COVID-19 Stay-at-Home FAQs:
What is the difference between a Stay-at-Home Order and quarantine?
Stay-at-Home Order: Remain at your place of residence, except for certain permitted trips.
Quarantine: Separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick. Those in quarantine are permitted to leave the quarantine location for a medical emergency or to seek medical care.
What are the penalties for violating the Stay-at-Home order, and how are they being enforced?
In Maryland, the Stay-at-Home Executive Order states that anyone in violation of the Stay-at-Home rules can be charged with a misdemeanor and face up to a year in jail, a fine of up to $5,000, or both.
Do I need documentation to be on the road?
Providing documentation such as a Letter of Clearance to essential workers is a suggestion, not a rule, under Maryland’s Stay-at-Home order. Possessing documentation of where you work will help in case an employee is stopped by police on their way to or from their essential job. Law enforcement will only question someone concerning the Stay-at-Home order if they are investigating an unrelated infraction or potential crime.
Is outdoor recreation allowed?
Yes, in Maryland, you may exercise or walk your dog outside, as long as you stay 6 feet away from others and do not congregate in groups of 10 or more. Maryland, Anne Arundel and City of Annapolis Parks remain open to the public, but please check hours and operating conditions for the most up-to-date information.
Can I go fishing?
Limited fishing is allowed if you are seeking food, but social distancing guidelines and the prohibition on social gatherings must be strictly followed.
Can I go boating?
Recreational boating is prohibited. However, if an individual is boating to seek food for oneself or their family, boating is permitted. Boats used to transport essential employees or goods are also permitted.
Does kayaking or paddle boarding count as recreational boating?
Since kayaking and paddle-boarding are a form of exercise, they are permitted under the Executive Order. Guidance on social distancing and the prohibition on social gatherings must be strictly followed.
Where can I go and with whom?
Troopers will continue to initiate enforcement action when a business or group of more than 10 people is observed in violation of the Governor’s Executive Order.
- The Order does not prohibit people from going to the store to get groceries or prescriptions, seeking medical attention at an urgent care facility, getting cleaning or laundry supplies. In addition, the Order does not prevent people from going out to get necessities for pets or other livestock.
- The Order allows for travel to care for a family member, friend, pets, etc.
- Citizens are also permitted to travel for transporting family, friends, pets or livestock for essential health and safety activities.
- The Order also allows for travel to and from an educational institution to receive meals or instructional materials for distance learning.
- Restaurants can be visited if obtaining food for carry-out or drive-thru only.
- If you have any other questions, please call the Annapolis Call Center at 410-260-2211.
Source: Annapolis Office of Emergency Management
COVID-19 Business FAQs
What banks are approved to offer SBA loans?
All major national and regional banks are SBA 7a and SBA Express Lenders, in addition to the two below lists:
Am I eligible?
What will lenders be looking for?
How much can I borrow?
Will this loan be forgiven?
I heard there is an advance on EIDL loans. How do I get this advance?
- You are able to get up to a $10,000 Advance on the EIDL. This Advance may be available even if your EIDL application was declined or is still pending, and will be FORGIVEN.
IMPORTANT: If you have already applied for the EIDL prior to March 30, you will need to reapply through the new application to be eligible for the forgivable advance.
How do I file for unemployment as a sole proprietor/ small business owner?
- There is an updated process for filing a regular claim. “To provide our claimants with an efficient and hassle-free filing process, we are encouraging our claimants to file according to a new system.”
What is the Paycheck Protection Program and who is eligible?
- The Paycheck Protection Program prioritizes millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $349 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses.
Small businesses and eligible nonprofit organizations, Veterans organizations, and Tribal businesses described in the Small Business Act, as well as individuals who are self-employed or are independent contractors, are eligible if they also meet program size standards. https://home.treasury.gov/coronavirus
Where do I find other official information about the Governor’s orders?
I’m a non-profit. How do I apply for non-profit relief funds?