State of Emergency 2021 Inauguration


What does a “State of Emergency” mean?

A state of emergency has been declared in order to allow Maryland to coordinate and request emergency resources and support. A state of emergency allows the Governor to access certain resources, like the National Guard, in order to increase the State’s response. It also allows Maryland to receive resource assistance from other states through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact.

A state of emergency is a good indicator that residents should remain alert and follow officials’ orders and news stations in order to be informed of the situation.

Why did Governor Hogan declare a State of Emergency?

In light of the D.C. Capitol riots and the upcoming 2021 Presidential Inauguration, Governor Larry Hogan has asked State agencies to launch a coordinated effort to keep Marylanders safe and informed in the upcoming days. Governor Hogan signed an Executive Order declaring a state of emergency in Maryland on Friday, January 15, 2020. Here is information on what a state of emergency means:

School Closures:

States of Emergencies typically do not mandate school closures. It usually is the local school district’s decision to stay open or to close. Check with your school for up-to-date closure information.


This state of emergency does not require employers to close. We ask that all employers consider employee safety at all times.


Most of the time, motorists are not prohibited from driving. However, there are certain areas in the District of Columbia that will be closed to vehicular and/or pedestrian traffic. D.C. Mayor Muriel has strongly advised individuals to not come to D.C. during the Presidential Inauguration. Governor Hogan is also advising Marylanders not to travel to D.C. from January 16 through January 21 and to attend inauguration activities virtually. If you are a motorist and must drive into Washington, D.C., and cannot change your plans, you should drive carefully and use common sense. You should also:

  • Allow extra time to get to your destinations.
  • Let family or/and friends know what roads you plan to take and expected arrival times.

Contact family/friends after you arrive at your destination.

Staying up-to-date:

Washington, D.C. Mayor Bowser announced the District’s use of Nixle for the 59th Presidential Inauguration. HSEMA, in coordination, with the United States Park Police will issue updates on public safety, street closures, weather alerts, transit updates, and more from the District’s Joint Information Center. To sign up, text INAUG2021 to 888-777.

To receive alerts, tips, and resources related to COVID-19 and other threats and hazards affecting or that may affect Maryland, text MdReady to 898-211 or MdListo for Spanish. ​