The goal of this page is to provide you with links to several resources to help you navigate Covid-19. We will add new information and links as we are made aware of them. If you have any questions with any of the content or suggestions for additional content please contact us at Bill@dorchesterchamber.org.
There are posters and forms that can be helpful for your organization and some are required. Here is the link to our current list for you to view and download. We will print copies for free for our members. Just let us know which ones you need. If you find other signs you feel will be helpful let us know and we will get them added.
On May 27th the Governor announced we will implement the remaining portions Stage 1 of reopening the state at 5 pm on Friday, May 29th. The following is a summary of the announcement:
Group gatherings are still limited to 10 or less.
OUTDOOR DINING. Restaurants as well as social organizations such as American Legions, VFWs, and Elks Clubs will be able to begin safely reopening for outdoor dining following strict public health requirements consistent with the CDC, FDA, and the National Restaurant Association. Read the governor’s order here.
In an effort to promote safer dining and support the restaurant industry, the governor is encouraging local jurisdictions to expand the footprint of outdoor dining by allowing for the closing of streets and expanding into parking lots and public outdoor spaces.
Guidance and best practices for restaurants.
YOUTH SPORTS. Outdoor youth sports may resume following appropriate CDC guidelines including:
Guidance and best practices for youth sports.
YOUTH DAY CAMPS. Outdoor activities at youth day camps may resume under the following guidance:
Department of Health directives regarding youth camp programs.
Guidance and best practices for youth day camps.
OUTDOOR POOLS. All outdoor pools may reopen with strict safety guidelines including:
Businesses that adopt all safety guidelines are encouraged to take the ‘Back to Business’ pledge. Click here for the pledge.
SBDC has created a small business survival guide that has some good recommendations and information: Click here to review - it is updated regularly.
The most comprehensive site to visit for information for Maryland Businesses is https://businessexpress.maryland.gov/coronavirus. On this site you will find links to all the various funding options that have been established, information on all of the Governor's executive orders, videos for education and more. We will repeat some of the links below but highly recommend you visit this site for a wealth of information to help you navigate this difficult time.
The Maryland Chamber of Commerce has partnered with business leaders and statewide organizations to help launch the Maryland Business Relief Wizard for businesses to navigate federal and state financial relief programs in response to COVID-19. The “wizard” is an online tool that serves as an up-to-date, one-stop destination for businesses as they seek to navigate the many resources available to them. By visiting the wizard and answering a short series of questions, businesses will be able to quickly identify which state and federal programs they are eligible for and get directions to apply.
Unemployment rules and processing have changed and more benefits are available. Here is a link to the Maryland Department of Labor has posted videos to help explain the process, click here to access the videos.
For more information about the disease and to stay current on issues around the US and other Countries the Center for Disease Control (CDC) offers a lot of good information.
Here is a link to a list being maintained by Dorchester County Tourism for Closings/Cancellations/Changes to Operation: https://visitdorchester.org/dorchester-visitor-center-closed-some-events-cancelled/?fbclid=IwAR0aqAuvJtTJPd4ePRwGDRBI-l0AIwiWUQuDbs4DfWPwWUINlAy1AJPgG14 If you have any additions or changes to the list please reach out to the Chamber or Tourism and we will work to get it updated.
If you have any questions or suggestions for additional information for us to share with our members, please let us know. Working together as a community we will get pass this and become stronger for it.