Maryland’s COVID-19 Business Response
The State of Maryland is taking proactive steps to minimize the impact of COVID-19 across our state. Based on the state’s improving health metrics, Maryland will begin to move into Stage Three of the Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery plan, with additional safe and gradual reopenings. State agencies including the Department of Commerce remain prepared to serve our clients in the business community.
The COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant Fund received additional funding on July 20. We are not accepting new grant applications and will continue to distribute funds on a first-come, first served basis based on the applications already received. The U.S. Small Business Administration has also re-opened its Economic Injury Disaster Loan program.
As businesses transition to reopening, we will share guidance, directives and best practices for Maryland’s companies at open.maryland.gov/backtobusiness. Also, learn more by watching these Best Practices for Business Reopening Webinars that are focused on Professional Services, Personal Services, Manufacturing and Construction, and Hospitality and Tourism. The webinars feature updates from officials at the Maryland Department of Health, Maryland Department of Commerce and Maryland State Police.
To help meet the increased demand of businesses reopening, the Maryland State Department of Education will expand open child care sites in Maryland. Additionally, face covering requirements have expanded to continue slowing the spread as reopenings occur across the state.
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.
The Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) has activated its Virtual Business Operation Center (VBOC) as of March 6 to address inquiries from the private sector. Businesses that are interested in emergency operations engagement can learn more through MEMA's 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.