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Rise Up Washington County Business Stabilization Grant
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SUBMIT YOUR COMPLETED APPLICATIONS TO:
Washington County Department of Business Development
100 W. Washington Street, Suite 1401
Hagerstown, MD 21740
OR EMAIL: Riseup@washco-md.net
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Safety Best Practices by Industry
As the county gets back to business, our business owners are urged to continue to put people first. This means adhering to best practices that ensure the safety of your workers and customers alike. Through our collective efforts, Maryland’s business community will play a critical role in protecting our citizens and preventing another surge of COVID-19 infections. Leaders across Maryland’s business community have assisted in developing best practices to help businesses across the state as we enter this new era in business.
- Reopening of Non-essential Businesses
- Large and small retail shops
- Speciality vendors
- Information technology firms
- Legal offices
- Banking and financial institutions
- Insurance agencies
- Design studios
- Advertising and architectural firms
- Media production companies
- Real Estate
- Travel agencies
- Auto dealer showrooms
- Bank branches
- Various other offices may all safely reopen with public health and safety guidance recommendations in place. This guidance includes:
- Wearing face coverings whenever face-to-face interaction takes place.
- Conducting temperature checks for workers and other personnel.
- Limiting the proximity of employees by rotating employee hours.
- Instituting split schedules, shifts, or shorter work weeks.
- Staggering start, break, or shift times.
- Additional Personal Services Reopen - Additional personal services may resume operations at up to 50 percent capacity, by appointment only, and with appropriate health and safety guidelines.
- Nail salons
- Massage therapists
- Tanning salons
- Tattoo parlors
- Motor Vehicle Administration - The Motor Vehicle Administration and other customer-facing agencies will begin reopening select branches to customers on a limited basis by appointment only. Staff will be required to wear face coverings and will have plexiglass dividers at each station.
- Transit - With more Marylanders back to work, transit will begin to return to a more normal schedule.
- Child Care Centers - Maryland State Department of Education will continue with its gradual plan to reopen child care centers.
- Encourage seniors and vulnerable populations to stay at home
- Continue teleworking
- No gatherings over 10 people
- Wear face covering at retail establishments and public transportation
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Testing Sites in Washington County
- Drive-thru Center: COVID-19 screening is available behind Meritus Medical Plaza, at 13620 Crayton Blvd. Hours are Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and weekends from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
The Washington County Health Department in conjunction with the Maryland Department of Health and other partners will be coordinating the Hagerstown VEIP COVID-19 drive thru testing site. Patients must have a health care provider order and an appointment to take a test at this VEIP site. If you currently do not have a doctor or health insurance the Community Free Clinic and Family Healthcare of Hagerstown are accepting new patients and a sliding fee-scale for payment. The Maryland Health Connection is also holding a special enrollment period for people to sign up for health insurance.
- VEIP Drive-thru Center: The VEIP testing site is located at 12100 Insurance Way in Hagerstown. Tests will be offered on an appointment-only basis to Maryland residents who are symptomatic and at high risk for complications from COVID-19.
Daily COVID-19 Briefings
HAGERSTOWN, MD (June 4, 2020) – At Governor Hogan’s most recent press conference, the announcement was made that effective at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 5, 2020, the State of Maryland will be entering Stage Two of the Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery. Please view Governor Hogan’s Executive Order for specific information. The Washington County Board of County Commissioners announces that Washington County will be
The Washington County, Maryland Joint Information Center (JIC) provides the following update regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to receive Washington County daily briefings delivered to your inbox. EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER As businesses and community organizations begin to resume operations during COVID-19, protect yourself and others when using public transportation: • Stay home when sick • Cover your coughs and sneezes • Wear cloth
The Washington County, Maryland Joint Information Center (JIC) provides the following update regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to receive Washington County daily briefings delivered to your inbox. EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER When picking up a prescription or other medicine, please be sure you are protecting yourself from COVID-19 by doing the following: Call-in prescription orders ahead of time Try to make one trip, picking
The Washington County, Maryland Joint Information Center (JIC) provides the following update regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to receive Washington County daily briefings delivered to your inbox. EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER As additional businesses begin to open it is important to practice social distancing by putting space between yourself and others. Continue to practice healthy habits to help slow the spread of COVID-19 by:
Is Washington County following the State of Maryland’s Stage One Recovery Plan?
Yes, with no further restrictions.
Can Washington County advance to Stage Two before the rest of the State of Maryland?
No. Washington County cannot exceed the Governor’s Executive Orders.
Are Restaurants allowed to use outdoor seating?
No, at this time restaurants are only allowed to offer delivery, takeout, and curbside pickup.
Can houses of worship hold service?
Yes, they may open to the general public. Provided, however, that the total number of persons permitted in a religious facility at any one time shall not exceed 50% of that religious facility’s maximum occupancy defined from Fire Marshall. Outdoor services and social distancing measures are strongly encouraged.
Can I operate my fitness or recreation business by providing outdoor services?
Yes, gyms, outdoor recreation, and outfitter companies can offer outdoor classes and excursion of 10 or less people
Has the Stay at Home order been lifted in Washington County?
Yes, we have adopted the safer at home public health advisory. However, we strongly encourage senior citizens/vulnerable populations to stay at home.
When will be enter into Stage Two?
The exact timing is unknown. The Governor’s Roadmap to Recovery is not a calendar and is reliant on the gating metrics he set forth in the plan. Unfortunately, the virus dictates the speed at which the State can move.
Are playgrounds, dog parks, and park facilities open?
Yes, at this time they are open.
Is the landfill open?
Yes, the Washington County Landfill is open.
Can nail salons reopen in Washington County?
No. Section IV, Section g.1.4 in Governor’s Executive Order # 20-05-13-01, “establishments that provide esthetic services or provide nail technician services (as described in Title 5 of the Business Occupations Article of the Maryland Code).
Is the MVA Open?
No, the MVA remains closed.
Can I have a gathering of more than 10 people?
No. Section II in Governor’s Executive Order # 20-05-13-01 titled “Gatherings larger than 10 persons prohibited”.
The Governor’s Order allows me to open at 50% occupancy, how do I get my business Occupancy number?
For businesses located in the City of Hagerstown, City Fire Marshal Doug DeHaven asks that businesses located in the City of Hagerstown have the following information available when they call (301-790-2476) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org):
- Their address and business name
- Type of Occupancy
- Square foot of “customer” area
If I have a business where I can host a class or consultation outside, while not having a gathering larger than 10, can I do so? Waiting on answer