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Baltimore Police received 128 calls for illegal gatherings this weekend as city extends coronavirus restrictions

Baltimore police responded to over 100 calls for illegal gatherings over the weekend as coronavirus-related restrictions were relaxed at the state level but the city remained under a stay-at-home order, the department said.

No citations were issued in response to any of the 128 calls and officers responded with “minimal police action," said Detective Donny Moses, a department spokesman. No police reports were written, he said.

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Each district received calls about people violating various state and local orders intended to stop the spread of COVID-19, the upper respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus. Gov. Larry Hogan lifted the statewide stay-at-home order Friday, but Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young signed an executive order to extend the restrictions, including prohibiting gatherings of 10 or more people. The state’s stay-at-home order is now replaced with a “safer at home" advisory and allows manufacturing, retail, haircuts and worship services to resume with specific limitations.

Police recieved calls about a range of violations, including people playing basketball at playgrounds and people inside stores without masks, according to police department spokesperson Lindsey Eldridge.

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Several photos and videos circled on social media over the weekend showing large gatherings in various parts of the city. In some instances, according to videos and resident account, a police helicopter used a spotlight and loud speakers to encourage residents to disperse.

Baltimore Sun reporter Phil Davis contributed to this article.

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