Maryland’s COVID-19 Business Response
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 remains in Stage Three of the Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery plan, with additional regulations added to specific businesses. The capacity at restaurants has lowered to 50 percent, as well as malls, retail shops, and more. State agencies including the Department of Commerce remain prepared to serve our clients in the business community.
As of October 22, Governor Hogan has announced a new $250 million relief package for businesses throughout Maryland. While additional funding has been allocated to the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant Fund, we are not accepting new grant applications and will continue to distribute funds on a first-come, first-served basis based on the applications we have already received. Please visit this webpage for additional financial resources.
As businesses transition to reopening, we will share guidance, directives and best practices for Maryland’s companies at open.maryland.gov/backtobusiness.
For additional information, please visit the pages below:
- Business Closures, Restrictions, and Enforcement
- Employer and Worker Assistance
- Financial Assistance
- Offers, Donations and Volunteer Resources
- Taxes, Licensing, and Utilities
“We are all in this together, and we will only get through this if we work together.” - Governor Larry Hogan
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.
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.