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Maryland’s GOP chair is picking up the tab to help businesses during coronavirus downturn

Dirk Haire, the chairman of the Maryland Republican Party during a Q&A at the Sun.
Dirk Haire, the chairman of the Maryland Republican Party during a Q&A at the Sun.(Jerry Jackson / Baltimore Sun)

Maryland Republican Party chairman Dirk Haire and his wife Anne Arundel County Councilwoman Jessica Haire are sponsoring $10,000 worth of free food from local restaurants and caterers to bolster those businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak, the party announced Tuesday.

The free food, which is available to the public on a first come, first served basis, will be offered at Anne Arundel County businesses starting Wednesday. The first 40 people who contact Skipper’s Pier restaurant in Deale on Wednesday and ask for “dinner on Jessica and Dirk” will receive $25 off of their order, according to a news release from the state party.

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On Thursday, the first 40 people who contact Glory Days Grill in Edgewater and ask for the same deal will receive $25 off of their order, the party said.

On Friday, the Haires will buy dinner for Anne Arundel County police stationed in the southern district, provided by Julie St. Marie Catering of Annapolis.

Additional offers for other businesses in Anne Arundel County will be announced in the next few days, Dirk Haire said Tuesday. The couple plan to post the offers on Jessica Haire’s Facebook page.

Maryland had at least 349 confirmed cases of coronavirus as of Tuesday, and four people have died in the state as a result of the virus.

An order from Gov. Larry Hogan required all nonessential businesses to close as of Monday, strengthening a previous order that forced all restaurants and bars to close to dine-in customers last week. Takeout and delivery remain legal, however many restaurants have been forced to lay off staff or reduce hours due to lack of demand.

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