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 working remotely, 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.
Maryland launches #MasksOnMayland campaign
Questions about reopening your business? FCHDBusinessInfo@FrederickCountyMD.gov or call 301-600-6200.
Recovery, Reopening and Reentry/General Guidance
Small Business Health Related Requirements
FAQs Regarding Face Coverings from the Maryland Department of Health.
Visit Frederick: "Roadmap to Recovery" which illustrates a 4 phased approach on messaging & promotion to locals and future visitors.
Maryland Back to Business Website: Maryland business community leaders have developed industry-specific guidelines to help businesses as we enter this new era. These guidelines and best practices for Maryland companies will be made available on this new website. Guidance for marinas and golf courses is currently available. Additional industry sector guidance coming soon.
Cleaning and Disinfecting Community Facilities - CDC provides an Interim Recommendations for U.S. Community Facilities with Suspected/Confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Face Masks and Other Critical Cleaning Supplies - Maryland Retailers Association provides resources for supplies. Visit Frederick suggest that you work with our local distilleries for a supply of hand sanitizer and surface disinfectant.
Face Coverings, Social Distancing & Sanitation Requirements: Governor Hogan has issued an Executive Order that requires all employees and customers (over the age of 9) of retail and food service establishments, as well as public transportation, to wear face coverings beginning on April 18. Additionally, retailers must post signage at each entrance advising customers about the requirement to wear face coverings. Appropriate signage and markings to reinforce social distancing and six-foot spacing must also be displayed where any queue is expected to form. Businesses who use shared equipment, such as baskets or hand carts, must provide sanitation equipment, such as handiwipes or alcohol swabs, for individual use. Retail businesses also are required to provide employees and customers with access to clean restrooms stocked with soap and sanitizer, and must allow employees to wash their hands at least every 30 minutes.
Retail Guidance: As general guidance to consider, the National Retail Federation and Retail Industry Leaders Association created a guide about phased openings and shopping safe, called Open for Business – A Blueprint for Shopping Safe. The NRF also put together an Operation Open Doors Checklist, a helpful checklist to help retailers prepare to reopen.
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.
American Alliance for Museums published a blog post titled How to Get Ready to Open the Doors with insight about what museums may look like upon reopening.
Industry Guidance for Promoting Health and Safety of All Travelers. This US Travel Association plan was developed based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and White House guidelines: “Opening Up America Again “ and in consultation with public health experts.
US Food and Drug Administration is sharing information about best practices to operate retail food stores, restaurants, and associated pick-up and delivery services during the COVID-19 pandemic to safeguard workers and consumers.
Guidance on Best Practices for Golf Courses to reopen.
On October 2, 2020 Frederick County Executive announced a new grant program focused on outdoor heaters called "Fired Up" which is specifically to extend outdoor dining. Here is the link to the application. Restaurants/craft beverage businesses at or under 800 sq feet qualify for a smaller grant and those at 801sq ft or higher qualify for a higher grant.
New City-Based Business Microgrant Program Launches
The City of Frederick Department of Economic Development is offering a new conditional grant program utilizing funds from the Federal CARES Act to assist local small businesses impacted by COVID-19.
The City of Frederick Department of Economic Development announces the launch of a new grant program for local small businesses opening today. The COVID-19 Back In Business Conditional Microgrant Program is designed to financially assist City-based small businesses which have been substantially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and which have not previously received local assistance. Funding for this program is through the City of Frederick Department of Economic Development (DED) GROW Fund utilizing funds from Federal CARES Act through the State of Maryland and Frederick County. Awards will be made utilizing a random lottery-based system.
Applications will be taken through an online web portal starting at 9 AM today - Wednesday, September 23, 2020 through Friday, October 2, 2020 at 12 PM (noon).
Unemployment Insurance: The Division of Unemployment Insurance is housed under the Maryland Department of Labor. View a list of FAQ’s about COVID-19 and Maryland’s unemployment insurance on their website here. As of August 1, the Maryland Department of Labor announced 13 weeks of extended unemployment benefits available for eligible claimants. Under federal and state law, the Extended Benefits program is available for claimants who have exhausted both their 26 weeks of regular unemployment benefits and 13 weeks of the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) assistance. Upon exhausting both regular and PEUC benefits, MD Labor will issue written notification to all potentially eligible claimants informing them they can apply for the Extended Benefits program in their BEACON One-Stop account. If a claimant is determined to be eligible, the weekly benefit amount will be the same as the claimant received under the regular and PEUC programs.
On June 30, Governor Hogan Announces $190 Million in COVID-19 Relief for Small Businesses, Higher Education, and Nonprofit Organizations:
$45 million will be allocated to expand the Maryland Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant Fund. This program, which awards grants of up to $10,000 to businesses of 50 or fewer employees, has provided more than $40 million in funds to 4,073 applicants. These additional resources will be used to help pending applicants. NOTE: Additional funding has been allocated to the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant Fund and will become available on July 20. We are not accepting new grant applications and will continue to distribute funds on a first-come, first served basis based on the applications already received. Click here for more information.
$5 million will be allocated to the Maryland Small Business Development Financing Authority to provide financing to businesses owned by economically and socially disadvantaged entrepreneurs. MSBDFA uses include working capital, supplies and materials, machinery and equipment acquisition, land acquisition, or real estate improvements.
Emergency SBA Loans Frederick County businesses and nonprofits are now eligible to apply for emergency loans through the Small Business Administration (SBA).
Maryland Coronavirus Information for Business provides guidelines for employers, fair labor standards, information on insurance claims, opportunities for financial assistance, tax questions, and more.
U.S. Travel hosted a webinar to highlight the provisions of the CARES Act for which travel industry companies are eligible. Please see helpful resources below to better equip your business and to take advantage of the assistance available and provide guidance on how to navigate the recently passed relief package.
• View the full slide deck outlining CARES Act provisions and eligibility.
• View an FAQ about the CARES Act.
• For the full recording with slides and audio, click here.
Frederick County OED Resources for Businesses - Frederick County Business Financial Tool - Office of Economic Development has partnered with Orases to have a single tool for businesses to use to better understand what is available. This tool will be updated as loans and grants change. It has been vetted and is believed to be the most current information on interest rates, terms, borrowers requirements and eligible funding uses.