COVID-19 Resources

Reopening Maryland

Stage Three of Recovery – effective September 4, 2020
As stated on the Maryland Back to Business site , “Maryland is following Governor Hogan’s Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery plan, which includes a phased approach to reopening business. Under the latest executive order, 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 read the FAQs regarding face coverings  (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 guidance issued by their local jurisdiction.”  (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:

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

Cleaning and Disinfecting

General Operation / Inspections

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 GroupClearview 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 – or (667) 207-8777. 

Printing and Signage

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.