Hogan Moves Forward with Completion of Phase 1 of Recovery, Maintains Local Flexibility

Today, Governor Larry Hogan held a press conference to announce the near completion of Stage One of the "Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery." “After another 14 days of continued encouraging trends, Maryland is ready to take the additional steps to complete Stage One of our gradual, safe, and effective recovery plan." said Hogan. He announced that as Maryland has reached the goal of conducting 10,000 test per day and Maryland's contact tracing operation is now…

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Harford County Uses Humor to Promote 2020 Census

The 2020 Census is happening now, and Harford County has created a few short video ads to remind residents that everyone counts when it comes to improved funding for counties. From Harford County's YouTube page:   https://youtu.be/ojd7X8J02E0 https://youtu.be/cfSzw9kPGO4 A Spanish version of this video can be viewed here. Data from the decennial census is used to determine everything from the distribution of federal funds to states and local governments for social service programs, to government…

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Frederick to Offer Jump Start Grant Program
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Frederick to Offer Jump Start Grant Program

Frederick County will offer Jump Start Business Grants designed to provide financial assistance to Frederick County for-profit businesses and nonprofit organizations, full-time farmers and Sole Proprietors (with commercial space) that have experienced significant financial loss caused directly or indirectly by the COVID 19 public health emergency. The grant application process will be open starting 7:00 a.m. on May 28, 2020 and will close 11:59 p.m. on June 5, 2020. Currently, the three grant opportunities total…

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Baltimore City to Allow Curbside Retail, Outdoor Exercise Classes

Starting Wednesday, May 27th, Baltimore City will relax restrictions on curbside retail pick-up and outdoor exercise classes. The City will create temporary pick-up and drop-off zones in commercial districts in order for customers to pick up items with ease. Other business owners may apply for a pick-up zone as well. Additionally, Mayor Bernard C. "Jack" Young announced that while gyms remain closed, outdoor exercise classes will be allowed for 10 people or less. From the…

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Howard Announces Further Lift of Restrictions

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball announced additional lifting of restrictions for retail, barbers and hair salons, as well as religious institutions. Effective Friday, May 29th at 7:00 a.m. retail, barber and hair salons will be able to operate at 50% maximum capacity with additional specific guidance for each industry. Religious institutions and gathers will be permitted to hold outdoor services up to 250 people. Retailers will be able to open at 50% of maximum occupancy,…

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Frosh, State AGs Urge Congress to Dedicate More Funds for Broadband

The National Association of Attorneys General recently wrote to Congress, asking that they help close the digital divide by dedicating more funds to state and local governments. The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the need for households to have adequate access to the internet. With telehealth, online learning, and teleworking becoming more prevalent, access to the internet is essential. Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh along with 38 other attorneys general signed on to a letter urging…

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Baltimore County to Ease Restrictions Beginning Friday

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski announced Thursday that he signed an executive order to lift some of the county's pandemic restrictions beginning on Friday at 9 a.m. This would allow for retail stores and barbershops to open at a limited capacity with certain restraints.  From Baltimore County's website: “With significant progress in expanding testing and PPE, I’m confident that Baltimore County is ready to take these next steps, and do so in a safe manner…

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Baltimore City’s YouthWorks Summer Jobs Program Goes Virtual

At least 4,000 youth and young adults to participate in YouthWorks 2020 using remote tools in a safe and virtual environment. Baltimore City Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young today announced the 2020 virtual YouthWorks summer jobs program. YouthWorks is well established as one of the biggest and best summer jobs programs in the nation, largely due to its vital public-private partnerships. The program will begin on July 13 and run for five weeks. About 4,000…

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CDC Issues “Re-Opening” Guidelines

The US Centers for Disease Control has issues a 60-page document, outlining guidelines for "re-opening" of businesses and activities amidst coronavirus concerns. The CDC document, released this week, spells out steps for schools, businesses and other facilities - both public and private - to take as they contemplate opening in the wake of virus-driven closures. Its release follows some widely reported back-and-forth about its specifics. See CNN coverage. Read the full CDC Document online.

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Hogan Lifts Stay-At-Home Order, Emphasizes Local Flexibility

Governor Larry Hogan today held a press conference to announce the commencement of Stage One of the "Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery." “The fight against this deadly disease is far from over. But because of the incredible courage you have shown and the extraordinary sacrifices you have made, Maryland and our nation can now at least begin to slowly recover" said Hogan. He announced that Maryland "has achieved the 14-day trend of plateauing and declining…

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