RELEASE: Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young Releases Statement in Advance of President’s Visit to Baltimore

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Bernard C. “Jack” Young


City of Baltimore

250 City Hall • Baltimore, Maryland 21202 • 410-396-3835



May 21, 2020

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Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young Releases Statement in Advance of President’s Visit to Baltimore

BALTIMORE, MD.  — Today, Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young released the following statement in advance of the President’s planned visit on Memorial Day to Baltimore’s Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine:

“The City of Baltimore remains under a Stay at Home order that was put in place to help safeguard our residents from the dangers associated with COVID-19. We have worked closely with our health professionals to educate the public about the benefits of social distancing and staying home, unless leaving for an essential reason, like visiting a doctor or picking up groceries. That President Trump is deciding to pursue non-essential travel sends the wrong message to our residents, many of whom have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 virus. I wish that the President, as our nation’s leader, would set a positive example and not travel during this holiday weekend. In addition to the President sending a conflicting message to our residents, his visit, requires personnel and equipment, and has a price tag that our City, which is still dealing with the loss of roughly $20 million in revenue per month, simply can’t afford to shoulder. I would hope that the President would change his mind and decide to remain at home. If he decides, however, to move forward with his scheduled trip to Baltimore we will, of course, be prepared for his visit.”