Violating Coronavirus Orders is Now Punishable with ONE YEAR BEHIND BARS in Maryland and Virginia

The states of Virginia and Maryland have announced that violating any lockdown edict to supposedly stop the coronavirus pandemic can be punished by up to one year in jail.

Blackfaced Virginia Governor Ralph “Coonman” Northam made the announcement during a Monday press conference that anyone who disobeys his orders risks a year behind bars.

“This is an unprecedented and difficult time. It will be hard for people. I understand that but I have faith in you as Virginians,” Northam said on Monday. “We need everyone to take this seriously and act responsibility.”

Northam came to the decision to enforce Draconian measures and shut down society after hearing reports that individuals were at the beach over the weekend.

“I will remind those folks that you are being very, very selfish because you are putting all of us, especially our healthcare providers at risk,” Northam said.

“What we will see a few weeks from now will be determined by how people behave today and in the following days,” Northam added.

Despite mandating a possible jail sentence of up to a year for an individual who refuses to comply with the lockdown edicts, Northam maintains that he does not want to lock anyone up. Some who refuse to comply may just be fined by the state during a time of incredible economic uncertainty. His orders are set to last until June 10.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, who is a Republican official unlike Northam, is also cracking the whip on the civil liberties of all those who potentially refuse to comply with his coronavirus edicts.

Hogan issued his unconstitutional edict on Monday forcibly shuttering all “non-essential” functions of society. It affects theatres, malls, gyms, bars, restaurants, senior centers, amusement parks, golf courses, VFW posts, bowling alleys, and many other establishments, which will suffer untold economic damage as a direct result.

“A person who knowingly and willfully violates this Order is guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction is subject to imprisonment not exceeding one year or a fine not exceeding $5,000 or both,” the edict reads.

Hogan has defended his move toward authoritarianism in Maryland by using his bully pulpit to levy additional threats to freedom-loving Americans. He defended an arrest last week of a man who allegedly held an unlawful gathering of more than 10 people.

“Most people are abiding by them, but a few people are refusing to,” Hogan said while being interviewed by Fox News. “In this particular case, this man refused to cooperate and was arrested.”

“When you do something like this you’re not only endangering your life, but the lives of our fellow citizens, and we’re not going to tolerate it,” Hogan said.

Tyranny is on the march, and Republican and Democrat public officials are using the coronavirus pandemic in order to usher it in to the Land of the Free.