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Maryland’s COVID-19 Business Response

The federal Paycheck Protection Program began accepting applications again on January 11, 2021.

The State of Maryland is taking proactive steps to minimize the impact of COVID-19 across our state.

Governor Hogan continues working with a team of doctors and public health experts as the pandemic continues. Maryland continues working through the Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery plan, with additional regulations added to specific businesses. 

The bipartisan Relief Act of 2021 was signed into law on February 15, 2021, and includes more than $1 billion in tax relief and economic stimulus for struggling families and small businesses who are suffering as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here is a summary of the Relief Act

 The Maryland Department of Commerce expects to begin accepting applications for new Relief Act funding in late March.  Please continue to check this website for updates. When available, details about these Relief Act programs for business will be updated on the Financial Assistance page.

Our recovery continues to be a flexible, community-based approach that authorizes individual jurisdictions to make decisions regarding various mitigation measures. Each jurisdiction is authorized to create and enforce restrictions as needed, which may be more restrictive than what is mandated by the state. Businesses should check with their local and county governments for specific limitations and reopening regulations in their area.

As businesses transition to reopening, we will share guidance, directives and best practices for Maryland’s companies at open.maryland.gov/backtobusiness

To help meet the increased demand of businesses reopening, the Maryland State Department of Education continues to expand open child care sites in Maryland. Additional guidance is available.

For additional information, please visit the pages below:

“We are all in this together, and we will only get through this if we work together.” - Governor Larry Hogan



View Governor Hogan's executive orders and interpretive guidance, an ongoing list of frequently asked questions and FAQ translations in more than 10 languages.


Public Health Emergency Protection Act

The Governor signed emergency legislation on March 19, 2020 that includes:

  • No Fees or Co-pays for COVID-19 Tests - Ensures that Marylanders will not be charged fees or co-pays for COVID-19 tests.
  • No Price-Gouging - Prohibits price-gouging for food, fuel, medicine, cleaning products and other essential supplies.
  • Workers Cannot be Terminated - Guarantees that Marylanders cannot be terminated from their jobs because they have been isolated or quarantined.
  • Unemployment Benefits - Allows the Secretary of Labor to extend unemployment benefits to workers who cannot work because they are quarantined, at risk for exposure, or to care for a family member with COVID-19.

More Information

We encourage members of the business community to reach out with their questions by sending a message to Secretary.Commerce@maryland.gov.

We also recommend that everyone regularly visit the Maryland Department of Health for the latest information on coronavirus and the Office of Governor Larry Hogan for updates on the state’s response to the outbreak.

Businesses that are interested in emergency operations engagement can learn more through The Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Private Sector Integration Program.

The State of Maryland is committed to helping protect the health and well-being of all Marylanders. Thank you for being our partner as we face this challenge together.