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NOTE: This is a rapidly evolving situation and this page will provide updates as they become available.

ECONOMIC RECOVERY

Rise Up Washington County Business Stabilization Grant

Application Period: June 1- June 15, 2020

Grants up to $10,000 are available on a first-come, first-served basis

8.9 million to be awarded

Businesses must be located within Washington County, including the City of Hagerstown

Right click to save the application onto your computer. Please ensure you are not viewing the PDF in a web browser before filling it out electronically.

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 

The purpose of this toolkit is to help business owners get the information they need in order to open, what steps should be taken to put you on the best path of success, and how to assess your business needs.

Resources for small businesses including loan applications, grant applications, and various guides to running your business during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Together We Rise Webinar Series

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Together We Rise Webinar: Guidance for Restaurants & Bars (6/2/2020)
Together We Rise Webinar: Guidance for Restaurants & Bars (6/2/2020)
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Together We Rise Webinar: Recreation Activities (6/2/2020)
Together We Rise Webinar: Recreation Activities (6/2/2020)
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Together We Rise Webinar Series: 5/21/2020
Together We Rise Webinar Series: 5/21/2020
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Together We Rise Webinar Series: 5/14/2020
Together We Rise Webinar Series: 5/14/2020

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.

Best Practices for Retail Food Stores, Restaurants, and Food Pick-Up/Delivery Services 

FDA 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.

Take the Maryland Strong: Back to Business Pledge

Maryland’s business community plays a critical role in protecting our citizens and preventing another surge of COVID-19 infections. Governor Hogan is encouraging Maryland business owners to take the Maryland Strong Back to Business Pledge, and display a signed pledge in their place of business

COMMUNITY PLANNING

ADDITIONAL REOPENINGS EFFECTIVE FRIDAY, JUNE 5 2020 AT 5PM

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 following the directives from the State of Maryland. Effective at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 5, 2020, Washington County will proceed with the additional openings listed in Stage Two of the COVID-19 Recovery Plan.
  • Reopening of Non-essential Businesses
  • Manufacturing
  • Construction
  • Large and small retail shops
  • Speciality vendors
  • Wholesalers
  • Warehouses
  • Offices
  • Information technology firms
  • Legal offices
  • Accounting
  • 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.
Employees who can telework should continue to do so whenever possible.
  • 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
As additional industries and activities begin to resume, the Maryland Department of Commerce continues to develop and issue guidance and best practices to help businesses reopen safely. These resources are available at open.maryland.gov/backtobusiness.

ALL RESIDENTS

• Stay at Home Order lifted but encourage seniors/vulnerable populations to stay at home
• All work from home unless essential
• No gatherings over 10 people
• Must wear a mask at retail stores and mass transit

RESTAURANTS & BARS

• Carryout, delivery, curbside and outdoor dining only
• Staff required to wear face coverings
• Patrons must be seated at least 6 ft. apart
• Only 6 per table, exception of same household
• No buffets
• Clean each table between seatings
• Social/fraternal clubs can open for food operations

RELIGIOUS FACILITIES

• Open to the general public but total number of persons may not exceed 50% inside occupancy according to fire code
• Appropriate distancing, masking, and safety protocols strongly advised
• Outdoor services strongly encouraged

RETAIL STORES & COMMERCIAL BUSINESSES

• Open to the general public but total number of persons may not exceed 50% inside occupancy according to fire code
• Curbside pickup and delivery encouraged
• Physical distancing, masks, and other safety precautions

MANUFACTURING

• Open for business with guidelines implemented
• Multiple shifts encouraged
• Physical distancing and safety precautions

HAIR SALONS & BARBER SHOPS

• Hair services only. Staff required to wear face coverings
• Services offered on appointment-only basis
• Total number of persons may not exceed 50% inside occupancy according to fire code
• Clean and disinfect service-area after each appointment

OUTDOOR RECREATION

• Golf courses & driving range
• Outdoor archery & shooting ranges
• Marinas & watercraft rental businesses
• Campgrounds
• Horse boarding & riding facilities
• County parks and dog parks
•Sports fields and courts
• Drive-in movie theaters
• Outdoor swimming pools
• Outdoor day camps
• Tour boats

ENTERTAINMENT VENUES

• Closed

FITNESS CENTERS

• Closed
• Outdoor fitness classes allowed for up to 10 people with social distancing

SPORTS VENUES, YOUTH SPORTS, POOLS

• Outdoor pools may reopen at 25% capacity
• Youth sports & camps may resume following CDC guidelines
• No group may exceed 10 individuals
• Maintain 6 feet of physical distance

Meal Machine Locations Map

Wear a Face Mask in Public

HEALTH & SOCIAL SERVICES

Do Your Part to Help Flatten the Curve

Stay Home – Cover Coughs & Sneezes – Wash Your Hands

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COVID-19 Update for Washington County, MD - May 29, 2020
COVID-19 Update for Washington County, MD - May 29, 2020
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COVID-19 Update for Washington County, MD - April 11, 2020
COVID-19 Update for Washington County, MD - April 11, 2020
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Washington County Health Officer COVID-19 Update #3
Washington County Health Officer COVID-19 Update #3
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Washington County Health Officer COVID-19 Update #2
Washington County Health Officer COVID-19 Update #2
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Washington County Health Officer COVID-19 Update #1
Washington County Health Officer COVID-19 Update #1
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Washington County Health Officer COVID-19 Update: May 29, 2020
Washington County Health Officer COVID-19 Update: May 29, 2020

Testing Sites in Washington County

COVID-19 testing is now available to anyone showing symptoms as designated by the CDC - Fever greater than 100.5 degrees and/or a dry cough, shortness of breath or sore throat. No appointments or referrals are needed to be tested. Testing is now available for all ages.Testing is available for all ages. Meritus Health's screening centers include:
  • 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

Washington County Enters Stage Two of COVID-19 Recovery Plan

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

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COVID-19 Joint Information Center Update: June 3, 2020

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

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COVID-19 Joint Information Center Update: June 2, 2020

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

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COVID-19 Joint Information Center Update: June 1, 2020

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:

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FAQs

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 (firemarshal@hagerstownmd.org):

  1. Their address and business name
  2. Type of Occupancy
  3. Square foot of “customer” area 
Those occupancies outside the City of Hagerstown should contact the Fire Marshal’s office covering their respected jurisdiction. In Washington County, that is The Maryland Office of the State Fire Marshal for assistance.

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

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