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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.
- Outdoor Dining– restaurants and social organizations (American Legion/VFW/Elks) may begin safely reopening for outdoor dining following strict public health requirements.
- Restaurant patrons must be appropriately distanced, with no more than 6 people seated at a table. Restaurants must use single-use disposable menus or sanitize reusable menus between each use.
- Restaurants must sanitize outdoor tables and chairs, and begin screening procedures, including daily temperature checks of staff. Masks must be worn when interacting with employees or patrons.
- Youth Sports – safe youth sports activities may resume, following CDC guidelines with limited, low contact, outdoor practices. This is specifically for skill-building drills and team-based practice.
- No group may exceed 10 individuals at any time.
- Maintain 6 feet of physical distance
- Outdoor Pools – outdoor pools may also reopen Friday with strict safety guidelines including 25% capacity restrictions and strict physical distancing and sanitization measures.
- Pool visitors will be required to sign-in and sign-out, and pools will be required to post signage warning anyone who is sick not to enter.
- Fitness center and aquatic center pools remain closed.
- Youth Day Camps – outdoor activities at youth day camps may resume with capacity limitations of no more than 10 individuals in a group and daily COVID symptom checks for camp staff and campers.
- Drive-In Movie Theaters – drive-in movie theaters are able to safely reopen.
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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.
- Walk-thru Center: COVID-19 screening is available at 24 N. Walnut St, Hagerstown, MD. The walk-thru screening center is open Monday – Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 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
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 At Governor Hogan’s most recent press conference, the announcement was made that effective today, Friday, May 29, 2020 at 5:00 p.m., the State of Maryland will allow for the reopening of multiple activities
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 At Governor Hogan’s most recent press conference, the announcement was made that effective at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 29, 2020, the State of Maryland will allow for the reopening of multiple activities
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 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says if you have moderate to severe asthma, you might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. You can take steps to protect yourself! Take
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 Did you know the virus that causes COVID-19 can spread from a person before they have symptoms? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says you can take action to slow the spread 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