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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

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. On March 19, Governor Hogan issued an emergency order that allows for delivery and carry-out sales of alcohol by restaurants, bars, distilleries, and wineries, subject to local laws, and on May 29, an additional executive order permitted the outdoor service of alcoholic beverages and third-party delivery to consumers.

 

    • 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.

 

 

    • 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.

 

    • Caregivers. Providing care for children, senior citizens, or individuals with special needs at those individuals’ homes is considered an essential activity. Read the interpretive guidance.

 

    • Casinos. Governor Hogan has issued an emergency order to close all Maryland casinos, racetracks, and simulcast betting facilities to the general public indefinitely. Read the executive order.

 

    • 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.  (See also Caregivers, above.) As the State entered the first recovery stage, MSDE announced the immediate start of a transition phase for child care, expanding access to child care to include families returning to work under Governor Hogan’s latest Executive Order. Parents newly returning to work as part of the State’s Stage 1 opening of businesses can immediately access an open Essential Personnel Child Care or Essential Personnel School-Age program, recently expanded by 125 sites and ready to provide care for 21,500 more children than are being served presently. In this transition stage, all new families, not designated as essential persons under Governor Hogan’s March 25th Executive Order, accessing child care will pay tuition directly to providers. The State will extend payment of childcare tuition for all pre-recovery phase essential personnel through June 7; and beginning June 8, child care tuition will be paid by all parents directly to the provider. MSDE will ensure that there are Essential Personnel School-Age Child Care facilities available to provide care for students through the end of the school year. New child care sites must follow rigorous health and safety guidance set by MSDE and the Maryland Department of Health (MDH), and attend orientation webinar and regional conference calls. 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.

 

    • Commuting. Out-of-state travelers returning to Maryland are required to self-quarantine for 14 days. This is not expected of people who regularly commute into Maryland from an adjacent state or the District of Columbia, or vice-versa, unless such persons should otherwise self-quarantine under applicable CDC or MDH guidance, or people traveling through Maryland who made minimal contact (ie. stopped briefly for gas). Read the interpretive guidance.

 

    • 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 issued a proclamation postponing the April 28 primary to June 2. The State Board of Elections was directed to develop a comprehensive plan by April 3 for conducting the primary election in a way that maintains public confidence and trust while preserving public health and safety. The special general election for the 7th Congressional District took place on April 28, and Marylanders were strongly encouraged to vote by mail if possible. Read the governor’s proclamation.

 

 

 

    • 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.

 

    • Free and Reduced Meals. The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) applied for a federal waiver and beginning today, 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 mdsummerschools.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.

 

    • Gatherings. Social, community, recreational, leisure, and sporting gatherings and events of more than 10 people are hereby prohibited at all locations and venues, including but not limited to parades, festivals, conventions, and fundraisers. Read the updated executive order.

 

    • 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. (See also “Unemployment” below.) The Maryland Health Benefit Exchange is establishing a special enrollment period through Maryland Health Connection specifically for the coronavirus. Learn more.

 

    • 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. Governor Hogan has expanded his emergency order to require the closure of all enclosed shopping malls and entertainment venues, including bowling alleys, bingo halls, roller rinks, and amusement parks. The Governor’s Office has issued interpretive guidance for grocery stores, pharmacies, and health care providers in malls. Learn more.

 

    • Masks. Governor Hogan has issued an emergency order which will require the wearing of masks or face coverings when inside any retail establishments, including grocery stores, pharmacies, and convenience stores, or when riding any form of public transportation in Maryland. It also requires all essential retail locations to require their staff to wear face coverings, and requires those businesses to put appropriate social distancing measures in place in order to keep customers and their staff safe. The order took effect beginning Saturday, April 18, at 7 a.m. 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.

 

    • National Guard. The governor has activated the Maryland National Guard in order to carry out any necessary emergency functions, such as food distribution or other critical areas of need. As of Monday, March 16, one thousand Maryland National Guard soldiers and airmen are fully activated and another 1,200 guardsmen are in a state of enhanced readiness. Read the executive order.

 

    • 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. To meet Governor Hogan’s goal of testing all nursing home residents and staff, Col. Eric Allely, Special Safety and Compliance Officer, and his team are distributing up to 3,000 tests per day and more than 20,000 tests per week. Distribution of tests to all 227 nursing home facilities in the state is on track to be completed by the end of May. Learn more.

 

    • Outdoor Recreation. Under Governor Hogan’s May 30 Stay at Home directive, Marylanders have been permitted to go outside for fresh air and exercise as long as they are maintaining a safe distance from others. This order was recently amended to permit individual and small group sports such as golfing, tennis, and similar activities; outdoor fitness instruction; recreational fishing, hunting, shooting, and archery; recreational boating; horseback riding; and visiting cemeteries. As of May 29 at 5 p.m., additional safe outdoor activities may resume, including low-contact youth sports and outdoor activities at youth day camps, as well as outdoor pools at limited capacity. Read the amended Stay at Home directive. See guidance on outdoor recreation from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

 

 

    • 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. Governor Hogan has activated a multi-state, multi-agency operation to address outbreaks at Delmarva poultry processing plants. The state has dispatched epidemiologists to the affected areas to focus on testing support, contact tracing, occupational health, communications and outreach. In order to enhance testing capability, Wicomico County is standing up a testing site at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium in Salisbury specifically to test workers at the Perdue plant in Salisbury and the Amick processing plant in Hurlock. Learn more.

 

    • 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 pm, Maryland will move 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. UPDATED MAY 6: State Superintendent Dr. Karen Salmon announced that schools will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year. While online and distance learning opportunities will continue, the department will release ‘Maryland Together: Recovery Plan for Education,’ a comprehensive plan for long-term recovery. 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. Until further notice, all public access to state buildings, including the state house will be restricted.

 

    • 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.

 

 

 

    • 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. Governor Hogan has asked the University System of Maryland Board of Regents to keep all students off campus and finish the spring semester online. 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 June 1. Read the governor’s emergency order.