Governor Larry Hogan issued at Stay-At-Home order for Maryland, effective today at 8:00pm. If you are an essential business, and staying open, your employees are permitted to drive and work at your business. According to Michael Ricci, Director of Communications for the State of Maryland, “Employers must make the determination if they are allowed to remain open. If they do, it would be advisable for them to give their employees some kind of letter, in case the employees are stopped by law enforcement. The burden is on the employer.” If you are an essential business, it is not mandatory for a letter but advised.
For a list of essential businesses, please visit Frederick County Office of Economic Development’s (OED) website at http://www.discoverfrederickmd.com/covid-19. In addition to a listing of essential businesses, the Frederick County OED website has detailed information regarding the Federal CARES Act, a $2 trillion federal stimulus package, the MD Small Business Emergency Relief Loan Fund, MD Small Business Emergency Relief Grant Fund, MD Emergency Relief Manufacturing Fund, City of Frederick - Department of Economic Development Micro-Grant Program and the SBA Low Interest Federal Disaster Loans. A new funding opportunity was announced over the weekend, The Ogden Newspapers Community Marketing Grant to assist Frederick’s business community.
According to Jodie Bollinger, Director of Business Retention and Expansion for the Frederick County Office of Economic Development (OED), “During these times of uncertainty, our office remains open and works to provide information on available resources and programs to our business community. We are here for our business community. Now more than ever, it is important for our team to help our businesses with the challenges they face and work together for a solution.” To contact OED, email firstname.lastname@example.org.