- Permitting indoor and outdoor gatherings — limited to a maximum of 50 people or one person unit per 200 sq. ft. (whichever is lower);
- Reopening retail establishments for curbside and limited in-store operations and restaurants for outdoor and restricted indoor dining;
- Authorizing child care programs to reopen with recommended health and safety precautions;
- Beginning salons, barber, and nail services by appointment only;
- Limiting the use of office spaces for nonessential personnel with telework strongly encouraged where applicable;
- Opening indoor and outdoor pools, gyms and fitness centers with capacity restrictions;
- Allowing low-contact, outdoor youth sports ;
- Expanding access to parks & playgrounds; and
- Continuing Ride On Bus Service with expanded schedule and routes.
For more information on County Executive Marc Erlich’s guidelines, click here.
For more information on the Governor’s Executive Orders, click here.
- The Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). This legislation:
- Creates emergency small business loans of up to $10 million for nonprofits and businesses with 500 or fewer employees. These loans will be forgiven in whole or in part if organizations maintain current employment levels (until June 30);
- Eliminates creditworthiness requirements and appropriates an additional $10 billion to Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL). Eligible nonprofits can receive a payment within three days;
- Establishes a refundable payroll tax credit of up to $5,000 for each employee on the payroll;
- Reimburses self-funded nonprofits for 50% of the costs of benefits provided to their laid-off employees; and
- Develops a charitable giving incentive tax deduction, applicable to all taxpayers, for total charitable contributions of up to $300.
- Montgomery County created a Public Health Emergency GrantProgram. Grant applications were available from April 15-25. To track the progress of applications, click here.
- My Nonprofit, Interest-Free, Micro Bridge Loan Account (NIMBL) legislation created a program to provide short-term loans to support nonprofits that have qualified for a government grant but are waiting for the pledged funding. You can apply through the State Department of Commerce for an interest-free loan of up to $25,000.
- Artists are among those most acutely affected by the Stay-at-Home orders. There is a national initiative– Artist Relief, which distributes $5,000 grants to artists facing financial hardships due to COVID-19.
- If you are interested in donating to this fund, contributions of any amount will help support more artists.
Here are some helpful resources, webinars, training, etc. to guide you during these challenging times:
- Nonprofit Tech for Good –Global Trends in Giving Survey
- Maryland Department of Commerce – Guidance for Small Businesses and Nonprofits
- Maryland Nonprofits – Webinars
- Maryland Nonprofits – COVID-19 Resources
- National Council of Nonprofits – COVID-19 Information
- Nonprofit Montgomery – Webinars
- U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship – CARES Act Summary
Unemployment Insurance: Information about unemployment insurance can be found through the Maryland Department of Labor. This application will soon be open to independent contractors. You can sign up to receive an e-mail when this becomes available. Remember, you must file for unemployment insurance in the State that you work. All residents are encouraged to file their unemployment claim online. If you have any questions about unemployment insurance, email Ui.email@example.com to avoid a long wait over the phone. We’d like to help as well– please consider filling out our Unemployment Assistance Form.
Healthcare Special Open Enrollment Period: In response to the Coronavirus outbreak, the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange, our state’s health insurance marketplace, will hold a special open enrollment period from March 16-June 15. Maryland residents without health insurance can sign up and get covered.
Housing Assistance: For assistance with emergency shelter or rent/mortgage payments, the Maryland 2-1-1 Database has a catalog of resources to help you.
Tenant Rights: Many of us are struggling to make ends meet during these trying times. If you have questions or concerns regarding your rental property, you can contact your local Office of Landlord-Tenant Affairs (Montgomery County/Rockville/Gaithersburg) or the Montgomery County Department of Housing and Community Affairs (DHCA). You can also refer to these resources for additional information on your rights as a tenant and how to handle disputes:
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): You may receive SNAP benefits if you are unemployed, or work part-time/for low wages. Applications can be found here.
Alcoholics Anonymous: Meetings are being conducted virtually. Here is a list of numbers you can call for different group meetings.
Domestic Abuse: If you are experiencing abuse or threatening behavior, you can contact your closest rape crisis center. If you live in Montgomery County, contact the Victim Assistance and Sexual Assault Program or JCADA for confidential assistance.
Mental Health: It is important that you practice self-care during these challenging times. Healthline provides tips to take care of your mental well-being during the pandemic.
Suicide Prevention: As we practice social distancing to stop the spread, we must also remember to reach out to our friends and family. Take advantage of this time to call someone a loved one. You can find additional information at Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
Buy Local: It is essential that we support local businesses during this time of crisis. Consider ordering take-out from a local restaurant in Gaithersburg or Rockville, looking up local brewing companies to see where their products are sold, or doing your grocery shopping at Dawson’s Market!
COVID-19 Survivors: If you were infected with COVID-19 and have completely recovered, the Department of Health has created a COVID Connect page with ways that you can help the community.
Donating Blood: As a result of social distancing, there is a blood shortage across the country. If you are healthy and willing to donate, please consider making an appointment through the Red Cross, or locally at the NIH Clinical Center.
Personal Protective Equipment:
- Montgomery County is accepting donations of PPE (including handmade masks) at this time.
- Maryland Emergency Management Agency is also asking for PPE donations.
Volunteer Your Time:
- The Montgomery County Volunteer Center has a wide range of opportunities to help others in our area.
- If you are a medical or public health professional, consider registering for the Maryland Medical Reserve Corp.
- Help my friend, and District 17 resident, Cavanaugh Bell with his initiative to stock the LOVE is Greater Than COVID-19 Community Pantry.
- Planning to vote for Democratic candidate Joe Biden? Sign up to make calls to others on his behalf.
- Volunteer for the Maryland Food Bank or Meals on Wheels.
- Center for Disease Control
- National Trust for Historic Preservation
- National Historic Preservation Act
- National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers
- National Park Service: The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation
- National Center for Preservation Technology and Training
- Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
- Latino Caucus
- Montgomery County
- Chambers of Commerce Resources
- Planning & Architecture
- Brain Pop
- Discovery Education
- Go Noodle – Indoor physical activities
- Kiddle – Kids version of Google
- Virtual Museum Tours – Article from Travel and Leisure can also be found here
- Khan Academy Math
- PBS Kids
- Nat Geo Kids
- Time Magazine Kids
- Virtual College Tours – For those who had to cancel their college visits
- Code Academy – Learn to Code for free!
- Mystery Science
- Story Online
- National Gallery of Art Kids Zone
- Councilmember Will Jawando’s Storytime
- Baltimore’s Virtual Rec Center
Updated June 17, 2020