COVID-19 Updates and Resources
- Updates from Governor Larry Hogan
- April 20, 2020. Frustrated by Lack of Coronavirus Tests, Maryland Got 500,000 From South Korea Learn more »
- April 20, 2020. What Gig Workers Need to Know About Collecting Unemployment. Learn more »
- April 17, 2020. Maryland school closures extended until May 15. Learn more »
- April 8, 2020. County Partners with Maryland Department of Health to Provide COVID-19 Testing at White Oak Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program Site. Learn more »
- April 7, 2020. Former FDA Chief Scott Gottlieb Joining Maryland’s Coronavirus Response Team. Learn more »
- April 7, 2020. Governor delegates authority to local health officials to control and close unsafe facilities Learn more »
- April 2, 2020. Montgomery County Requests Personal Protective Equipment Donations for First Responders and Medical Personnel Learn more »
- April 1, 2020. County To Help Fund Hotel Rooms For Hospital Staff Amid Pandemic Learn more »
- April 1, 2020. Montgomery County Public Libraries Announces Launch of Digital Library Card, Expanded Virtual Services. Learn more »
- March 31, 2020. Montgomery County Council Approves Emergency Rescue Plan For Hospitals. Learn more »
- March 30, 2020. Governor Larry Hogan announced a “Stay At Home Directive” Learn more ». Interpretive Guidance.
- March 28, 2020. Locally Produced Hand Sanitizer Available for County’s First Responders and Employees Learn more »
- March 25, 2020. Gaithersburg-based biotech company working on a coronavirus vaccine. Learn more »
- March 25, 2020. Metro to close additional 17 stations and selected entrances amid low-ridership, need to conserve critical cleaning supplies during COVID-19 response. Learn more »
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Businesses from the Maryland Department of Commerce
- Maryland COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund Programs for Businesses from the Maryland Department of Commerce.
- COVID-19 Layoff Aversion Fund from the Maryland Department of Labor.
- Federal, State, and Local COVID-19 Policy Updates for Business from the Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation.
- March 31, 2020. Council approves emergency relief package for local employers and vulnerable residents Learn more »
- March 27, 2020. Councilmember Riemer proposes a “liquor holiday” to help stabilize the County’s restaurant sector. Learn more »
- March 24, 2020. The County Council introduces proposal for $25 million in economic support for local small businesses. Will vote on proposal on March 31, 2020. Learn more »
- March 23, 2020. Interpretive Guidance on the Governor’s Executive Order to close all non-essential business. Learn more »
- March 20, 2020. Comptroller Franchot: SALES & USE TAX NOT DUE TODAY. Businesses who paid March Sales & Use Tax early may request refund. Learn more »
- March 17, 2020. Guidance on recent business closures announced by Governor Hogan.
- Montgomery County Businessses are eligible to apply for SBA Disaster Relief Loans.
What can you do to help?
Supporting local business
“LET’S ORDER IN” FOR SMALL BUSINESS. Our restaurants, retail, hospitality and other sectors are shut down. The huge number of employees in this sector are facing a loss of income. We all have to help the businesses survive this period so they can rehire and get the economy going again. Consider ordering a daily meal from a restaurant to help them keep afloat. Many local restaurants will let you do this directly on their website, but you can also use third party apps like GrubHub, DoorDash, Uber Eats, and Postmates. The state health authorities are continuing to allow restaurants to operate on a delivery or pick up basis. If you do not want to order-in, consider buying gift certificates from your favorite local businesses now – many offer the ability to do that online.
Supporting our public health efforts
- Practice social distancing and personal protection. Learn more »
- Donate blood. According to the Red Cross, “through March 18, nearly 4,500 blood drives have been canceled due to #coronavirus concerns, resulting in over 150,000 fewer blood donations.” The U.S. Surgeon General recently said, “You can still go out and give blood. Social distancing does not have to mean social disengagement.” Find a blood drive
- Donate personal protective equipment (PPE). Items in need are: N95 face masks (unused), Surgical masks (not hand-sewn), Safety goggles, Face shields, Disposable gowns, Non-latex gloves, Hand sanitizer (unopened), and Disinfecting/bleach wipes (unopened). Contact Donations@montgomerycountymd.gov.
- Volunteer for the Maryland Responds Reserve Medical Corps
- Find other ways to volunteer
Pepco is waiving new late fees and suspending service disconnections through at least May 1 and will be working with customers on a case-by-case basis to establish payment arrangements and identify energy assistance options. Customers who may be challenged in paying their Pepco bill should contact Pepco Customer Care at 202-833-7500.
Washington Gas is waiving late fees and suspending service disconnections. Please contact Washington Gas at 1-844-WASHGAS (927-4427) or visit their E-Service portal at eservice.washgas.com for assistance.
WSSC has suspended all water service shutoffs and will also waive late fees and work one on one with customers impacted by the outbreak. Please contact WSSC at 301-206-WSSC (9772)
To file an unemployment insurance claim: visit the Maryland’s Unemployment Insurance Website or call 301-313-8000 (toll free 1-877-293-4125).