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“I know that there’s a lot of anxiety out there and a lot of stress. Folks are worried about what lies ahead and how we’re going to get through this. We’re all worried about our family members and our loved ones, about our communities and neighborhoods. But I want everybody in Maryland to know that if we continue to lead, we continue to work together, and if we rely on and help each other, we will get through this crisis.”

-Governor Hogan

Maryland businesses and organizations have united to support COVID-19 response efforts in their communities. Click to learn more.

HOW MARYLANDERS CAN HELP

Marylanders Serving Marylanders

Click here for COVID-19 resources from the Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism, including support for businesses, seniors, and families, and opportunities for Marylanders to give back.

Maryland Food Bank

As essential second responders, the Maryland Food Bank is working diligently to continue core operations amidst this public health crisis.

Maryland Responds Reserve Medical Corps

Volunteer today for this force of dedicated medical volunteers. Now recruiting active and retired health care professionals, medical students, and other interested volunteers.

Meals on Wheels

This organization provides support and safety-net services to seniors—a population that needs extra support during this crisis.

Red Cross

The American Red Cross now faces a severe blood shortage. Healthy individuals are needed to donate now to help patients counting on lifesaving blood.

The WHO COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund

This fund provides healthcare workers with essential resources, helps monitor the pandemic, and supports efforts to develop treatments and vaccines.

The Hogan Administration’s COVID-19 A-to-Z Resource Guide

    • Apple Screening Tool. Apple has partnered with the CDC and HHS to develop a screening tool to help users understand their risk for contracting COVID-19. Users can take the questionnaire online or by downloading the app. If you are exhibiting respiratory symptoms or feel you may have been exposed to COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider.

 

    • Bars and Restaurants. On May 27, Governor Hogan announced that the completion of Stage One of recovery would include the resumption of outdoor dining at restaurants and social organizations following strict public health requirements consistent with the CDC, FDA, and the National Restaurant Association, and effective June 12 at 5 p.m., indoor dining may resume at 50% capacity and with strict health and safety protocols in place. Bars and restaurants are open for seated service only with physical distancing between patrons. Standing and congregating in bar areas is strictly prohibited. All staff must wear a face covering while working and interacting with customers. For facilities with booths, every other booth must be closed. No more than six people may sit at a table.

 

    • Beaches. Maryland is opening closed activities at state parks, including all state beaches, for walking and exercise, as well as safe playgrounds at state parks. Marylanders must continue to practice physical distancing at beaches and other public places.

 

    • Businesses. As of Friday, June 12, Maryland has moved forward with additional reopenings within Stage Two of the ‘Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery,’ with a safe and gradual reopening of workplaces and businesses, along with additional personal services. The order requiring the closure of non-essential businesses has been lifted. The list of open businesses in Maryland now  includes manufacturing, construction, large and small retail shops, speciality vendors, wholesalers, warehouses, and offices including information technology firms, legal offices, accounting, banking and financial institutions, insurance agencies, design studios, advertising and architectural firms, and media production companies. Read the governor’s order here. The Department of Commerce has also provided Back to Business recommendations and best practices.  More business resources related to COVID-19 can be found here.

 

    • BWI-Thurgood Marshall Airport. Governor Hogan has directed the Maryland Department of Transportation to restrict access to the BWI Marshall Terminal to ticketed passengers and employees only. Exceptions will be made for visitors assisting disabled passengers. Maryland Transportation Authority Police will strictly enforce this policy. For more details on safety measures being taken at BWI, please visit the airport’s website.

 

    • Casinos. Casinos have begun to safely reopen effective June 19 at 5 p.m., at 50% capacity with strict health and safety protocols in place and subject to local regulations.

 

    • Census. Marylanders are encouraged to participate in the 2020 Census from home by responding by phone, by mail, or online at https://my2020census.gov/.

 

    • Child Care.  On June 10, State Superintendent Dr. Karen Salmon announced that all child care providers may begin to reopen, and the number of individuals child care providers can have in one room has been expanded to a maximum of 15. Visit the MSDE website.

 

    • Churches, Synagogues, and Other Places of Worship. Churches and houses of worship may begin to safely hold religious services, at up to 50 percent capacity, with outdoor services strongly encouraged. Religious leaders are strongly urged to do everything possible to keep their congregants safe, and particularly to protect the elderly and vulnerable within their congregations. Read guidance and best practices for religious services.

 

    • Contact Tracing. Maryland’s contact tracing operation has increased by 440% since its launch in April. It’s essential for Marylanders to participate in  the state’s contact tracing efforts by answering calls from ‘MD COVID,’ or (240) 466-4888. Learn more about COVIDLink and contact tracing in Maryland here.

 

    • Cruises. No passenger or crew member will be allowed to disembark at any terminal at the Port of Baltimore from any passenger vessel that has made a call at port outside of the United States since January 31, 2020. Read the executive order.

 

    • Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community. Coronavirus updates and other resources for the Deaf and hard of hearing community can be found at odhh.maryland.gov/coronavirus.

 

    • Donations. See the links in the section above to donate to reputable charities and organizations. Businesses or organizations offering capabilities, personnel, and equipment should email psector@maryland.gov. Individuals or nonprofits offering assistance should email ngs.mema@maryland.gov. UPDATED MARCH 29: Disaster relief agencies are partnering to open four locations around the state to accept donations of specialized medical equipment and some cleaning supplies to support the Maryland Emergency Management Agency and other state agencies: learn more.

 

    • Elections. Governor Hogan has directed the State Board of Elections to follow existing state law and conduct the November general election with enhanced voting options in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Every early voting center and every polling location will be open on Election Day to accommodate anyone who wishes to cast their ballot safely and in person. To ensure that every Marylander who wants to vote by mail can vote by mail, SBE will promptly send out an absentee ballot request application to every eligible Maryland voter. The state will work to promote early voting, absentee voting by mail, and voting at off-peak times as safe and efficient options.

 

 

 

    • Evictions. Governor Hogan has issued an emergency order that prohibits Maryland courts from ordering the eviction of any tenant who can show that their failure to pay rent was the result of COVID-19—for example, because of lost or reduced unemployment, or needing to care for a school-aged child—or because they are diagnosed with, or under investigation for, COVID-19. Read the governor’s emergency order.

 

    • Farms, Food Supply Chain. The Maryland Department of Agriculture is emphasizing the need for businesses involved in the state’s food supply chain to continue production. Any business involved in food distribution, production, processing, sales and supply will be considered essential, including but not limited to farms, farmers markets and food banks, food and meat processors and manufacturers, and seafood processors/watermen. Learn more.

 

    • Farmers Markets. The Maryland Department of Agriculture considers farmers markets an essential business and an important source of food for many Marylanders. The department is asking that farmers markets remain open during the current state of emergency. Learn more.

     

    • Fitness Centers. Effective June 19 at 5 p.m., fitness centers, health clubs, health spas, gyms, aquatic centers, and self-defense schools may open to the general public at 50% capacity.

 

    • Free and Reduced Meals. The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) applied for a federal waiver and has the capability to provide three meals a day, and a snack, to students impacted by the statewide closure of schools. MSDE has hundreds of meal distribution centers across the state, which can be found at mdsummermeals.org.

 

    • Food Assistance/SNAP. The Maryland Department of Human Services is expediting services for their customers. Marylanders can get information, apply for DHS programs and services, and check the status of applications online here, and by calling the DHS Call Center at 1-800-332-6347 (TTY 1-800-735-2258), available from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday.

 

    • Hospitals. The Maryland Department of Health has advised hospitals to adopt new procedures to limit visitation, including screening visitors for flu-like symptoms and allowing only one adult visitor per patient in all areas of the hospital. On May 6, Governor Hogan directed the Maryland Department of Health to issue guidance that allows hospitals and licensed health care providers to resume elective and non-urgent medical procedures. Providers must exercise their independent professional judgment in determining what procedures are appropriate to perform, which appointments should occur, and which patients to see in light of widespread COVID-19 community transmission. Read the Maryland Department of Health’s order.

 

    • Insurance. In response to COVID-19, the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange held a special enrollment period through Maryland Health Connection that ended July 15. You may still apply for coverage outside of open enrollment if you meet certain criteria. Learn more at https://www.marylandhealthconnection.gov.

 

    • Licenses and Permits. All licenses, permits, registrations, and other authorizations issued by the state, its agencies or any political subdivision that would expire during the current state of emergency will be extended until the 30th day after the state of emergency is lifted. Read the executive order.

 

    • Malls. As of June 19 at 5 p.m., Governor Hogan announced enclosed shopping malls may reopen at 50% capacity, along with bingo halls, bowling alleys, pool halls, roller and ice skating rinks, and social and fraternal clubs.

 

    • Masks. Governor Hogan has expanded an emergency order, which will require all Marylanders over the age of five are required to wear face coverings in the public spaces of all businesses across the state. The expanded order takes effect July 31 at 5 p.m. Face coverings will also be required in outdoor public areas, whenever it is not possible to maintain physical distancing. The expanded order continues to provide certain exceptions, including for medical conditions. Read the CDC guidance regarding how you can make and use homemade cloth face coverings.

 

    • Medical Reserve Corps. The governor directed the Secretary of Health to activate the Maryland Responds Medical Reserve Corps, a community-based, civilian volunteer program that helps build the public health infrastructure and response capabilities of Maryland communities. The network consists of dedicated responders who stand ready to volunteer their skills, expertise and time to support ongoing public health initiatives and assist during emergencies. Learn more.

 

    • Mortgages. Governor Hogan enacted an executive order that stops lenders from initiating the mortgage foreclosure process. Nearly 70 of Maryland’s largest banks, credit unions, mortgage lenders, state agencies, and other financial entities have collaborated to provide additional flexibility to borrowers. Learn more.

 

    • Notaries. Governor Hogan has issued an emergency order that temporarily waives the in-person requirement for notarizing documents in Maryland for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency, subject to guidance provided by the Secretary of State’s office. Read the updated guidance from the Secretary of State’s Office.

 

    • Nursing Homes. Governor Hogan has issued a series of directives to protect residents and staff at nursing homes. As of April 29, these included universal testing of all residents and staff at all Maryland nursing homes, mandatory compliance and cooperation with state strike teams, daily evaluation of residents by healthcare professionals, and development of surge staffing plans to ensure continuity of care in the event of an outbreak. Governor Hogan has also announced the beginning of safe, gradual reopening processes for assisted living and nursing homes facilities that meet a series of prerequisites, beginning with limited outdoor visitation.

 

 

    • Out-of-State Travel. Governor Hogan has directed the Maryland Department of Health to issue a public health advisory for out-of-state travel. Under this advisory, Marylanders are strongly advised against traveling to states with positivity rates of 10% or higher. Anyone traveling from these states should get tested and self-quarantine while awaiting results. This applies to personal, family, or business travel of any kind. Marylanders are advised to postpone or cancel travel to these areas until their positivity rates decline. As of July 29, the advisory applies to Florida, Texas, Georgia, Louisiana, Arizona, Alabama, South Carolina, Nebraska, and Idaho.

 

    • Personal Services. Beauty salons, barber shops, tattoo parlors, tanning salons, massage parlors, and establishments that provide esthetic services or provide nail technician services may open to the public. All customers over the age of two are required to wear face coverings, except to the extent wearing a face covering would make it impossible for services to be performed. All personal services establishments must require staff to wear face coverings, provide services on an appointment basis only, not allow the number of persons in the establishment to exceed 50% maximum occupancy, clean and disinfect the area in which services were performed after each customer.

 

    • Pharmacies. Pharmacies are essential businesses and are to remain open. The governor has issued an executive order that authorizes the state’s nearly 1,200 pharmacies to order and administer COVID-19 tests as part of Maryland’s long-term testing strategy.

 

    • Poultry Industry. In April, Governor Hogan activated a multi-state, multi-agency operation to address outbreaks at Delmarva poultry processing plants. In the months of May and June, there were no outbreaks associated with the Eastern Shore poultry industry.

 

    • Prisons. The Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services has modified its operations significantly to prevent the transmission of COVID-19, and has robust emergency plans in place designed to protect the incarcerated population, staff and their families. The Department has shut down intake, suspended visitation while making remote communication free to inmates, eliminated group programming and contact activities, and is requiring staff to undergo health screenings at all entry points. Parole and Probation staff are now on telework.  To expand on previous prioritized testing that has been done at these facilities, Governor Hogan has directed the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) to work with the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) and the Department of Juvenile Services (DJS) to conduct universal COVID-19 testing for their populations, including all staff.

 

    • Recovery, Reopening, and Reentry. After weeks of consulting with leading scientists, business leaders, and public health experts, Governor Larry Hogan has introduced the ‘Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery,’ which provides a safe, effective, and gradual approach to reopening the state as it continues to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. All Marylanders should continue to avoid crowds and gatherings, and they should continue to practice physical distancing and to take precautions to protect themselves, their families, and their fellow Marylanders. Read the plan.

 

    • Repossessions. Governor Hogan has issued an executive order that prohibits lenders from initiating the mortgage foreclosure process and prohibits the repossession of cars and trucks, as well as homes that are not considered “real property,” such as mobile homes, trailers, and live-aboard boats. Read the executive order.

 

    • Safer at Home Advisory/Stay At Home Order. Effective Friday, May 15, at 5:00 p.m., Maryland has moved from a Stay at Home order to a Safer at Home public health advisory. Marylanders, particularly older and more vulnerable Marylanders, are strongly advised to continue staying home as much as possible. Employers should continue to encourage telework for their employees when possible. Individuals who can work from home should continue to do so. Marylanders should continue taking strong precautions, including citizens should continue wearing masks, practicing physical distancing, avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people, washing their hands often, and frequently sanitizing high-touch areas.

 

    • Schools. On June 22, Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) Superintendent Dr. Karen Salmon announced that local school systems will have the flexibility to determine, in consultation with their local health officers, how they will open and which groups of students and staff will be able to re-enter school buildings. Depending on conditions in their locality, school systems may be more restrictive than the requirements outlined in the state’s recovery plan. Within the framework of local control, MSDE will set a series of guardrails for school systems to follow in order to keep students and staff members safe. Learn more from the Maryland State Department of Education.

 

    • Senior Call Check. The Maryland Department of Aging has a first-in-the-nation, free senior call check program, which provides peace of mind by checking in on seniors living at home alone. Register by calling 1-866-50-CHECK or learn more here.

 

    • Senior Centers. Senior centers closed beginning on Friday, March 13, 2020 until after termination of the state of emergency and the proclamation of the catastrophic health emergency has been rescinded. Read the executive order.

 

    • Social Distancing. The practice of preventing people from interacting closely or frequently enough to spread an infectious disease. This is the objective of limiting gatherings, encouraging telework, and closing public places. Marylanders are advised to keep a distance of at least six feet from other individuals who do not live in their household.

 

    • State Facilities. Beginning June 8, Maryland state government has begun to safely and gradually return to more normal operations. The Motor Vehicle Administration and other customer-facing agencies will begin reopening select branches to customers on a limited basis by appointment only. Staff will be required to wear face coverings and will have plexiglass dividers at each station.

 

    • State of Emergency. The World Health Organization has declared the coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic. The State of Maryland is continuing to operate under a state of emergency, and all levels of government are taking a comprehensive, collaborative approach to keep Marylanders safe.

 

 

    • Text Message Updates. To receive alerts, tips, and resources related to COVID-19 and other threats and hazards affecting or that may affect Maryland, text “MdReady” to 898211.

 

    • Testing. Maryland continues to expand its testing capacity, with a strategic stockpile of tests and a long-term strategy. Maryland has more than 220 testing sites available across the state. Visit covidtest.maryland.gov to find a site that is convenient for you.

 

 

    • Transit. Maryland’s Department of Transportation is taking action to support social distancing while still ensuring the movement of critical resources and personnel. The state is urging citizens to utilize transit for essential travel only, including emergency personnel, front-line health care workers, and anyone whose job is critical to the supply chain. To protect riders, masks are to be worn on public transportation.

 

 

    • Universities. University System of Maryland institutions will welcome students back to campus this fall in a hybrid fashion, combining at least some on-campus, in-person instruction with remote learning. Students and their families should stay tuned for updates from their respective colleges and universities.

 

    • Utilities. Governor Hogan has issued an emergency order that prohibits electric, gas, water, sewage, phone, cable TV, and internet service provider companies from shutting off any residential customer’s service, or charging any residential late fees. The order was recently extended to be effective through August 1. Read the governor’s emergency order.