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The health and well-being of my constituents is my top priority. As we work to navigate the global pandemic of the coronavirus and the associated COVID-19 disease, I am in close communication with my colleagues at the federal, state and local levels. I will update this page with resources and answers to frequenty-asked-questions.

Business and School Closures

  • As of Friday, May 29,  Governor Hogan has expanded his "Safer at Home" advisory. It is important to note that Maryland counties and cities still have final authority on moving forward with re-openings. Under the revised order:
    • Restaurants and bars may offer outdoor dining at reduced capacity. Carry-out, curbside or delivery remain permitted.
    • Youth sports, summer camps, pools and drive-in movies can open at reduced capacity.
    • Outdoor recreation may resume
    • Social, community, recreational, leisure, and sporting gatherings and events of more than 10 people remain prohibited.
    • Manufacturing is able to resume. Retail stores, hair salons, barbers and worship services may resume at reduced capacity and mandated social distancing. Personal services must be by appointment-only. Shopping malls, gyms and movie theaters are not allowed to reopen at this time. Nail salons, spas and massage businesses must also remain closed.
  • Masks must be worn inside places of business and on public transporation.
  • Marylanders are encouraged to continue teleworking and stay home except for essential travel.
  • Marland public schools are closed for the remainder of the school year. Maryland public schools are providing meals to students while schools are shut down. Click here to find a meal distribution site in your community.
  • Childcare providers are permitted to remain open only to service the children of essential workers. Click here for detailed guidance.
  • Utilities cannot be cut off and tenants cannot be evicted.
  • A special enrollment period is now open through June 15 for uninsured Marylanders to sign up for health insurance. Click here to learn more.

Telephone Town Halls

I have hosted two live telephone town halls so far amid this crisis, joined by medical doctors, as well as state and county representatives. You can sign up to participate in our next telelphone town hall here.

On March 31, my town hall focused on the help available to families and businesses amid the coronavirus pandemic, including stronger unemployment benefits, small business relief and individual rebate checks that will be sent to low and middle-income Americans. Click here to listen to the audio stream of the March 31 event.

On March 16, my town hall focused on the virus itself and how you can best protect yourself and your family. Click here to listen to the audio stream of the March 16 event.

State and County-specific information and resources:

Information from the State of Maryland
Information for Baltimore County residents
Information for Baltimore City residents
Information for Howard County residents
Information for Anne Arundel County residents
Information for Harford County residents

Federal Response

Through legislation and executive order, the federal government is working to help Americans throughout this crisis. Click here to learn about emergency aid, tax extensions and more.

Individual Rebates

To help American families struggling during this pandemic, Congress has authorized individual rebate checks for most individuals. Everyone is eligible for the full rebate payments as long as they have a Social Security number and their household income is not too high. Click here to learn more.

Help for Workers Who Take Leave or are Laid Off

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Congress has passed legislation expanding access to emergency paid sick leave and family leave to protect workers' financial security and slow the spread of the virus. Unemployment insurance is also available to workers who have been laid off due to the outbreak. Click here for detailed explanations on benefits and eligibility as well as instructions for applying.
 
Help for Small Business Owners
 
Congress passed legislation to open Small Business Association (SBA) economic injury disaster loans to small businesses hurt by COVID-19. Since, the SBA has been coordinating with states to assist and approve requests as quickly as possible. Click here for more information.
 
Travel Advisories
 
The State Department maintains up-to-date travel advisories for those who are planning to travel outside of the United States.
 
Mental Health Assistance
 
The coronavirus outbreak may be stressful for many people, both adults and children. If you or someone you care about are feeling overwhelmed by sadness, depression, or anxiety, there are resources available. Call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration's Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text TALKWITHUS to 66746. If you feel like you may harm yourself, call 911 immediately.
 
 
About the Virus and Testing Information
 
Click here to learn more about the virus. The Centers for Disease Control has information on the coronavirus that you can find here. You can sign up for the CDC's email updates here.