Hogan on Monday announced Maryland State Police will lead a statewide effort to enforce executive orders related to the coronavirus.

"I know that there is growing frustration that we are still fighting this virus and many people are struggling emotionally and financially," Hogan said. "But following the public health directives is the only way we will be able to stop this virus, to keep Maryland open for business, to keep hospitals from overflowing."

Last week, Hogan issued a slew of new orders limiting occupancy at establishments, curtailing hospital and nursing home visits, and forcing food service establishments to close early.

He said that, though most Marylanders and businesses are complying with the orders, 57% of the complaints being received by law enforcement have been related to compliance issues at restaurants.

"We can't let a few bad actors spoil it for the others who have been doing such a great job," Hogan said. "We cannot afford to undo all the progress that we have made together."

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State troopers will deploy high-visibility units to every county and are working with local leaders. Troopers will be detailed to high-traffic areas in places like Bel Air, Towson, Salisbury, Silver Spring and Baltimore City.

The state is opening a tip line at 833-979-2226. Tipsters who witness unlawful behavior may also email

At 5 p.m. Wednesday, the Maryland Emergency Management Agency will send alerts to Marylanders' cell phones to remind them of critical prevention measures and state and local enforcement. The state is also launching a public health campaign with announcements on radio and television, Hogan said. Read more at WBAL