COVID-19: GBC Coverage and Response

During this time of uncertainty, the Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC) will continue to advocate for the interests of business and civic communities, share relevant and timely information, and work to harness the collective power of the business community to assist with our economic recovery.

We’ve compiled a number of resources — including updates on COVID-19-related legislation and highlighted philanthropic giving by several GBC Member companies — here to keep you up-to-date on all of the GBC’s efforts.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to GBC President and CEO Don Fry at if you feel there is anything your company can do or if there’s any way the GBC can be of assistance or benefit to you and your company.


Maryland and U.S. flagsSpecial Update on State and Federal Legislation Related to COVID-19

During this challenging time, the GBC stands ready to support your organization and to provide timely information that may be useful to you. The GBC will provide updates on COVID-19-related state and federal legislation and highlight the impacts on business.
See the latest updates here.



COVID-19COVID-19 Resources and Helpful Websites

Here are some business-related resources as well as official informational websites to help keep the Greater Baltimore business community healthy and safe during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Find helpful resources and tips here.



Open signCOVID-19 Resources: Planning for a Safe Reopening

To assist you, the Greater Baltimore Committee has compiled resources that may be useful to you in planning for a safe reopening. This information is categorized for ease of reference here.



eLearningCOVID-19 Resources: Baltimore Region’s School Opening Plans

The status of school openings, both K-12 and higher education, has tremendous influence on the economy in the region, impacting student learning and training opportunities and affecting employee availability. The GBC has compiled information from the region’s public school systems, community colleges, and public and private higher education institutions regarding their pandemic re-opening plans.


Philanthropy word cloudCoverage of GBC Member companies’ philanthropic responses to COVID-19

It’s no secret that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is affecting the bottom line for countless Greater Baltimore businesses. In times like these, we often look to members of the private sector, large and small, for guidance and support. The GBC is proud to recognize members who have pledged economic donations or relief to businesses or organizations who need it the most.
See what GBC member companies are doing to support the community here.


Dr. Leana WenNews Coverage of GBC COVID-19 Events

The Greater Baltimore Committee continues to host timely and relevant Newsmaker Speaker Series, Zoom webinars and virtual meetings throughout the pandemic.
See coverage from these events here.




Announced on June 15, 2020: Greater Baltimore Committee launches COVID-19 Business Recovery Advisory Council to help Baltimore Region’s Economic Recovery

The Greater Baltimore Committee has launched the COVID-19 Business Recovery Advisory Council to help ensure the economy of the Baltimore region and the state successfully recover from the pandemic. Mary Ann Scully, Chair and CEO of Howard Bank and Vice Chair of the GBC Board of Directors, will oversee the work of the council, which includes leading executives from the private sector in the Baltimore region.

Read more about the council here.

Press releases and media statements

Aug. 6, 2020: Cultural Institutions Coalition Letter Sent to Congressional Leaders

July 31, 2020: Letter from Regional Business Organizations to Md., D.C. & Va. Congressional Delegations regarding COVID-19 Relief Legislation

July 30, 2020: Don Fry Commentary in The Daily Record: 5G technology is Maryland’s future

July 21, 2020: Letter to Senator Ben Cardin regarding Congressional action to address economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic

April 27, 2020: Don Fry Commentary on WBAL NewsRadio: Coronavirus delayed Mayoral Race but doesn’t diminish its importance

March 30, 2020: Statement of Donald C. Fry, GBC President & CEO, regarding Gov. Hogan’s March 30 Stay-At-Home order

March 26, 2020: Statement of Donald C. Fry, President and CEO, Greater Baltimore Committee, regarding Maryland unemployment numbers

March 25, 2020: Donald C. Fry on economic impact of COVID-19 crisis on WBAL NewsRadio

March 23, 2020: Statement of Donald C. Fry, President and CEO, Greater Baltimore Committee, Regarding Gov. Hogan’s March 23 order closing all non-essential businesses

March 23, 2020: Letter from Md., D.C., Va. Business Community Urging Support for Stimulus

March 18, 2020: Donald C. Fry commends Maryland tax filing deadline extension for business tax payers

See all releases and statements

More news stories and updates

October 6, 2020 — Governor Hogan’s Renewal of State of Emergency

September 30, 2020 — Baltimore City and Visit Baltimore to Launch Safe Travel Campaign

September 17, 2020 — COVID-19 vaccine trial begins at the University of Maryland School of Medicine

September 10, 2020 — Governor Hogan Announces Acquisition of 250,000 Rapid Antigen Tests from Becton Dickinson Through Bipartisan Interstate Compact with Rockefeller Foundation

August 20, 2020 —  Kaiser Permanente: Prioritizing a psychologically healthy workforce in the time of Covid-19

Aug. 20, 2020 — FEMA Approves Maryland’s Application for Additional $300 Per Week In Federal Unemployment Benefits

Aug. 13, 2020 — PCs for People seeks retired computer and equipment donations

Aug. 8, 2020 — Executive Actions by President of the United States

Aug. 6, 2020 — Mayor Young Announces Reopening of Indoor Dining for Restaurants at Limited Capacity

July 27, 2020: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s remarks regarding the HEALS Act

July 24, 2020: Health Commissioner Amended Directive and Order Regarding Face Coverings in Public

July 23, 2020: Mayoral Executive Order Rescinding Mayoral Orders Regarding Limited Opening of Restaurants and Bars for Indoor Dining

July 23, 2020: Board of Liquor License Commissioners for Baltimore City Guidance

July 23, 2020: Baltimore County Health Department Directive and Order for Face Coverings in Indoor Public Spaces

July 22, 2020: Governor Larry Hogan’s COVID-19 Press Conference

July 22, 2020: Mayor Young Announces Temporary Suspension of Indoor Dining at Bars and Restaurants

July 15, 2020: What does the future hold for the hospitality and tourism industry?

May 18, 2020: Baltimore Sun: Baltimore City Council bill would require essential businesses pay workers premium during pandemic

April 22, 2020: TDR: Md. lawmakers to GM: Build ventilators at closed White Marsh plant

April 7, 2020: Coalition for a Second Chance: How to help with issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic

March 31, 2020: Baltimore Sun: Gov. Hogan issues stay-at-home order for Maryland to stop spread of the coronavirus

March 30, 2020: The Daily Record: Md. jobless claims soar to unprecedented levels

March 24, 2020: Maryland Reporter: All non-essential businesses must close by 5 p.m. on March 23, Hogan orders

March 23, 2020: The Daily Record: Regional business leaders urge federal stimulus package — now

March 16, 2020: WYPR: How will coronavirus impact local business?

March 13, 2020: WBAL-TV: Empty tables show sign of times at local restaurants, businesses prepare

See all GBC News