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Business Closures, Restrictions, and Enforcement

  • Under the latest executive order, the use of face coverings are required for all people in Maryland over the age of five when on public transportation; indoors at any public location; outdoors when unable to maintain six feet apart; obtaining healthcare services; and engaged in any work area where human interaction is likely or food is prepared or packaged. The expanded order continues to provide certain exceptions, including for medical conditions. Read the FAQs regarding face coverings.
  • Health officials from each county and Baltimore City are authorized to close locations that are unsafe and at risk for spreading COVID-19. Businesses, organizations and other facilities may be instructed to modify their operations or movements to comply with social distancing guidelines or ordered to close altogether. Read the executive order.
  • For a list of businesses required to remain closed, please refer to the latest executive order. If you have a question whether or not your business is allowed to reopen, please contact secretary.commerce@maryland.gov.
  • If your business is permitted to operate, it is critical that you follow social distancing guidelines and effective cleaning and disinfection. We encourage all employers to find alternative ways to allow employees to continue working, like teleworking; and other methods to provide services, such as remote-assistance and off-site delivery services. Read our best practices.

Enforcement

  • The Maryland State Police is actively engaged in our state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As they work to protect the citizens of Maryland, they will be involved, when needed, in the enforcement of the Governor’s Executive Orders.
  • The state is hoping for voluntary compliance with business closures. If a need for law enforcement arises, Maryland State Police will take prompt appropriate action, in partnership with state’s attorneys and local law enforcement chiefs and sheriffs across Maryland.
  • Contact will first be made with the owner or manager of the establishment. If voluntary compliance does not occur, action will be taken.  That could result in the issuance of a criminal summons or warrant, or it could result in immediate arrest, depending on the circumstances in the particular situation.
  • Violation of a Governor’s Executive Order declared during a state of emergency is punishable for a fine of up to $5,000 or one-year in jail or both.

Separately, price gouging is illegal during an emergency and should be reported to the Maryland Attorney General's office. Complaints can be filed online or over the phone. Click here for more information.