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Published August 3rd, 2020

Reopening Maryland in the Time of COVID-19

Reopening Maryland from a statewide “Stay-Home” order is a massive effort being led by Gov. Larry Hogan together with over 5 million Marylanders. State government operations have resumed and the Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) and other customer-facing agencies have reopened select branches. While Maryland is open for manufacturing, construction, retail—including specialty vendors, wholesalers, and warehouses—continued safety measures such as staying home as much as possible, avoiding crowds and close gatherings, and wearing face coverings in public transportation remains in place.

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:

  1. Procuring sufficient personal protective equipment for frontline healthcare workers
  2. Generating hospital surge capacity
  3. Having adequate testing capacity
  4. 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 1where 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.


Shine Colcol

SafetyCulture Staff Writer

Shine has been professionally writing about virtually anything since her internship for a digital publisher of niche blogazines. She is passionate about building a culture of continuous improvement in the environmental, health, safety, and quality space through well-researched, engaging, and impactful content.