Stage Three of Recovery – effective September 4, 2020
As stated on the Maryland Back to Business site , “Maryland is following , which includes a phased approach to reopening business. Under the , Maryland will begin to move into Stage Three with additional safe and gradual reopenings, including indoor theaters and outdoor venues with specific restrictions in place. The use of face coverings continue to be required for all people in Maryland over the age of five in public places and elsewhere across the state. Please (en español).
Stages are being implemented with a flexible, community-based approach that empowers individual jurisdictions to make decisions regarding the timing of reopenings, therefore it’s important that businesses consult Click here for more information on the status of counties moving into State Three.).” (
The limit of no more than 10 people in social gatherings has been lifted. As of June 10, 2020, “It is strongly recommended that all Marylanders continue to follow the most current guidance from CDC and MDH regarding social distancing, including, without limitation, avoidance of large gatherings and crowded places.” Click the following link to view FAQs regarding Social Gatherings, including those held at licensed food service establishments.
We are seeking clarification from the state on the Amended Directive below that prohibits convention events until further notice. A memo provided by MHLA’s lobbying firm, the Law Offices of Frank D. Boston, III, provides an analysis of the Executive Orders and Directives issues through July 6, 2020, is posted in the Members Area of our website under Legislation & Compliance Updates.
The following Guidance has been provided by the Maryland Department of Health:
- (Amended) Directive and Order Regarding Community, Recreational, Leisure, Cultural and Sporting Gatherings and Events (Replacing No. MDH 2020-06-10-02, and prohibiting convention events until further notice.)
- Directive and Order Regarding Food Service Establishments and COVID-19 Food Safety Guidance and FAQ (updated 5/29/20)
- Amended Directive and Order Regarding Swimming Pools
Hotels are encouraged to visit Maryland’s Back to Business webpage for specific industry guidance. Safety Best Practices for Accommodations, Restaurants and Bars, Golf, Retail, Fitness Centers, Swimming Pools and other business segments may be downloaded from this page.
Additionally, Governor Hogan is encouraging Maryland business owners to take the Maryland Strong Back to Business Pledge, and display a signed pledge in your place of business. The pledge includes a commitment to follow industry best practices.
“Safe Stay” Initiative
MHLA has endorsed the national “Safe Stay” initiative (updated 6-4-20), which has been reviewed by the CDC and was developed with input from major brands and industry leaders as well as subject matter experts.
Face Covering Requirements at Hotels
Effective July 31, 2020, at 5:00 P.M., all persons in Maryland over the age of 5 must wear masks or face coverings when visiting the public spaces of all businesses (including hotels) as well as outdoor public areas. Click here to read Executive Order 20-07-29-01.
Out-of-State Travel Advisory
Effective July 29, 2020, an Out-of-State Travel Advisory encourages “out-of-state visitors to be tested within 72 hours prior to arrival and to cancel
travel if they receive a positive result. Visitors waiting for their test results should stay at home between the time of their test and their arrival in Maryland or to self-quarantine at their hotel…. Essential workers, as previously referenced in the Governor’s Office of Legal Counsel’s COVID-19-04 Interpretative Guidance, are exempt from the quarantine recommendation if they are returning or traveling to Maryland to perform essential work, as well as employee commuters who leave/enter the state on a daily basis and have work-based COVID-19 screening procedures.”
Resources from MHLA Partners & Allied Members
General Information – Best Practices, Webinars & Other Relevant COVID-19 Related Topics
- Visit https://www.ahla.com/covid-19-resource-center for COVID-19 webinars, federal legislative updates, industry stats, and more from our national partner, the American Hotel & Lodging Association
- HR Guidance & Best Practices Webinar – provided by Heartland Payment Systems
- Enhanced Safety Training – provided by HSS (Hospitality Staffing Solutions)
- Information on meeting technology / best practices for live meetings, virtual meetings and more: MeetSAFE Playbook & MeetSAFE Guidelines, as well as How to Present Professionally from Home. – provided by PSAV
- Contactless Parking and Camera Pay for Hospitality. -offered by Premium Parking. Learn more.
Cleaning and Disinfecting
- Cleaning / Disinfecting Guidelines – provided by Ecolab
- Spray Disinfection Service – provided by Ecolab Pest Elimination. If interested contact the Ecolab Pest Customer Service Center by calling 800-325-1671 and request contact from the local manager.
- Multiple Disinfecting Options – provided by BMS CAT You may contact Hal Hocking by email at email@example.com or by calling (240) 460-4813 to schedule an evaluation.
- COVID-19 Deep Clean for Hotels – provided by HSS (Hospitality Staffing Solutions)
General Operation / Inspections
- Complimentary Hotel Reopening Inspections – provided by Triple Crown Construction
- Free PTAC/HVAC Tune-ups – provided by Star Energy and paid for by Potomac Edison. **This service is only available to those in Potomac Edison service areas.**
- Indoor Air Quality Assessment– provided by Trane. The CDC and ASHRAE have provided guidelines for addressing indoor air quality in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic that addresses four major areas. Trane Maryland provides a comprehensive assessment and recommendations on how to meet CDC and ASHRAE guidelines.
- Installation of barriers, air purifiers with HVAC systems, and touchless faucets – provided by EMR Co. Contact your local branch for details.
Cost Saving Resources
- Hotels may contact utilities directly to request deferred payment plans. Click the following link for contact information for Maryland Utilities & COVID-19 Policies – provided by Sunlight Energy Group
- Cost Reduction Opportunities for Maryland Hotel Owners – provided by Clearview Group. Clearview Group offers a holistic approach specifically for Maryland hotel owners on (2) cost reduction opportunities which include a proactive review of your Real Estate Tax and Personal Property Tax postures. Both of these reviews are performed on a contingency fee basis – if there are no tax savings achieved, there is no fee. For more information, please contact Mia Tripodi, Director of Business Development directly at Clearview – firstname.lastname@example.org or (667) 207-8777.
Printing and Signage
- Social Distancing Signage, Message Mats & More – provided by Herron Printing & Graphics Visit their website www.herronprinting.com or email email@example.com for more information.
Recovery and Crisis Management – Sales, Marketing, Revenue Management and Operations
- Crisis Management and Recovery Resources – provided by TravelClick, an Amadeus Company, to help hospitality members navigate turbulent economic times with various complimentary resources, webinars, tools to maintain your business, connect with your guests, and plan for future recovery.
- Planning for Hospitality Recovery Playbooks – TravelClick has created customized guides for hospitality partners to use when planning strategic recovery for Marketing, Sales, Revenue Management and Operations.