COVID-19: Business Resources
The safety of Frederick County's residents, workers and visitors is of the utmost importance to Visit Frederick. We are monitoring all recommendations and updates from government officials surrounding COVID-19 and we will inform our stakeholders of relevant changes. The staff has been gathering and disseminating information, and identifying ways to urge locals and visitors to return to shopping and dining in a safe way. The COVID-19 advisory page found on the Visit Frederick website continues to be a great resource to visitors, providing up-to-date information about the reopening status, safety guidelines about social distancing and facial coverings, closings and event cancellations, and the latest travel and tourism information.
Financial Relief Resources
For resources for businesses impacted by COVID-19, please visit the Office of Economic Development website. Questions about these grant program can be emailed to the Frederick County Office of Economic Development at OED@FrederickCountyMD.gov.
STATE OF MARYLAND
The bipartisan Relief Act of 2021 was signed into law on February 15, 2021, and includes more than $1 billion in tax relief and economic stimulus for struggling families and small businesses who are suffering as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here is a summary of the Relief Act. Additional information from the Comptroller of Maryland on assistance provided by the Relief Act can be found here.
Funding is extremely limited and may ultimately result in approval on a first-come, first-served basis. The application process will be open for a limited period, and Commerce anticipates substantial interest in these programs. We encourage you to apply as soon as applications become available. Commerce will provide funding through six new programs targeting specific groups of businesses. Information on relief grant programs can be found here.
On June 2, 2021, Maryland provided the federal administration with the 30 days’ written notice required by law for opting out of the following programs—effective Saturday, July 3, 2021:
- Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), which provides an additional $300 per week
- Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation (MEUC)
- Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)
- Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
Discontinuation of Enhanced Benefits. Claimants will no longer be able to submit new applications for the federal programs after the end date on July 3, 2021. The Maryland Department of Labor (Labor) will process all federal claims received prior to July 3. If claimants are waiting to receive an eligibility determination for any of these four federal programs, the department will ensure that they receive all payments owed to them for all weeks prior to July 3 that they are determined eligible for.
Reinstatement of Work Search Requirements. Beginning the week of July 4, 2021, Labor will reinstate the standard requirement for all regular state unemployment insurance claimants to actively search for work by engaging in three reemployment activities each week. If claimants do not complete three reemployment activities each week, they may be determined ineligible to receive regular state unemployment insurance benefits. Examples of reemployment activities include submitting a job application through the Maryland Workforce Exchange, completing a workshop at an American Job Center, attending a job fair, and more. Additional employment opportunities and services can be found by visiting labor.maryland.gov/
This link from NFIB (National Federation of Independent Businesses) provides a very helpful overview of the legislation that includes information on PPP 2.0 and EIDL Advance 2.0 from the $900 billion federal pandemic relief package.
Recovery and Reopen Resources
Frederick County Government provides timely updates on its COVID-19 response where you can view charts and data about testing, cases, and hospitalizations. You can read FAQs about COVID-19 in Frederick on the County Health Department's website. Current regulations can be found here.
Maryland launches #MasksOnMayland campaign
FAQs Regarding Face Coverings from the Maryland Department of Health.
CDC Guidance and Resources (from National Retail Federation)
- Key Things to Know About COVID-19 Vaccines
- COVID-19 Vaccine Communication Toolkit for Essential Workers: Getting Started
- The National Retail Federation (NRF) has put together an Operation Open Doors Checklist, a helpful checklist to help retailers prepare to reopen.
Questions about reopening your business? FCHDBusinessInfo@FrederickCountyMD.gov or call 301-600-6200.
Recovery, Reopening and Reentry/General Guidance
- Best Practices Guidance:
- General Business
- OSHA Guidance for Takeout & Curbside: OSHA issued an alert with safety tips for restaurant, food and beverage businesses providing curbside pickup and takeout service. Also provided by OSHA is this poster listing Ten Steps All Workplaces Can Take to Reduce Risk of Exposure to Coronavirus.
- Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery: For the most up to date information on recovery plans for the State of Maryland, visit governor.maryland.gov/recovery.
Travel & Tourism Industry Guidance
Visit Frederick: "Roadmap to Recovery" which illustrates a 4 phased approach on messaging & promotion to locals and future visitors.
Industry Guidance for Promoting Health and Safety of All Travelers: The travel industry has come together, working with health and medical experts, to reach collective agreement on a core set of health and safety guidance that the industry may adapt to their businesses.