News From Annapolis | May 14, 2020
Delegate Susan Krebs, District 5
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Maryland Moves from Stay at Home Order to
Safer at Home Advisory

SAFER AT HOME.  Effective Friday, May 15, at 5:00 pm, Maryland will move from a Stay at Home order to a Safer at Home public health advisory.

Marylanders, particularly older and more vulnerable Marylanders, are strongly advised to continue staying home as much as possible. Employers should continue to encourage telework for their employees when possible. Individuals who can work from home should continue to do so. Maryland citizens should continue wearing masks in indoor public areas, retail stores, and on public transportation. Additionally, Marylanders should continue practicing physical distancing, continue avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people, keep washing their hands often, and frequently sanitize high-touch areas.

LOCAL FLEXIBILITY FOR JURISDICTIONS. Governor Hogan’s ‘Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery’ provides a flexible and community-based approach which empowers county leaders to make decisions regarding the timing of Stage One reopening in their individual jurisdictions.  Read the new order here .

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. Examples of businesses that may reopen include clothing and shoe stores, pet groomers, animal adoption shelters, car washes, art galleries, and bookstores.


MANUFACTURING.  Governor Hogan announced manufacturing may resume operations in a safe manner which protects the health of employees, with guidelines encouraging multiple shifts and other safety precautions.


CHURCHES AND HOUSES OF WORSHIP.  Churches and houses of worship may begin to safely 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.


PERSONAL SERVICES.  Some personal services, including barber shops and hair salons, may reopen with up to 50 percent capacity, by appointment only and with appropriate health and safety guidelines.


‘BACK TO BUSINESS.’   Maryland’s business community plays a critical role in protecting our citizens and preventing another surge of COVID-19 infections. Governor Hogan is encouraging Maryland business owners to take the Maryland Strong Back to Business Pledge, and  display a signed pledge in their place of business
UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE

As many of aware the Maryland Department of Labor launched the online BEACON One-Stop unemployment insurance application on April 24 to offer Marylanders the opportunity to file all types of claims and weekly certifications entirely online 24/7. Unfortunately, the initial launch of the site fell short. Things seem to be back on track, as nearly 110,000 Marylanders successfully filed their claims online in the past week. My colleagues and I have continued to ask questions on behalf of our constituents, and we have offered the Department of Labor assistance in streamlining constituent cases.
 
As a result, I wanted to share with you the summary of questions and responses from Secretary Robinson's recent briefing . I believe there is a lot of value in this document. It has helped me better understand what is happening within the department and why Marylanders testified on Tuesday, May 12th, for 9 hours about their attempts to obtain unemployment benefits. 

As my office continues to work remotely assisting constituents through these troubling times. T he Department of Labor has requested we provide specific information for those who are seeking our assistance for unemployment benefits.

If you know anyone who is struggling to get answers from the Department of Labor about their unemployment benefits, please forward my email address.
Susan
STATE TAPS 20 FIRMS TO MAKE PPE: State officials have tapped 20 companies across Maryland - including 16 in the Baltimore region - to receive a total of $1.6 million in grants to help manufacture personal protective equipment, Ethan McLeod of the Baltimore Business Journal writes.

Three Carroll County companies have been awarded grant funding from the state to support their production of personal protective equipment for use during the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Carroll County Times
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