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Hogan declares Dec. 23 a holiday for state workers; Moore family visits Government House

Gov. Larry Hogan (R) and his wife Yumi gave the family of Gov.-elect Wes Moore (D) a tour of Government House, their new home, on Friday. Photo from the Executive Office of the Governor.

By Tadiwos Abidje

Gov. Larry Hogan (R) announced Friday that state government agencies will be closed Dec. 23, the day before Christmas Eve.

Hogan said in a statement that he made the decision so that those who work in these agencies “can spend more time enjoying the holidays with their loved ones.”

“This is just another way to show our appreciation to our dedicated state workers who have worked tirelessly to serve their fellow Marylanders and help us to truly change Maryland for the better,” Hogan said.

He added that the day will be treated like other state holidays.

Dec. 23 is a state holiday in Virginia, but a spokeswoman for Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) said the city’s government will be open that day.

Also on Friday, Hogan and his wife Yumi, gave the family of Gov.-elect Wes Moore (D) a tour of their new Annapolis home, Government House, the governor’s mansion right across the street from the State House.

“The First Lady and I were delighted to welcome the Moore family to historic Government House this afternoon and show them around what will soon be their new home,” Hogan said in a statement. “The First Lady and I have been so grateful to serve as temporary residents of Government House, and we will cherish the memories our family has made here over the last eight years.”

Moore, who was there with his wife Dawn and children Mia and James, said on Twitter that the family had “a wonderful time.”

“We’re excited for this next chapter in our new home and to be of service to the people of Maryland,” he said.

As part of Maryland Matters’ content sharing agreement with WTOP, we feature this article from Tadiwos Abidje. Click here for the WTOP News website. Josh Kurtz contributed to this report.