ReOpening Silver Spring

As Silver Spring’s businesses continue to operate under Phase 2 of ReOpening, access to up-to-date reopening resources and requirements is paramount in helping employers keep employees and customers healthy and informed. Your chamber is committed to providing the tools and resources to keep your business open, safe, and successful. We will regularly update these tools and resources as new information becomes available.



Financial Assistance Programs

In late October, Governor Hogan announced plans to draw down the state’s Rainy Day Fund to offer $250 million more in financial relief for businesses struggling due to the coronavirus pandemic and the ensuring recession. A breakdown of each program is below:


State Layoff Aversion Fundprovides up to $50,000 for eligible small businesses undergoing economic stresses due to the pandemic by preventing or minimizing the duration of unemployment resulting from layoffs. The program will remain open through 30 days after the State of Emergency ends or until funding has been fully exhausted.


Early Care and Education School Age Child Care Grant - Supports school age childcare providers operating licensed child care programs in public school buildings and working parents.


Restaurant Relief Grant provides grants of up to $10,000 to eligible County restaurants and other food-service businesses. Applications accepted through Friday, December 4.


Primary Care Medical and Dental Grant - provides grants up to $60,000 for eligible independent primary care medical and general dentistry practices. Applications have closed.


Tourism Anchor Institution Grant Program - provides financial assistance to non-profit entities in Montgomery County that are tourist-oriented and have a mission that focuses on arts, culture, agriculture and/or recreation. Applications have closed.



Employee Retention Tax Credit – Tax credit for employers who are closed, partially closed, or experiencing significant revenue losses due to COVID-19. The refundable credit is applied against the employer portion of payroll taxes.


COVID-19 Businesses Assistance Programs – Provides a list of Montgomery County resources, state of Maryland resources, and Federal government resources along with the status of each program.




Montgomery County Reopening Resources

Montgomery County is currently in Phase 2 of reopening. Specific resources are linked below.


“Reopen Montgomery” Small Business Grant Program - Provides a reimbursement of up to $5,000 for items needed to comply with State and local reopening requirements. This program is available for businesses that closed and reopened and for businesses that never closed, but had to make purchases to comply with State and county requirements. Funding for this appropriation comes from Public Health Emergency Grant funds and the federal CARES Act.


Montgomery County Reopening Website – provides links to business-specific requirements and recommendations under Phase 2.


“Letter of Approval” to Reopen in Montgomery County - Businesses that have not been allowed to open may seek "Letters of Approval" from the County Health Officer if they can successfully demonstrate that they can meet expected safety protocols. Businesses must use the form linked here.


Montgomery County Reopening Requirements – requirements for ALL businesses. This poster must be displayed in a clear and visible location.


Montgomery County Office Space General Recommendations for Reopening – provides an overview of specific recommendations in addition to requirements for reopening office spaces.


Montgomery County COVID-19 Related Executive and Health Officer Orders – Lists current orders in effect and superseded orders no longer in effect.





Human Resources Considerations for Returning Employees


Division of Unemployment Insurance BEACON 2.0 Tool - The Maryland Dept of Labor has a new tool launched to accommodate the unprecedented surge of new claims during the COVID-19 pandemic. Find the application here.


As Workplaces go from Shutdown to Reopening, Should They Now Have Liability Concerns? - Employment law attorneys from Lerch Early Brewer address reopening liability issues that employers should consider in light of COVID-19.


Employer Liability and COVID-19 - Employment law attorneys from Lerch Early Brewer provide guidance on possible contract and wrongful termination claims, retaliation and whistleblower claims, accommodations, and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.




Statewide Recovery Policy

In mid-November, Governor Hogan moved Maryland back to Phase 2 capacity limits and issued an emergency order. Read the announcement hereFind detailed resources and requirements linked below.


Maryland Back to Business Guidelines - Provides general best practices that apply to all businesses, plus industry-specific recommendations in the areas opened or partially opened by Governor Hogan.


MD Strong: Roadmap to Recovery – In Maryland Strong, Governor Hogan lays out a path to gradually and responsibly reopen Maryland’s economy and details the “new normal” necessary to do so. It also recognizes that economic recovery and protecting public health are not opposing goals – they are the same goal and must work together hand in hand.


ReNEW Maryland – GSSCC is proud to be part of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce’s COVID-19 Recovery Task Force and its efforts to get our economy back on track. ReNEW Maryland is a collection of policy proposals that will assist Maryland in overcoming the economic impact of COVID-19 and rebuilding the economy.




Other Health and Safety Practices for Getting Back to Business


Maryland Small Businesses Development Center COVID-19 Survival Guide – Provides resources and frequently asked questions to help guide small businesses through the pandemic.


Reopening Business: Digital Resource Center – The U.S. Chamber provides state-by-state business reopening guidance plus sector-specific information, including many links to key references on the Centers for Disease Control site.


Ready to Reopen: A Playbook for your Small Business – Step-by-step guide to help small businesses plan for reopening.


CDC Businesses and Workplaces – Plan, Prepare, and Respond - The CDC website has a wealth of information, but is sometimes daunting.  This page focuses on information that is helpful as businesses plan to reopen.


OSHA Guidelines for Employers – provides a broad overview of workplace health and safety considerations for employers planning to reopen.