Maryland Gov Larry Hogan extends order barring utility shutoffs, late fees

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan once again extended the order barring utilities from shutting off residents’ services on Tuesday.

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The order – which extends the moratorium through Aug. 1 – will also bar utilities from charging late fees.

The utilities covered by the bill include electricity, water, phone and internet.

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Maryland’s economy has struggled under restrictions put in place to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

As “non-essential” businesses shut down or drastically reduce services, unemployment in Maryland soared.

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The governor initially extended the moratorium through July 1.