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. Effective May 15 at 5 p.m., Maryland is in Stage One of recovery, which includes the reopening of some businesses, such as manufacturing, retail stores, and some personal services. Business owners are urged to review Governor Hogan’s Executive Order and Interpretive Guidance for more details on reopening. 

Stage One is 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.  

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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. Leaders across Maryland’s business community have assisted in developing best practices to help businesses across the state as we enter this new era in business. 

General Best Practices (for all businesses)English | Spanish 

Industry-Specific Best Practices:

All businesses are encouraged to review FAQs regarding face coverings, 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. Additional industry best practices coming soon. 

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

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