In response to the surging number of COVID-19 cases in Maryland, Gov. Larry Hogan issued a Stay-At-Home Order for all residents and visitors effective 8 p.m. on March 30.

Only those with essential jobs or those leaving the house for an essential reason, such as obtaining food or medicine, should leave their homes. Any person who knowingly and willfully violates the order can be charged with a misdemeanor and is subject to a fine of up to $5,000 and/or 1 year in prison.

The list of essential businesses largely stays the same, though non-essential businesses are no longer allowed to offer curbside pickup. Restaurants, however, may still offer take out or curbside pickup.
To read the governor’s executive order, click here.

The Maryland Emergency Management Agency recommends that essential employees who are required to travel carry a “Letter of Clearance” from their employer. The Private Sector Integration Program & Business Operation Center of the Maryland Emergency Management Agency recommends including the following information in letters:

  • The name and address of the employee
  • The name and address of the business
  • The nature of the employee’s work
  • Reasons why the employee’s work fits the definition of essential
  • The signature and contact info of the employer