COVID-19 Updates in Maryland

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect millions of Americans nationwide, many Marylander’s are looking for guidance on the next steps, and forms of economic relief. At Worcester County Economic Development, we know that you’re looking for a one-stop-shop for all things COVID-19 updates. This is why we’ve gathered Maryland’s most recent responses to the virus, as well as updates on relief programs, so you can stay up to date!

Fall COVID-19 Surge

Nationwide, COVID-19 positivity has been surging as the cooler weather hits. In a recent press conference, Governor Larry Hogan outlined a detailed update on the state’s preparedness, urging Marylanders to follow all public health protocols.

Public Health Guidance

1. Masks and Facial Coverings: Maryland’s statewide mask order remains in full effect. Under this order, all Marylanders over the age of five are required to wear face coverings inside the public spaces of all businesses across the state. When it is not possible to socially distance, face coverings are required in outdoor spaces.

2. Compliance Enforcement: In response to individuals and businesses failing to comply with the law and ordinances, the governor has urged local leaders to step up their efforts to ensure that residents and businesses are in compliance with all public health regulations.

3. Telework: Marylanders are encouraged to continue teleworking, or working remotely. Employers are urged to make every effort available to continue giving their employees this opportunity.

4. Out-of-State Travel: The travel advisory issued by state health officials has been renewed and remains in effect. Under this advisory, Marylanders are advised against traveling to states with positivity rates of 10% or higher. Anyone traveling to and from these states should get tested and self-quarantine while they are awaiting results. Marylanders are advised to avoid non-essential travel of any kind outside of the region.

COVID-19 Relief Programs

Maryland Strong Recovery Initiative
Governor Larry Hogan announced the $250 million ‘Maryland Strong: Economic Recovery Initiative,’ which will provide funding from the Rainy Day Fund to directly assist restaurants, small businesses, local entertainment venues, arts organizations, and Main Streets across the state.

Maryland Restaurants, Artists, and Entertainment Venues
As part of the $250 million economic recovery package for Marylanders affected by COVID-19, new financial assistance programs are now available to restaurants, independent artists, arts organizations, entertainment venues, and Main Street businesses across the state. Click here to learn more.

COVID-19 Layoff Aversion Funds
Governor Larry Hogan and the Maryland Department of Labor have announced additional funding is available, designed to support businesses undergoing economic stresses due to the pandemic by preventing or minimizing the duration of unemployment resulting from layoffs. The award (up to $50,000 per applicant), will be a quickly deployable benefit and customizable to the specific needs of your business to minimize the need for layoffs.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is issuing $1.68 billion in payments to agricultural producers and landowners for the 21.9 million acres enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), which provides annual rental payments for land devoted to conservation purposes. Click here to learn more.

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