This article will briefly answer the following questions:
- What is the Maryland reopening plan?
- What are Maryland reopening phases?
- Why are reopening checks important for Maryland-based businesses?
- What are Maryland reopening checklists?
The Maryland Reopening Plan: Maryland Strong
“Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery” is the reopening plan of the state of Maryland. In the 30-page document released on April 24, Gov. Hogan and the Maryland Strong Recovery Team outlined the rationale, guiding principles, and partnerships for reopening the economy of Maryland. Additionally, the state government established its 4 building blocks to recovery as:
- Procuring sufficient personal protective equipment for frontline healthcare workers
- Generating hospital surge capacity
- Having adequate testing capacity
- A robust contact tracing program
Maryland Reopening Phases: Roadmap to Recovery
Reopening Maryland is divided into three multi-phased stages: low risk, medium risk, and high risk. Only when a certain locality meets appropriate gating criteria based on its COVID-19 positivity rate, it will be allowed to expand permitted activities and businesses under the parameters of the current stage identified by the State.
Currently, most of Maryland is in Stage 2, while Montgomery County and Baltimore City remain in a modified implementation of stage 1—where gyms, offices, and nail salons stay closed. Under stage 2, indoor restaurant dining and fitness centers and outdoor amusement and attractions can operate at 50% capacity with physical distancing and following strict public health requirements.
The Need for Reopening Inspections in Maryland
Restrictions or policies are being modified according to the number of cases per county. However, as the State of Maryland lifts the order requiring the closure of non-essential businesses, enhanced workplace safety measures such as wearing masks, practicing physical distancing, conducting daily screening, re-evaluating shifts, schedules, and office configuration, and teleworking or working from home when possible is still expected from all Marylanders. Reopening inspections or readiness assessments can help Maryland-based employers effectively prepare for and safely continue their business operations during a global pandemic.
Reopening Checklists for Maryland-based Businesses
Maryland reopening checklists are based on the Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery and intended by the State to help business owners adhere to best practices, ensure the safety of workers and customers, and reopen strong. A Maryland reopening checklist usually covers baseline guidance for employers, employees, and visitors such as communicating your COVID-19 policies clearly to everyone, including signage for staff and visitors, cleaning and disinfecting frequently-touched surfaces in accordance with CDC guidelines, and more.
To make it easier for Californians to get safely back to business and continue safe operations amidst a global pandemic, we’ve surfaced these statewide industry guidance-based reopening checklists you can download for free and use with iAuditor by SafetyCulture.
Disclaimer: Please note that these checklists are hypothetical examples and provide basic information only. They are not intended to take the place of medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. You should also seek professional advice to determine if the use of such checklists are permissible in your workplace or jurisdiction.
Download Free Maryland Reopening Checklists
Maryland Reopening Checklist (Restaurants and Bars)
This checklist is based on the Maryland reopening plan and is created to help restaurants develop their branch-specific reopening plan consistent with CDC, FDA, and National Restaurant Association guidance. Use this checklist with iAuditor’s collaborative actions to address flagged items such as lack of implementation of daily screening processes or lack of COVID-19 health and workplace training for employees, assign actions with a priority level, and due date, and manage restaurant reopening risks more effectively.
Maryland Reopening Checklist (Gyms and Fitness Centers)
This reopening checklist is made by the Government of Maryland and is designed for Maryland-based fitness centers, martial arts, and dance studios to prepare their building and workforce and plan for physical distancing, reducing touch points or control access, increasing cleaning, and communication procedures. Use this checklist to automatically generate a comprehensive report with photo evidence, share with key personnel, and secure inspection results in the cloud which can be easily accessed by authorized people anytime, anywhere.
Maryland Reopening Checklist (Entertainment and Recreational Facilities)
This Maryland reopening checklist is created by the Government of Maryland for statewide entertainment facilities and recreational attractions follow best practices for businesses to reopen. It includes guidelines for Maryland-based owners and operators, employees, physical distancing, cleanliness and comfort, and communications. Adhere to best practices like encouraging touchless payment and admission, and online ticketing, setting aside special hours for vulnerable or at-risk guests, and more.