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Maryland’s COVID-19 Business Response

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

As a result of the state’s rapid pace of COVID-19 vaccinations and subsequent declines in key health metrics, Governor Larry Hogan today announced the lifting of all capacity restrictions on outdoor entertainment, art, and sports venues and indoor entertainment venues and conventions, and all remaining restrictions on indoor and outdoor dining, as of Saturday, May 15. Read the latest announcement.

Additionally, the state has removed it's statewide mask mandate, aligning with the new CDC guidance. In alignment with this CDC guidance, face coverings will still be required on public transportation, and in schools, child care and health care settings. The Maryland Department of Health has issued a public health advisory strongly recommending that all non-vaccinated individuals over the age of 2 years continue to wear face coverings in all indoor settings and in outdoor settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained. Private businesses and workplaces are free to put in place their own policies or guidance. Local jurisdictions are free to use their own emergency powers on these matters.

Have questions on face coverings? Please see an updated FAQ here.

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. 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.

For additional information, please visit the pages below:



View Governor Hogan's executive orders and interpretive guidance.


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.