Resources for Reopening

Effective today, certain businesses in Maryland will be allowed to reopen. The Talbot County Department of Economic Development and Tourism assembled a collection of resources for businesses, manufacturing, and places of worship to help them safely reopen.

Governor Hogan released his Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery outlining specifics about Stage One of reopening. Read the new order here.

The Governor is also asking employers to show employees and customers that they support a safe return to business by taking the Back to Business Pledge!

Some personal services, including barbershops and hair salons, may reopen with up to 50 percent capacity, by appointment only, and with appropriate health and safety guidelines. Check out Guidance and Best Practices for Personal Services.

As part of Maryland’s plan, Governor Hogan announced that retail stores may reopen at up to 50 percent capacity, with curbside pickup and delivery strongly encouraged, and all public health precautions in place. Examples of businesses that may reopen include clothing and shoe stores, pet groomers, animal adoption shelters, car washes, art galleries, and bookstores. Check out best practices at Guidance and Best Practices for Retail Stores.

Manufacturers may resume operations in a safe manner that protects the health of employees, with guidelines encouraging multiple shifts and other safety precautions. More information can be out at Guidance and Best Practices for Manufacturing.

Churches and houses of worship may begin to hold religious services, at up to 50 percent capacity, with outdoor services strongly encouraged. Religious leaders are strongly urged to do everything possible to keep their congregants safe, and particularly to protect the elderly and vulnerable within their congregations. More info can be found at Guidance and Best Practices for Religious Services.

The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) has developed guidelines for restaurants as they prepare to reopen. Get additional information at AIHA’s Coronavirus Outbreak Resource Center and Guidance for the Restaurant Industry.

New poster from Talbot CountyNine Things Businesses Should be Doing Now to Prepare for Reopening!

More resources can be found at:

Ten Steps All Workplaces Can Take to Reduce Risk of Exposure to Coronavirus (OSHA3994 -10 steps)  A helpful poster from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Reopening guidance for cleaning and disinfecting public spaces, workplaces, businesses, schools, and homes and useful signs from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.