Updates from the Maryland Department of Commerce

New Grant for Restaurant Workers

Guy Fieri and the National Restaurant Association Has Launched Relief Fund to Give $500 Checks to Restaurant Workers Affected by Coronavirus

Restaurant Employee Relief Fund 

Here’s how it works: Restaurant workers can apply for a grant paid for by the NRAEF fund starting Thursday, April 2, and will receive a one-time $500 check within three weeks to use toward housing, medical bills, student loans, groceries, and other expenses. The NRAEF stipulated that these grants would be administered on a “first-come, first-serve basis.” To apply or to donate visit:


In Case You Missed It – The (2) new Interpretive Guidance documents are attached.  Yes, two.  One came out late yesterday afternoon. Good news is our restaurants can still do curbside service with an emphasis on social distancing (runner wearing gloves, payments on-line or via phone, no hanging out in the parking area, etc.)

Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Application – New, simplified form https://covid19relief.sba.gov/#/

Main Maryland Business Information site for COVID 19 Updates and Resourceshttps://govstatus.egov.com/md-coronavirus-business

Maryland Department of Labor – Includes an Updated Process for Filing A Claim and if your employment or business has been impacted – COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions


Families First Coronavirus Response Act – See attached poster.

New Webinar – M&T Bank with U.S. Senator Ben Cardin on New and Expanded Programs for Small Businesses

Tuesday, March 31st at 2:00 pm

 Presentations from Senator Ben Cardin’s Office on the new CARES Act; the US Small Business Administration on existing Economic Injury Disaster Loans; the MD Department of Commerce on the state’s COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant and Loan Funds; and other resources available to small businesses facing economic disruptions as a result of COVID-19.

Register here: https://mailchi.mp/b07d594ec7de/baltimore-county-business-resources-3166176?e=dcd1740851


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OLC Interpretive Guidance COVID19-08 3-30-20

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