December 18, 2020

Governor’s Briefing on COVID-19: December 17, 2020

December 17, 2020 – Governor Hogan Press Conference

Key takeaways:

  • Stay home for the holidays
  • New testing and quarantine requirements for travel
  • No gatherings larger than 10 people
  • State agencies suspending in-person services, all businesses encouraged to telework over the holidays
  • $180 million in relief for bars and restaurants, and a boost to the temporary cash assistance benefit

Marylanders are safer at home this holiday season. Contract tracing consistently shows that family and other social gatherings and out-of-state travel lead to the most cases and the highest risk of exposure.

Limit all travel to essential purposes only. If traveling outside of Maryland, you must either obtain a negative COVID-19 test result or self-quarantine for 10 days. This applies to all states except Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, DC. 

Get tested: COVIDtest.maryland.gov

$180 million in additional relief includes:

  • $50 million to help hotels and hospitality businesses across the state
  • $30 million to replenish the state’s successful relief program for bars and restaurants
  • $15 million in assistance to entertainment venues through the state’s successful Main Street program
  • $5 million for a new relief initiative to help socially or economically disadvantaged tech-based businesses in the state’s rural counties
  • $40 million to boost the Temporary Cash Assistance benefit
  • $40 million for health care providers by beginning their 4% increase on January 1, six months ahead of schedule.

An emergency order extends the moratorium on foreclosures to January 31.

What can Marylanders do to help this holiday season?

  • Support local restaurants by ordering carryout or delivery.
  • Give to a local charity, nonprofit, or foodbank.
  • Do holiday shopping at a small business.

Governor Hogan also issued a special emergency order exempting Santa Claus, the elves from Santa’s workshop, and the reindeer necessary for the operation of Santa’s sleigh from any and all travel, testing, and quarantine requirements.

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