Back to Business Updates and best practices for Maryland’s companies reopening in correlation with the COVID-19 outbreak.

Getting Back to Business: Maryland's Approach

Maryland is following Governor Hogan’s Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery plan, which includes a phased approach to reopening business. Under the latest executive order, the use of face coverings are required for all people in Maryland over the age of five when on public transportation; indoors at any public location; outdoors when unable to maintain six feet apart; obtaining healthcare services; and engaged in any work area where human interaction is likely or food is prepared or packaged.

The expanded order continues to provide certain exceptions, including for medical conditions. Read the FAQs regarding face coverings and also see these social gathering FAQs that answer questions about community, recreational, leisure, cultural and sporting gatherings and events.

Stages are being implemented with a flexible, community-based approach that empowers individual jurisdictions to make decisions regarding the timing of reopenings, therefore it’s important that businesses consult guidance issued by their local jurisdiction.

If you still have questions after reviewing the resources on this page, contact secretary.commerce@maryland.gov.

Safety Best Practices

As the state gets back to business, business owners are urged to adhere to best practices that ensure the safety of your workers and customers alike. Through our collective efforts, Maryland’s business community will play a critical role in protecting our citizens and preventing another surge of COVID-19 infections. 

Best Practices 

Follow these best practices for general businesses and your specific business industry. Note: Spanish translations appear in parenthesis.

Recreation, Youth Programs, and Sporting Events Directives

For additional questions, please refer to this FAQ on outdoor youth camps, sports programs, and other youth programs.

Sports

Youth Camps

All businesses are encouraged to review FAQs regarding face coverings (en español) and contact tracing, and consult with resources available through the CDC. Ongoing mitigation guidance, as well as prevention and support resources are available on the CDC’s website. All Executive Orders still in effect must be complied with. See most up to date orders. Please see here for most up to date Maryland Department of Health Orders.

Take the Maryland Strong:
Back to Business Pledge

Maryland’s business community plays a critical role in protecting our citizens and preventing another surge of COVID-19 infections. Governor Hogan is encouraging Maryland business owners to take the Maryland Strong Back to Business Pledge, and display a signed pledge in their place of business (click here for Spanish version)

Responsible business owners are encouraged to take the pledge to:

  • Create an environment that allows for physical distancing between individuals (6 feet is recommended) to the extent possible.

  • Ensure their place of business is routinely cleaned and encourage our employees to frequently wash their hands.

  • Provide flexibility to their employees, provide training and education and clearly communicate policies and procedures.

  • Reduce and disinfect as many ‘high touch surfaces’ as possible

  • Additionally follow guidance provided by the CDC, the Maryland Department of Health and their own industry.

There are four building blocks to Maryland's Recovery Plan.?? Read the plan