STATE OF MARYLAND
STAGE THREE OPENINGS
Governor Larry Hogan today announced the beginning of Stage Three of the ‘Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery,’ For more information on reopenings: https://governor.maryland.gov/recovery/
OUTDOOR VENUES: Outdoor venues where live performances occur or motion pictures are shown outdoors may open to the general public at 50% capacity, or 250 people.
RETAIL STORES & CHURCHES: Capacity for retail establishments and religious facilities may increase from 50% to 75
CASINOS, RESTAURANTS, BARS, FITNESS CENTERS, PERSONAL SERVICES: Capacity is still capped at 50% for restaurants and bars; personal Services (barber, nails, etc.); indoor entertainment; fitness centers; and casinos.
THEATERS: As of 5 p.m. Friday, indoor theaters where live performances occur or motion pictures are shown may open to the general public at 50% capacity, or 100 people per auditorium -- whichever is less.
Executive Orders & Proclamations
Gatherings and Stay at Home Order
Amending the Executive Order on Prohibiting Large Gatherings and Events and Closing Senior Centers, and Additionally Closing All Non-Essential Businesses and Other Establishments
Interpretive Guidance for Amending the Executive Order on Prohibiting Large Gatherings and Events and Closing Senior Centers, and Additionally Closing All Non-Essential Businesses and Other Establishments
Prohibiting Large Gatherings and Events and Closing Senior Centers, and Additionally Closing Bars, Restaurants, Fitness Centers, and Theaters, and Additionally Closing Various Other Establishments
The amendment to previous executive order that closes all bars and restaurants in the state, as well as fitness centers, spas, and theater, to reduce the size of social, cultural, and community gatherings to 10 people, and require the closure of all enclosed shopping malls, as well as bowling alleys and pool halls
Interpretive Guidance for Prohibiting Large Gatherings and Events and Closing Senior Centers, and Additionally Closing Bars, Restaurants, Fitness Centers, and Theaters, and Additionally Closing Various Other Establishments
Allows for restaurants to continue carry-out, drive-thru, and delivery services, and allows for eateries in health care facilities to remain open
Interpretative Guidance Update to OLC COVID19-01
Interpretative Guidance for Businesses That May Remain Open
National Guard Activation
Closure of Casinos, Racetracks and OTB
Adjustment to the Timing of Certain Tax Deadlines and Oaths of Office
Maryland General Assembly
The end of the annual Maryland General Assembly Session was on March 18, 2020, which is moved up from April 6, 2020. This is the first time since the Civil War that there is a change to the General Assembly schedule. For more information on this past session:
Augmenting Emergency Medical Services
The emergency order to allow greater flexibility for emergency medical services personnel to augment other health care providers. This action will help bolster the state’s hospital surge plan
Fast-Tracking Lab Testing Process
Waiving Family Contributions for the Maryland Children's Health Program
Determining that Disability Services Personnel are Health Care Providers
Maryland Department of Health
Elevated Level II
LABOR & WORKFORCE
Maryland Department of Labor - Division of Unemployment Insurance
COVID-19 EMPLOYER AND CLAIMANT INFORMATION
The Division of Unemployment Insurance’s website and call centers are currently experiencing an unprecedented volume of users due to COVID-19. This may result in long wait times. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience during these uncertain times.
Please be assured that Maryland does not have a waiting week like many other states do. No matter when or how they file, Marylanders become eligible for benefits starting after the day after they separated from employment. If you are eligible, you will be paid for all benefits due.
Maryland Health Working Families Act
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. To learn more about the law, email email@example.com or call 410-767-235.
Temporary or Permanent Layoffs
If a business experiences a temporary or permanent layoff, the MD Department of Labor’s Division of Unemployment Insurance’s Bulk Claim Services can open unemployment insurance claims for all
affected employees. Businesses should contact a Claims Representative by
emailing firstname.lastname@example.org , calling (410) 767-3252, or
Maryland Insurance Administration
FAQ addressing insurance-related questions about coronavirus
Maryland Department of Human Services
Effective March 16, 2020,TCA applicants and recipients impacted by COVID-19 and any related closures such as schools, job sites and transportation may be provided with good cause for not completing assigned work requirements. Documentation is not required. This is effective as long as the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) directs Maryland schools to be closed unless otherwise stated.
If you need further assistance please call the Customer Call Center at 1-800-332-6347.
Baltimore City Department of Social Services
Expanding Alcohol Beverage, Delivery and Carryout Services
Prohibiting Price Gouging
If you observe price gouging, it should be reported to the Maryland
Attorney General’s Office at 410-528-8662, or email: email@example.com
Expanding Child Care Access
Child Care for Essential Personnel
HOUSING & UTILITIES
Prohibiting Termination of Residential Services and Late Fees
Evictions & Mortgages
Motor Vehicle Administration - Maryland Department of Transportation
To preserve the health and safety of customers and employees, all MDOT MVA branch offices and the Customer Service Center are closed. This operational change, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, is effective immediately and until further notice.
IMPORTANT CHANGES TO MDOT MVA OPERATIONS DURING CLOSURE:
***Extension of Vehicle Registration, Business Licensing and Driver’s License and ID Cards***
Governor Larry Hogan has ordered an extension of all driver’s and business licenses, identification cards, permits (including handicap parking permits) and registrations that expire or are eligible for renewal during the state of emergency. As a result, they will not expire until the 30th day after the state of emergency has been lifted.
**IMPORTANT Information from Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) for CDL customers**
FMCSA has granted a waiver for an expired Medical Examiner’s Certificate (MEC). As a result, MDOT MVA will take no action certificates expiring on March 1, 2020 through the period of the declared emergency. If your documentation expires within this timeframe, you must submit your completed form to the MDOT MVA as soon as the emergency period expires.
Completed forms can be submitted through one of the following methods:
FAX to: 410-787-7959
Email to: As an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org
Mail to : Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration Driver Services Division, Room 207, Commercial Licensing Unit 6601 Ritchie Highway N.E., Glen Burnie, Maryland 21062.
Stay up to date on the latest information from Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and visit their website.
***MDOT MVA’s eStore, self-service kiosks, and VEIP self-service kiosks are still available***
Customers may complete a number of transactions online at https://securetransactions.mva.maryland.gov/emvastore, including vehicle registration renewals, change of address, insurance compliance payments and information on flag fees. Due to staffing limitations, some services may take longer to process than usual.
**Many** of our VEIP self-service kiosks are still OPEN: Find a self-service VEIP kiosk **Please note: the Glen Burnie VEIP self-service is closed at this time**.
Our 24-hour self-service kiosk can also perform many transactions: Find a 24-hour MVA self-service kiosk
**FOR EMERGENCY MDOT MVA Business**
Customers with questions related to emergency business needs, like obtaining a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) or registering fleet vehicles needed to bring resources to Marylanders, should reach out to MDOT MVA at COVID19MVAAction@mdot.maryland.gov or 1-800-950-1682.
Changes for the Motoring Public and MDOT MVA-Related Business:
MDOT MVA is the one-stop shop for many government services. Please visit our partners for further information on how to do business with them during COVID-19.
Thurgood Marshall Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI)
On March 19, 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.
State Tolls Move to Cashless
Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) will move to all-cashless tolling statewide to limit interaction between the public and toll collectors.
Baltimore Cruise Ship Terminal
The cruise ship terminal in Baltimore City is closed, with the exception of two ships. The Carnival (all passengers disembarked on March 15) and the Royal Caribbean (all passengers expected to disembark on March 19). All crew on the Carnival have to stay on the ship. No crew have had any symptoms. No Carnival passengers had symptoms, so no testing was done prior to disembarking. No Royal Caribbean passengers have any symptoms, so no testing will be done unless that changes in next 48 hours. No confirmed cases in Maryland are linked to anyone on the ship.