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Please see below for the most up to date information from the governor’s office and various state agencies regarding COVID-19 orders that impact small businesses.

Governor Larry Hogan (R) has taken the following executive actions the do the following:

  • Declares a state of emergency and a catastrophic health emergency in the State of Maryland.
  • Closes all Maryland casinos, racetracks, and simulcast betting facilities to the general public indefinitely. Does not apply to hotels adjacent to casinos.
  • Prohibits gatherings of 10 people or more.
  • Prohibits excess profits on certain goods and services.
  • Prohibits evictions of tenants suffering substantial loss of income due to COVID-19.
  • Allows municipalities to postpone elections.
  • Extends tax deadlines to July 15, 2020.
  • Prohibits the repossession of cars and trucks, as well as homes that are not considered “real property” such as trailers or boats. This order also suspends commercial and residential evictions for the duration of the order, if the tenant can demonstrate a substantial loss of income.
  • Empowers local health departments to take action against any businesses, establishments, and construction sites they deem unsafe. The local health department, working with local law enforcement, can modify operations, limit movements to and from the facilities, or shut them down.
  • Postpones the statewide primary originally scheduled for late April to June 2.
  • Orders all customers over the age of 9 to wear non-medical grade face coverings while inside retail establishment or foodservice establishment. All riders and operators of public transit are also required to wear non-medical grade face coverings. The order also requires employees at these establishments to wear non-medical grade face coverings. All retail establishments must also mark spaces at queues that are 6 feet apart; sanitize or provide customers with means to sanitize handles of carts and baskets; provide staff and customers with clean restrooms stocked with soap or sanitizer and allow staff to wash hands every 30 minutes; and to post signage at each entrance advising customers to wear face coverings.
  • Authorizes remote meetings of stockholders, shareholders, and real estate investment trusts.
  • States that no electric, gas, sewage disposal, telegraph, telephone, water, or cable television company, or internet service provider, or any company providing a combination of such services (a “Residential Service Company”), shall terminate the service of a customer if the service is used, in whole or in part, in a dwelling unit or residence. A Residential Service Company shall not bill or collect, on an account that serves a dwelling unit or residence, any fee or charge imposed for a late or otherwise untimely payment that becomes due from the date of this order.
  • Prohibits the garnishment of CARES Act recovery rebates.
  • Announces that barber shops and salons may provide services to employees of essential businesses that have remained open during the Stay At Home order and during orders that have closed non-essential businesses. Additional requirements have been mandated for salons and barber shops that reopen. The businesses may not accept walk-ins; only one customer is allowed in the establishment at a given time; facemasks must be worn by customers and employees.
  • Reopens religious facilities; retail establishments; certain personal care services; manufacturing businesses and facilities; and certain outdoor recreational activities on May 15. Each of these sectors must implement safety protocols including but not limited to implementing the CDC’s social distancing guidelines; requiring employees to wear face coverings; abiding by any Local restriction; and more. This order keeps restaurants and bars closed for on-premise dining. It also keeps fitness centers; theaters; malls; retailers in malls with no external entrance; amusement parks; bowling alleys; roller rinks; tanning salons; social and fraternal clubs; and more. Gatherings of 10 or more are still prohibited.

Regulatory Actions be compiled soon. Please check back shortly.

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