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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 July 31, everyone older than 5 must wear masks inside all public buildings, including restaurants, houses of worship, gyms, casinos, stores and office buildings. Masks are also required outdoors whenever it is not possible to maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet from others.You can see details on Governor Hogan's mask mandate here.
  • As of Friday, June 5, Governor Hogan has begun "stage two" of Maryland's coronavirus recovery and has since updated his order several times. It is important to note that Maryland counties and cities still have final authority on moving forward with re-openings. Under the revised order:
    • Retail businesses may open at no more than 50 percent capacity. Shopping malls may open as of June 19.
    • Religious facilities may open at 50 percent capacity.
    • Beauty salons, barber shops, tattoo parlors, tanning salons, massage parlors and nail salons may open at 50 percent capacity and by appointment only. All personal services establishments must require staff to wear  face coverings while in areas open to the general public and areas in which interaction with other staff is likely. After providing services to each customer, staff must clean and disinfect the area in which services were performed.
    • Restaurants and bars may offer indoor dining as of June 12 at 50 percent capacity. All staff must wear face coverings. Buffets arse not permitted. Employees must clean and disinfect each table between each seating.
    • Fitness centers, gyms, aquatic centers and self-defense schools can open as of June 19 at 50 percent capacity.
    • Indoor recreation including bingo halls, bowling alleys, pool halls, roller and ice skating rinks, social and fraternal clubs (including without limitation, American Legion posts, VFW posts, and Elks Clubs) my open at 50 percent capacity. Casinos, racetracks, and simulcast betting facilities may open at 50 percent capacity as of June 19.
    • As of June 10, all child care providers may reopen, as long as they follow all health department protocols listed on the MSDE website and adhere to class size restrictions.
    • Outdoor recreation may resume. Outdoor public spaces to the general public (such as parks, sports fields and courts, beaches, dog parks, and playgrounds) may open at the discretion of local government.
  • Marylanders are encouraged to continue teleworking and stay home except for essential travel.
  • Maryland public schools are providing meals to students while schools are shut down. Click here to find a meal distribution site in your community.

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.