|ORGANIZATION||PHONE||VOLUNTEERING NEEDS||IMMEDIATE MATERIAL NEEDS||HOW TO DONATE||COMMENTS|
|Addiction Connections Resource, Inc.||(443) 417-6405|
|Alzheimer's Association||443-632-9728||Please Call||Visit Website||Caring for a loved one during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak can add stress for dementia caregivers. We are here if you need us. Call our free, 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900 and visit alz.org/COVID19 to learn how you and your loved one with dementia can stay healthy.|
|Anna's House||(667) 600-2840||Volunteer Online||Donate Online|
|The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region||(410) 836-7177||Volunteer Online||N95 masks – to protect people we support who may get diagnosed with COVID-19 or for DSPs who are supporting someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19.||Donate Online|
|Army Alliance||410-838-2769||N/A||N/A||Visit Website|
|Arrow Child & Family Ministries||410-882-9133|
|Bel Air Rotary Club||240-781-6586 (COVID Helpline)||Help us spread the word on the Rotary COVID Helpline! If you know anyone that needs assistance with getting groceries or prescriptions delivered, have them call 240-781-6586.|
|Brandon Tolson Foundation||(443) 219-9840|
|Breathe 379||443-987-6227||Visit Website or Please Call||Clothing Closet) |
Mens Shirts (Polos, etc).
Meats to be frozen
Oodles of Noodles
Feminine Hygiene Products
|Visit Website||"Finding & Meeting Needs of Families in our Communities & Beyond"
While taking every precaution to ensure that our facility is clean, sanitized and procedures in place to keep extreme limited contact, The Breathe Hope Center will be open every Wednesday from 10am - 2pm with access to our Food Pantry as well as Clothing Closet (if needed) and will provide a "Grab & Go" lunch for students/children. We will also deliver to seniors (pantry items and lunches) on those days. We will also be open the 2nd Saturday of each month 12pm - 4pm.
If there are needs during other hours, please message us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/BREATHE379/) or call us at 443-987-6227.
|Charlie Riley Community Service Scholarship Foundation||(410) 638-9789|
|Chesapeake Therapeutic Riding||443-528-7793|
|Community Foundation of Harford County||443-371-6062||N/A||N/A||Click here to donate Coronavirus Emergency Funds (Choose "Help Your Neighbor Fund" or "Harford County Cares Fund"||The Community Foundation of Harford County (CFHC) announces its immediate commitment to help Harford County residents affected by the COVID-19 pandemic with two funds, both now accepting contributions towards this goal.
The “Harford County Cares Fund” supports non-profits in their work to provide services for individuals affected by the virus.
The “Help Your Neighbor Fund” funds the emergency needs of individuals and families, including rent assistance, fuel assistance and food needs.
Both funds are administered by the CFHC.
“Everyone and anyone can help by contributing to these funds,” states CFHC Executive Director Jennifer Farrell. “The funds address any and all needs arising from this terrible situation, are directed 100% towards Harford County residents, and all donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law,” she adds.
|Extreme Family Outreach||410-676-1212|
|Girl Scouts of Central Maryland||(410) 358-9711|
|Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna||(410) 638-4434||A great number of our Habitat Homeownership and Repair Program clients are seniors. We're looking for volunteers to do "wellness check" phone calls to them. If you can help, please contact John Lanigan (Volunteer Coordinator) at email@example.com for details.||Donate Online!||We’ve set up a Habitat Susquehanna Mortgage Relief Fund that we’d like to offer to any struggling Habitat household during this pandemic. The Habitat homeowners would contribute to it, too, in the same tradition we have always had of a “Hand Up, not a Hand Out.” If you're interested in donating to this fund, visit our website at habitatsusq.org and click Support Us (to get the drop-down menu) and select Mortgage Relief Fund.
If you’re making extra purchases through Amazon while stores are closed, consider adding Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna to your AmazonSmile account where 0.5 % of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases will be automatically donated to us. The website is at: smile.amazon.com .
If you would like to continue supporting Habitat Susquehanna while our fundraisers are postponed and volunteers unable to assist us in our work, please donate through our website at: habitatsusq.org/support-us/make-a-donation-2. .
|Harford Community Action Agency||410-612-9909||Click for Volunteering Info||Pasta|
Macaroni & Cheese
Family Sized Boxes of Cereal
Family Sized Fruit Juice
Instant Mashed Potatoes
Feminine Hygiene Products
Material items can be delivered to 1321-B Woodbridge Station Way
Please call Kim Neely ( 410-612-9899 Ext.2301 ) first to coordinate a drop off time as we are every busy and are short-handed. Thank you!
|Click for Virtual Food Drive|
Material items can be delivered to 1321-B Woodbridge Station Way
Please call Kim Neely ( 410-612-9899 Ext.2301 ) first to coordinate a drop off time as we are every busy and are short-handed. Thank you!
|HCAA Food Pantry: Monday, 3/23, the Food Bank will be open 9AM to 12PM as a drive thru service; however, those who are in need of emergency food can contact us https://harfordcaa.org/contact or visit our website www.harfordcaa.org for places to get food. For SNAP applications, please call our SNAP Outreach Team Member at 443-686-0020 between the hours of 8:30 am and 5:00 pm. NOTE: Our mobile pantry will be out delivering food from March 18 to March 27 . Locations are forthcoming.
HCAA Energy Assistance: Energy Assistance Services will be open on Monday, 3/23, utilizing a drop off service from 8AM till 5PM. Lobby is closed. If you would like to apply for the program or if your service is off, visit the website www.dhs.maryland.gov/benefits. For all inquiries related to MEAP, please email MEAP@harfordcaa.org.
HCAA Community Case Management: For all inquiries related to Community Case Management, please email Brit Ayers, firstname.lastname@example.org or complete the contact us form at https://harfordcaa.org/contact.
HCAA Supportive Services: Supportive Services will be open on Monday, 3/23, utilizing a drop off service from 8AM till 5PM. Lobby is closed.
|Harford County Education Foundation||(410) 322-7743|
|Harford Family House, Inc.||(410) 273-6700||Supply Closet Needs:|
• Tall Kitchen (13-gallon) trash bags
• Laundry – Bleach, Dryer Sheets
• Hand Soap
• General Cleansers – Windex, toilet cleaner, bathroom cleaner, spray cleaners like Lysol, Clorox Clean Up, etc.
Household items for the apartments
• Pot & Pan sets
• Baking pans
• Cooking Utensils including Knife sets
• Dish sets
• Clothing hampers
• Pot holders/oven mitts
• Shower curtains, bath mats, and bath linens
• Twin sheet sets
Grocery store gift cards from Klein's ShopRite, Walmart, Target
|Harford Land Trust||410-836-2103|
|Healthy Harford||443.617.2378||Visit Website||Healthy Harford is consolidating information on food access in our community to help those in need. Please visit our website to find food free meals, mobile food panty, and general food access information. In addition, we also have information on local farms and farm stores that are open, to encourage people to support our local food chain.||Visit Website||Healthy Harford is the healthy communities initiative of Harford County, dedicated to the health and wellness of the northern Chesapeake community - in mind body and spirit. Founded in 1993 as a non-profit 501c3 by leaders from UM Upper Chesapeake Health, the Harford County Health Department, and Harford County Government - Healthy Harford is a coalition of local government agencies, businesses, non profits, and citizens dedicated to improving the health of Harford County residents through education, policy changes, access to care, and a focus on social determinants of health.|
|Humane Society of Harford County||410-836-1090|
|Humane Society of Harford County||410-836-1090||N/A||Toilet paper|
Disinfectant aerosol spray
|Visit Website||We, like so many other NPOs, have had to cancel all of our upcoming fundraising events. We are anticipating a $20,000 to $25,000 loss in fundraising revenue between now and June. As we are considered an essential service, we cannot shut down. The animals will continue to come in, and we need staff here to ensure they are cared for, especially since adoptions have slowed and may cease for a period of time. So our expenses will remain static if not increase, with far less revenue coming in.|
|Inner County Outreach||443-616-9518||Please Call||Resource referrals||Donate Now, or Please Call|
|Jarrettsville VFW Post 8672||(410) 692-5414|
|LASOS Inc.||410-836-0333||N/A||Food- cereal, tuna, bread, tortillas, rice, beans, vegetables||Please Call||LASOS, Inc (Linking All So Others Succeed), in Harford County, Maryland, is a non profit organization that offers adult literacy services that include English for Speakers of Other Languages and citizenship classes; a family literacy program that incorporates a ready-by-school initiative, an at-risk youth development program that supports academic, social, and emotional success; and connect members to Harford County's network of service providers.
LASOS, Inc.'s vision is to provide critical resources needed to support integration into American society for nonnative English-speaking residents. In turn, these residents will be empowered to contribute, engage, and communicate more effectively with their families, at work, and within the community.
|Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway, Inc.||(410) 457-2482|
|MG General Harry Greene Chapter - AUSA Aberdeen||(410) 272-7289|
|Northeastern Maryland Technology Council||(410) 638-3059|
|Society of Italian American Businessmen||(410) 207-8060|
|The Greater Bel Air Community Foundation, Inc.||(443) 528-5487|
|The Salvation Army of Harford County||(410) 939-3535|
|United Way Central MD Harford County||(443) 819-3153||Help with childcare, tutoring, food prep/delivery or at home||Donate in-kind services or items||Donate: United Way COVID-19 Community Fund||Dial 2-1-1 for help. The answers you’re looking for are just three digits away. Information, community resources and referrals on a variety of health and human service issues are available with one easy call. A trusted and caring call specialist is there to answer the helpline 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The 2-1-1 Maryland United Way Helpline provides individuals and families one easy-to-remember hot line for assistance.
Agencies in need of in-kind services, donations and volunteers click here
|VolunTeen Leo||410-459-9065||Visit Website||Visit Website||Community Service for teens with a desire to good in the world. Whether the purpose is to fulfill a community service requirement for school, to support a cause, or to just gain an invaluable experience. Our mission is to create opportunities for teenagers to give back to the community.
|Welcome One Emergency Center||410-272-2229||Volunteer Opportunities Online||Paper Towels|
Snack size bags of chips
|Donate Online||Welcome One is an essential organization providing safe, emergency shelter for those experience homelessness. We have increased our hours and are open 24/7 during this pandemic.|
|Winds of Leadership||(410) 879-7822|
|Y Camp Spencer||(410) 452-5173|
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Harford County COVID-19 Update for May 8: County Playgrounds Reopen, Temporary Rental Assistance Program
BEL AIR, Md., (May 8, 2020) – County Executive Barry Glassman issued the following weekly update on COVID-19 in Harford County:
“Exactly two months ago on March 8th we reported Harford County’s first confirmed COVID-19 case. As of this morning, the Maryland Department of Health is reporting a total of 572 cases, 20 deaths and 4 probable deaths among our residents. Public health officials continue to monitor the nursing home outbreaks at Bel Air Health & Rehabilitation Center and Forest Hill Health & Rehabilitation Center consistent with Gov. Hogan’s latest directives.
At this time Harford County has the lowest number of COVID-19 cases and deaths per capita among the 11 Maryland jurisdictions with at least 500 cases, according to the Harford County Health Department. This is good news, but we must remain vigilant, and I am proud of our residents who have been following safety precautions and have surely contributed to these outcomes. I would also like to thank our local health department and all of our partner agencies that have been working behind the scenes every day, sharing information and resources to keep our citizens safe.
On Wednesday afternoon Gov. Hogan allowed for the resumption of elective medical procedures and broadened the list of permitted outdoor activities, including boating, fishing, camping, golfing and visiting cemeteries. He also allowed local governments to reopen our public playgrounds and other outdoor recreation spaces. While nearly all Harford County parks have been open throughout the COVID-19 crisis, the following day, after consulting with the Harford County Health Department, I directed all remaining county-owned outdoor recreation spaces to reopen, consistent with Gov. Hogan’s amended executive order. However, we must continue social distancing, hand washing and other procedures to maintain Harford County’s progress in slowing the spread of the virus.
Help for workers
For workers in Harford County who lost their jobs due to COVID-19 and are having trouble paying rent, today my administration is launching a temporary, emergency rental assistance program. This assistance for up to three months’ rent is funded with federal dollars and available for tenants whose employment income is at or below 80% of the median area income because of the pandemic. For details and an application, visit the county website at https://www.harfordcountymd.gov/DocumentCenter/View/15360/COVID19-Rental-Assistance-Guidelines-and-Application. If you have questions, please email our Office of Community & Economic Development at email@example.com.
Small business assistance
The first federal CARES Act stimulus passed last month including funding for counties and municipalities. A portion of the $364 million in total funds for Maryland provides reimbursement for local governments’ COVID-19 expenses and a portion is for small business relief at the local level. Larger counties with populations over 500,000 received funding directly from the federal government, but funds for smaller counties like Harford were sent to the state for release through reimbursement. Because this would slow the distribution of funds and treat smaller counties unequally, my fellow county executives and I advocated for forward funding in accordance with an approved spending plan, rather than have us wait for reimbursement. On Monday the state approved our plan and we expect to roll out our small business assistance program fairly quickly.
I understand these past two months have been stressful, and I have encouraged the governor to lift business and other restrictions as soon as possible. I am encouraged that some easing has begun as spring brings signs of new life and we head into this holiday weekend. Happy Mother’s Day, thanks & be safe.”
Governor Hogan Introduces Safe, Gradual, and Effective ‘Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery’
Maryland took early, aggressive, and unprecedented actions to contain and slow the spread of COVID-19. Thanks to these efforts, and the incredible sacrifices of Marylanders who stayed home and practiced physical distancing, we have successfully flattened and lengthened the curve.
The “Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery” has been developed based on the recovery plans issued by the federal government, the National Governors Association, and premier institutions like Johns Hopkins and the American Enterprise Institute; shaped by the expert advice of the scientists and public health officials on Maryland’s Coronavirus Response Team; and tailored to our situation here in Maryland. The result is a responsible, gradual, safe path forward for our state.
BEACON One-Stop Online Application
The Maryland Department of Labor has launched a new one-stop unemployment application to allow Marylanders to file claims for all regular benefits and all Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act benefits entirely online –
MARYLAND: 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. Governor Hogan has issued an amended executive order to close all bars and restaurants in the state, as well as fitness centers, spas, and theaters, effective at 5:00 p.m. Monday, March 16. The order allows for restaurants to continue carry-out, drive-thru, and delivery services. 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.
- Beaches. All Maryland State Park beaches are now closed. The Ocean City beach and boardwalk are also closed.
- Businesses. UPDATED MARCH 23: Governor Hogan has issued an executive order that closes non-essential businesses effective at 5 p.m on Monday, March 23. Not sure if your business is essential? Read the interpretive guidance. The Maryland Departments of Labor and Commerce have compiled resources for businesses whose daily operations are impacted by the state of emergency, including new business assistance programs and directions to apply for employee and worker assistance.
- 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.
- 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. Beginning at the end of the day on Friday, March 27, 2020, all child care programs are to be closed. During this State of Emergency, child care programs have been established by the State to serve only designated essential personnel at no cost. Eligible programs may be found on the MSDE website at earlychildhood.marylandpublicschools.org or by using the LOCATE: Child Care resource, a telephone service that is available by phone Monday – Friday at 877-261-0060 between 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM. Visit the MSDE website.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Individuals or nonprofits offering assistance should email email@example.com. 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.
- Drive-Thru Testing. Governor Hogan announced the opening of four Maryland drive-thru COVID-19 screening and testing sites. There is no charge at any of these sites. However, testing is strictly limited to Marylanders who have a referral from their health care provider and who have an appointment to be tested. Learn more.
- Elections. Governor Hogan has issued a proclamation postponing the April 28 primary to June 2. The State Board of Elections is 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 will still occur on April 28, but the State Board of Elections is directed to implement a vote-by-mail system. Read the governor’s proclamation.
- Emergency Orders. Governor Hogan’s COVID-19 pandemic-related proclamations, executive orders, and interpretive guidance is available at governor.maryland.gov/covid-19-pandemic-orders-and-guidance/.
- 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 results 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 at mydhrbenefits.dhr.state.md.us/dashboardClient/#/home, 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. Gatherings of more than 10 people, including social, community, spiritual, religious, recreational, leisure, and sporting gatherings, at all locations and venues are to be cancelled or postponed. Read the executive order.
- Hospitals. The Maryland Department of Health is advising 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. Governor Hogan has also issued an omnibus health care order that includes increasing hospital capacity, activating the Maryland Responds Medical Reserve Corps, and lifting restrictions on healthcare practitioners.
- Insurance. The Maryland Health Benefit Exchange is establishing a special enrollment period through Maryland Health Connection specifically for the coronavirus. Learn more. (See also “Unemployment” below.)
- Isolation. Refers to separating people who are sick from those who are not to help prevent the spread of an infectious disease. It lasts as long as the disease is contagious. 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.
- 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.
- National Guard. The governor directed the National Guard to move to a higher state of readiness 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.
- Nursing Homes. The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) has issued new guidance for facilities that serve older people, including restricting access to essential visits only and restricting activities and visitors with potential for exposure. Read MDH’s guidance here.
- Out-of-State Travel. No Marylander should be traveling outside of the state unless such travel is absolutely necessary. Those who have traveled outside of the state should self-quarantine for 14 days.
- Parks. Maryland State Parks are enacting enhanced measures to mitigate the risk of contact with the COVID-19 virus. Playgrounds and pavilions at state parks are closed to the public. All planned events and gatherings of groups larger than 10 people are cancelled through the end of April. Marylanders must adhere to the limit of 10 people gathering when visiting neighborhood parks and playgrounds. Learn more.
- Pharmacies. Pharmacies are essential businesses and are to remain open. The Governor’s Office has issued interpretive guidance for pharmacies and health care providers located in malls.
- Prisons. The Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services is discontinuing visits for individuals currently in infirmaries, reducing programs and movement within facilities, providing more video visitation opportunities, and requiring staff who exhibit flu-like symptoms to remain home.
- Public Health Surge. Public health surge encompasses coordinated public health preparedness and response activities including mass social distancing, transmission mitigation, risk communication and epidemiologic investigation. Learn more about Maryland’s public health surge.
- Quarantine. Separates and restricts the movement of people who have been exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick. It lasts long enough to ensure the person has not contracted an infectious disease. Learn more.
- Schools. UPDATED MARCH 25: Maryland State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Karen Salmon announced that the closure of all public schools in Maryland will be extended for an additional four weeks through April 24, 2020. At this time, it is too early to definitively say when schools will reopen, but state officials will continue to reassess the situation throughout the coming weeks. Local school systems will be communicating with their individual school communities as they move forward with implementing their plans. Visit the Maryland State Department of Education’s website here.
- 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.
- State Employees. Governor Hogan has directed the Department of Budget and Management to implement a period of mandatory telework, beginning Friday, March 13, across state agencies for all non-essential state employees. Read the Department of Budget and Management’s guidance here.
- 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.
- Stay At Home Order. No Maryland resident should be leaving their home unless it is for an essential job or for an essential reason, such as obtaining food or medicine, seeking urgent medical attention, or for other necessary purposes. This order will be enforced, knowingly and willfully violating this order is a misdemeanor. Learn more.
- Taxes. Comptroller Franchot has announced several deadline extensions for income, corporate and business tax payments. Learn more from the comptroller’s office.
- 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. Like all laboratory tests, testing for COVID-19 is a clinical decision made by a health care provider. Testing for COVID-19 may not be appropriate for everyone. Testing availability will expand as more testing supplies become available. Learn more.
- Translations. The Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives and its ethnic commissioners are translating FAQs in more than 10 different languages to assist diverse communities. View them here.
- 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. Learn more.
- Unemployment. If you are laid off temporarily due to a business shutdown as a result of COVID-19, the Division of Unemployment Insurance recommends that you file a claim for unemployment insurance. Learn more from the Maryland Department of Labor.
- 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. Read the governor’s emergency order.
Maryland’s COVID-19 Business Response
The State of Maryland has taken far-reaching and proactive steps to minimize the impact of COVID-19 across our state, including ordering state employees to telework, closing public schools, and non-essential businesses (including restaurant dining rooms, casinos and racetracks, and other businesses), and activating the National Guard to carry out any emergency functions that may be needed. State agencies including the Department of Commerce remain prepared to serve our clients in the business community.
These unprecedented measures may feel extreme or frightening, but they are necessary to slow the spread of the virus and save the lives of Marylanders.
“We are all in this together, and we will only get through this if we work together.” – Governor Larry Hogan
Find a full list of Governor Hogan’s executive orders here, and find guidance on business closures here, here and here. If “essential” or “non-essential” status is still unclear, please use this as guidance.
Business Closures & Restrictions During COVID-19
- AS OF 8 P.M. ON MARCH 30, THE STATE OF MARYLAND IS UNDER A ‘STAY-AT-HOME’ ORDER. – All those living in Maryland are ordered to stay in their homes or places of residences, except to participate in essential activities. Read the executive order.
- AS OF 5 P.M. ON MARCH 23, ALL NON-ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES IN MARYLAND ARE ORDERED TO CLOSE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC. – Read Governor Hogan’s executive order for more information. For guidance on this order, including a list of businesses, organizations and facilities which may remain open, please read the interpretive guidance here, here and here. If “essential” or “non-essential” status is still unclear, please use this as guidance. This list draws on federal guidance regarding the essential critical workforce, which can be found here.
- If you have a question whether or not your business is essential, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If you have other questions pertaining to essential or non-essential businesses, please email email@example.com, which is monitored by the Maryland Emergency Management team.
- We encourage all employers to find alternative ways to allow employees to continue working, like teleworking. We also encourage companies to find other methods to continue providing services, whether that is through remote-assistance or off-site delivery services.
- Closure of all Entertainment Venues and Enclosed Shopping Malls – This includes bowling alleys, amusement parks, bingo halls, casinos, racetracks, and other venues, and is in addition to the closure of bars, restaurants, movie theaters, and fitness centers that was previously announced. Businesses which provide drive-through, carry-out, and food delivery services may continue to do so. Read about specific closures in the executive order.
- Carry-out and Delivery of Alcoholic Beverages – Businesses that serve alcohol are now permitted to provide carry-out and delivery of alcoholic beverages. Read the executive order.
- Child Care Providers – As of March 27, all child care providers are to be closed, except those serving essential personnel. For more information on eligible programs or centers looking to reopen, click here.
- Restricted Gatherings of More than 10 People – Social, community, religious, recreation, and sporting events and gatherings of more than 10 people are now strictly prohibited in all locations and venues in Maryland. This follows updated CDC guidelines. Read more about the restrictions in the executive order.
- Businesses Not Mentioned in Executive Orders
- If your business is one that is permitted by the executive order to remain open, and you choose to do so, it is critical that you follow social distancing guidelines and effective cleaning and disinfection, and do everything in your power to prevent groups of 10 or more people from congregating in one area. Public utility, such as the need to provide food or essential supplies, must be balanced with the need to preserve public health. Guidance from the CDC for businesses is available here.
- Please know that we encourage all employers to find alternative ways to allow employees to continue working, like teleworking. We also encourage companies to find other methods to continue providing services, whether that is through remote-assistance or off-site delivery services.
- Restricted Use of Public Transportation – Public transit such as MARC, Amtrak, Metro, or bus services should be used for essential travel only. Essential travel means taking trips to work, hospitals, health care providers, pharmacies, grocery stores, banks, food distribution centers, schools, to provide care for family members, and other similar destinations. By reducing unnecessary travel, transit becomes safer for those who depend on it, especially essential healthcare workers, and for those who operate it. We encourage all employers to consider telework options where possible. Please visit the Maryland Transit Administration for specifics on essential travel and updated route and scheduling information.
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 – Ensuring 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 – Will allow 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.
Resources for Business
Below are additional resources provided by a number of federal and state government agencies that businesses may find helpful. This list will be updated as the situation develops and as new resources become available.
Financial Assistance & Taxes
- The Maryland Department of Commerce is offering three new business assistance programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic:
- Maryland Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Loan Fund – This $75 million loan fund offers no interest or principal payments due for the first 12 months, then converts to a 36-month term loan of principal and interest payments, with an interest rate at 2% per annum. Learn more.
- Maryland Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant Fund – This $50 million grant program offers grant amounts up to $10,000, not to exceed 3 months of demonstrated cash operating expenses for the first quarter of 2020. Learn more.
- Maryland COVID-19 Emergency Relief Manufacturing Fund – This $5 million incentive program helps Maryland manufacturers to produce personal protective equipment (PPE) that is urgently needed by hospitals and health-care workers across the country. Learn more.
- Please visit our Emergency Relief Fund FAQ for any questions you might have about these programs. If you have other questions or concerns about these specific questions about these funds, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Under the new federal CARES Act, $350 billion will be used to establish the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which provides loan guarantees to small businesses to assist with payroll costs for workers who are forced to stay home. Read more. A Q&A from the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship can be found here.
- Loans will be eligible for firms that meet SBA small business size standards, self-employed, sole proprietors, independent contractors (i.e., workers in the “gig” economy), and certain nonprofits including 501(c)(3)s, 501(c)(19)s, and tribal business concerns with fewer than 500 employees.
- An additional $10 billion has been added to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Emergency Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, which provides low-interest loans to companies affected by the outbreak. This is also a newly available $10,000 emergency grant through SBA.
- Governor Hogan announced on March 19 that the entire state of Maryland has received official designation for SBA assistance. Individual businesses can now apply directly to the SBA for low-interest loans through the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. Visit SBA’s website to apply now.
- The expansion of the EIDL program now includes tribal businesses, cooperatives, ESOP’s, individual contractors, sole proprietors, and private non-profits with less than 500 employees.
- When you apply, you can also request an emergency grant of $10,000. SBA will provide the grant within three days of receiving your application. You will not have to repay the grant, even if your application for a loan is denied.
- Due to high volume on their website, SBA is also accepting applications through email and fax. Download the applications online. You can email them to Ela.email@example.com or fax to 202-481-1505.
- General SBA guidance for businesses can be found here. If you need additional help navigating the SBA process, Maryland SBDC can help.
- For companies with more than 500 employees, the CARES Act provides $500 billion distributed to distressed industries, including passenger airlines, cargo air carriers, and industries related to national security. Read more.
- The CARES Act also creates a $150 billion Coronavirus relief fund for states and territories.
- $139 billion is set aside for states and is allocated based on population, using latest census data. There is a minimum of $1.25 billion per state. Maryland is expected to receive an estimated $2.344 billion.
- Local governments in jurisdictions with populations of at least 500,000 may request a direct payment from the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
- The CARES Act establishes a refundable, 50% payroll tax credit covering up to $10,000 paid per employee, including benefits from the period of March 13, 2020 to December 31, 2020. Read more.
- The CARES Act also includes support for economic development agencies and programs, including funding for the Community Development Block Grant, assistance to minority business development centers and minority chambers of commerce, several million for state arts and humanities agencies and partners, and more, to assist businesses in need. Read more.
- Maryland business and individual income taxpayers will be given a 90-day extension for tax payments. No interest or penalty for late payments will be imposed if 2019 tax payments are made by July 15, 2020. See 90-day extension for tax payments for more information, or reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
- Comptroller Franchot also extended business-related tax filing deadlines to June 1. Get additional information regarding business tax returns – including sales and use tax, alcohol tax, etc. – and income tax extensions. For even more information, visit the Maryland Comptroller’s website.
- Businesses who paid their Maryland Sales & Use Taxes for March early may request a refund of their payment by emailing email@example.com or by calling 410-260-4020.
- Taxpayers who have set up a payment through their own online banking services will need to stop that transaction through their banks. Taxpayers who have scheduled a payment through the Comptroller’s iFIle or bFile can request to have a debit from their account stopped as long as it is at least 3 days prior to the scheduled payment date. If taxpayers have individual requests for assistance, they should contact Taxpayer Services at firstname.lastname@example.org. or via email at
- The federal tax filing deadline has been moved to July 15. Learn more.
- Maryland banks, credit unions, and financial service providers are operating under precautionary measures, with increased focus on mobile, phone, and online services. If you anticipate having trouble making a loan payment, please notify your lender or loan servicing company as soon as possible to discuss your options. Early and regular communication is important. More information from the Maryland Bankers Association. And, view a list of credit unions operating in Maryland and their contact information.
Employer & Worker Assistance
- The Centers for Disease Control has issued guidance for businesses and employees.
- The U.S. Department of Labor has developed some guidelines for how companies can prepare their workplace for COVID-19 (English guide, Spanish guide). In addition, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has launched a COVID-19 website with information specifically for workers and employers. There is also information on issues relating to wages and hours worked under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
- The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) published guidance pursuant to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) for employees and employers as well as a general FAQ sheet. Please find additional implementation guidance which includes two posters – one for federal workers and one for all other employees – that will fulfill notice requirements for employers obligated to inform employees about their rights under the new law. In addition, the Wage and Hour Division released a question and answer document about posting requirements, as well as a Field Assistance Bulletin describing WHD’s 30-day non-enforcement policy.
- The Maryland Department of Labor’s Division of Labor and Industry enforces the Maryland Health Working Families Act, also known as Safe and Sick Leave, which may be useful for employees who need to take off from work due to COVID-19. Learn more about the Maryland Health Working Families Act here, or email email@example.com.
- If a business experiences a temporary or permanent layoff, Labor’s Division of Unemployment Insurance’s Bulk Claim Services can open unemployment insurance claims for all affected employees. To determine if a business is eligible, please visit Labor’s Bulk Claims Services Frequently Asked Questions page. If a business is eligible, they should contact a Claims Representative by emailing UI.BulkClaim@maryland.gov. For information on unemployment insurance qualifications, new provisions under the CARES Act as well as an updated process to apply for benefits, visit Labor’s Unemployment homepage.
- Labor’s Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning enforces the Rapid Response System, which works collaboratively with the State’s businesses and workers to minimize the impact of economic disruptions caused by layoffs and plant or business operations closing.
- Labor’s Office of Small Business Regulatory Assistance is available to help Maryland business owners find timely and effective solutions to issues, so they can go about running their companies. They can be contacted by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Maryland Insurance Administration has shared insight into Business Interruption Insurance on their website. MIA has also put together an FAQ addressing insurance-related questions about coronavirus.
- The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has issued a national emergency declaration to provide hours-of-service regulatory relief to commercial vehicle drivers transporting emergency relief in response to COVID-19.
- During these uncertain times, as businesses transition to remote work and make changes to technology, we are more vulnerable to cybersecurity attacks than ever before. To assist, CAMI is providing an incident hotline for businesses.
Licensing & Permitting
- According to the Governor’s Executive Order, 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 at least the 30th day after the state of emergency is lifted.
- Labor’s Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (O&P) is temporarily extending license expiration dates until May 1, which is subject to being extended as the response to the coronavirus situation evolves. They can be contacted by emailing email@example.com.
- Businesses that are licensed and regulated by Labor’s Office of the Commissioner of Financial Regulation can email DLFRFinReg-LABOR@maryland.gov with any questions or concerns they may have about licensing requirements.
Offers, Donations & Volunteer Resources
We have received several requests from businesses and individuals regarding resources and donations.
- Vendors wishing to contract with the State of Maryland to lease, manufacture or supply goods or services, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Donations: MEMA will accept product donations which are:
- Larger corporate donations delivered/transported by commercial carriers. Ex: 5 pallets of bottled water delivered via DHL or England, etc.
- Donations must be PACKAGED in their original packaging/shrink wrap. Ex: Boxed medical gowns or scrubs in sealed unopened sleeves in a sealed shrink wrapped box. No opened or repackaged donations will be accepted by the state.
- For businesses, please enter your donation into this database.
- For non-profits, non-government organizations, and individuals, please enter your donations into this database.
- MEMA will accept corporate services donations. Companies who wish to donate services should contact email@example.com.
- Requests: MEMA does not accept direct requests for PPEs or other items from companies. Companies should contact their local jurisdiction via the Emergency Manager Contact List, which will work with MEMA to fulfill requests.
- Volunteers: MEMA will be the point of contact for LARGE Corporate Volunteers. Those wishing to volunteer large groups of staff and or a multi-jurisdiction statewide scale should send mail to ngs.mema@Maryland.gov. Currently, the largest volunteer opportunity is the Maryland Responds Medical Reserve Corps.
- For charities or community organizations that need help, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- To find even more ways Marylanders can help, visit Maryland Unites.
- The Maryland State Police is actively engaged in our state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As they work to protect the citizens of Maryland, they will be involved, when needed, in the enforcement of the Governor’s Executive Orders.
- The state is hoping for voluntary compliance with business closures. If a need for law enforcement arises, Maryland State Police will take prompt appropriate action, in partnership with state’s attorneys and local law enforcement chiefs and sheriffs across Maryland.
- Contact will first be made with the owner or manager of the establishment. If voluntary compliance does not occur, action will be taken. That could result in the issuance of a criminal summons or warrant, or it could result in immediate arrest, depending on the circumstances in the particular situation.
- Violation of a Governor’s Executive Order declared during a state of emergency is punishable for a fine of up to $5,000 or one-year in jail or both.
- Separately, price gouging is illegal during an emergency and should be reported to the Maryland Attorney General’s office. Complaints can be filed online or over the phone. Click here for more information.
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.
Governor Hogan announced new COVID-19 business relief programs on March 23.
These resources are available through the Department of Commerce. Due to unprecedented volumes of claims, the Department of Labor has updated the process for applying for benefits. Please visit Labor’s Unemployment homepage for additional details.
The entire state of Maryland has received designation for SBA assistance.
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