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. On December 17, the governor issued an emergency order urging Marylanders to limit all travel to essential purposes only. All Marylanders who do travel outside of Maryland or any individuals who do travel to Maryland must either obtain a negative COVID-19 test result or self-quarantine for 10 days. Maryland has begun providing COVID-19 vaccines to qualified individuals in the first priority vaccination group.
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 of December 17, Governor Hogan has announced additional economic relief initiatives, $50 million for hotels and lodging businesses; an additional $30 million for bars and restaurants; and additional $15 million for entertainment venues; $5 million for rural businesses. The governor also announced $40 million to boost the state’s Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA) benefit and $40 million for Maryland health care providers.
On January 13, 2021, the first day of the 2021 Legislative Session, Governor Hogan introduced emergency legislation to provide additional support to most severely impacted Marylanders and businesses. Updates on this legislation, the RELIEF Act of 2021, will be provided when available.
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
- Licensing & Taxes
- County Resources
“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.