Important Community Information & Resources
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SNAP Program Expands to Online Grocery Purchases, Curbside Pickup, and Delivery Starting May 27, 2020

The Maryland Department of Human Services (DHS) has announced that it has secured approval from the USDA Food and Nutrition Service to expedite online grocery purchases for food insecure Marylanders. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP as it’s commonly known, helps low-income households buy the food they need. This accelerated timeline will provide SNAP households in Maryland with the opportunity to purchase groceries online from approved USDA retailers at no additional cost.

The SNAP program plays a critical role in responding to vulnerable people who need food assistance, particularly during a crisis like the present COVID-19 pandemic. Allowing SNAP households to purchase food online will increase participation in the recommended public health practices and help mitigate the risks associated with exposure to the Coronavirus across Maryland. Approval of this request will also have a positive impact on Maryland households that might not have the ability to make SNAP purchases in person during this public health crisis, such as individuals with disabilities, those with chronic health conditions, and people who are required to self-quarantine due to exposure to COVID-19.

The Department of Human Services secured commitments from several major online retailers that are approved by the USDA, to ensure online SNAP becomes available to Marylanders as soon as possible. ShopRite, Amazon, and Walmart have waived delivery and servicing fees to enable SNAP households in Maryland to purchase eligible grocery items online. DHS continues to pursue opportunities with other potential retailers that have the capacity to provide online purchasing and meet the USDA’s retailer requirements, so as to expand available resources.

Online SNAP purchasing will be piloted by participating retailers in smaller geographic locations around the state on May 27, and will then be available to customers statewide on May 28. The process will function similar to the way a credit or bank card transaction occurs — SNAP recipients will be prompted to enter their EBT card details at checkout, along with the Personal Identification Number (PIN) associated with their card.
If you or someone you know needs legal advice, call 410-690-8128.
The Maryland Courts are expected to reopen June 8th .
Be prepared, know your rights!
Stage One of Reopening:
Resources for Businesses

Governor Hogan announced that certain businesses in Maryland will be allowed to reopen. The Talbot County Department of Economic Development and Tourism has assembled a collection of resources for businesses, manufacturing, and places of worship to help prepare.

<Click on all  RED  text below for links>

See Governor Hogan’s  Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery  for specifics about Stage One of reopening.  Read the new order here .

Take the Back to Business Pledge!  – Show your employees and customers that you support a safe return to business.

Guidance and Best Practices for Personal Services  - 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.
Guidance and Best Practices for Retail Stores  - 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. E xamples of businesses that may reopen include clothing and shoe stores, pet groomers, animal adoption shelters, car washes, art galleries, and bookstores.
Guidance and Best Practices for Manufacturing  - Governor Hogan announced manufacturers may resume operations in a safe manner that protects the health of employees, with guidelines encouraging multiple shifts and other safety precautions.
Guidance and Best Practices for Religious Services  - 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.
Guidance for the Restaurant Industry  - American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) has developed guidelines for restaurants as they prepare to reopen. Get additional resources at AIHA’s  Coronavirus Outbreak Resource Center .
Workplace Poster!   OSHA3994 -10 Steps   All Workplaces Can Take to Reduce Risk of Exposure to Coronavirus – Attached is a helpful poster from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
New Guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -  Reopening guidance for cleaning and disinfecting public spaces, workplaces, businesses, schools, and homes.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has also produced   useful signs  i n multiple languages to help you establish and enforce standards for protection. All materials are free for download.
For more information, visit us at . To learn about Talbot County’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, visit .
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