COVID-19 Resources and Helpful Websites

COVID-19

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.

COVID-19 Resources: Planning for a Safe Reopening — To assist you as Baltimore prepares for Phase II, the Greater Baltimore Committee has compiled resources that may be useful to you in planning for a safe reopening.

Tips and Resources for Maryland Businesses:

Additionally, United Way 211 Maryland is available to provide assistance and information —  If you have questions about COVID-19, the United Way 211 Maryland Helpline is available 24/7 to answer your calls. Dial 211 from your phone. Or, dial 410-685-0525 (Greater Baltimore area) or 1-800-492-0618 (elsewhere in Maryland). Click here for more information. For general Volunteer Opportunities, click here.

Funds available to assist small businesses that have been impacted by the coronavirus:

The HEALS Act 

Key provisions in the Republican-proposed HEALS Act (health, economic assistance, liability protection, schools) released July 27, 2020:

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

Small Business Emergency Relief Grant Program:

The Department of Economic and Workforce Development will administer the Small Business Emergency Relief Grants Program, which will award grants of up to $15,000 each to more than 650 Baltimore County-based small businesses on a first-come, first-served basis.

Paycheck Protection Program:

The Greater Baltimore Committee will also provide updates on COVID-19-related state and federal legislation and highlight the impacts on business. See Special Update on State and Federal Legislation Related to COVID-19

Also see:


Baltimore City Websites:

–Apply for Unemployment Insurance — Call 410-949-0022
–How to get a job — Call 410-396-3009
–MOED Job Board


Counties Websites and Resources:


State of Maryland Websites:


Executive Orders & Statements:

Baltimore City

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

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


Maryland

Governor Larry Hogan’s Oct. 22 COVID-19 Press Conference

Governor Larry Hogan’s Oct. 6 Renewal of State of Emergency

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

Governor Larry Hogan’s July 29 COVID-19 Press Conference

Governor Larry Hogan’s July 22 Press Conference on Maryland’s COVID-19 Response and School Plans

Governor Larry Hogan’s July 1 Statement on $190M in COVID-19 Relief for Small Businesses, Higher Education and Non-Profit Organizations

Governor Larry Hogan’s June 3 announcement on Beginning of Stage Two of Maryland’s COVID-19 Recovery, Safe and Gradual Reopening of Workplaces and Businesses

Governor Larry Hogan’s May 13 statement on Gatherings, Reopenings of Certain Businesses and Facilities

Governor Larry Hogan’s April 29 announcement addressing COVID-19 outbreaks in poultry processing plants and nursing homes

Governor Larry Hogan’s April 24 Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery

Governor Larry Hogan’s executive order requiring use of face coverings under certain circumstances:

Governor Larry Hogan’s executive order requiring all persons to stay at home:

Governor Larry Hogan’s executive order to close all non-essential businesses:

Orders currently in effect


National and International Resources:


American Diabetes Association Resources:


Covid SuppliesHow you and your organization can help with the COVID-19 response

The GBC has been in contact with representatives for Baltimore City and the counties in the region regarding ways that GBC member companies and other private-sector organizations could assist as they respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here you can find requests and the correct contact to get more information about the request and coordinating a response. The GBC will update this information as new requests come forward.

PCs for People: PCs for People, a new nonprofit organization, funded by the Abell Foundation, is seeking donations of “retired” computers and computer equipment from the business community. This effort is in partnership with the Baltimore City Public Schools to help support their work to secure more devices to bridge the digital divide.

A certified electronics recycler, PCs for People works with businesses to safely and responsibly dispose of their excess technology by recycling, or repurposing, electronic assets and returning them to use in the local community.

PCs for People and the Greater Baltimore Committee are part of the Digital Equity Coalition, an initiative involving more than 60 organizations working to close the digital divide in Baltimore.

For more information or to donate computer equipment contact Kelly Hodge-Williams at khodgew@pcsforpeople.org or 410-207-7455.

Howard County Request: Do you have Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that you are willing to donate? Please email ppe@howardcountymd.gov.

Maryland Department of General Services (DGS) Request: The State of Maryland is seeking to fill severe shortages of specific infection-control products, healthcare supplies, and other emergency relief offers of assistance. If you have bulk amounts of personal protective equipment in stock, please indicate the type and amounts and whether this is a donation or for purchase. All equipment must meet OSHA, NIOSH, FDA, CDC or other appropriate federal standard.

If for purchase, please advise on the price per quantity and ensure you are registered through eMMA to do business in Maryland. The link to register is  https://emma.maryland.gov/

For donations, you can also send your offers of assistance as follows:

To give to an emergency fund in your county please seek out your local community foundation – many have emergency relief funds in place.  In Baltimore please visit the Baltimore Community Foundation website and support the Baltimore Evolving Community Needs Funds. View a full list of funds in communities throughout Maryland on the MPN resource page — click the Response Funds tab.


Also see:


COVID-19: GBC Coverage and Response

Special Update on State and Federal Legislation Related to COVID-19

COVID-19 resources: Planning for a safe reopening

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

Coverage of GBC Member companies’ philanthropic responses to COVID-19