COVID-19 Resources

BC&E Baltimore’s priority is to keep our members informed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Below are lists of essential resources and tools that will be helpful for your business.

State of Maryland Resources

Maryland Department of Commerce – Maryland Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Business – Comprehensive site including the Governor’s executive orders, business closures, financial and tax assistance, employer and worker assistance details and licensing and permits information.

Governor Hogan’s March 23 Order: The Closing of Non-Essential Services
Additional Businesses, Organizations and Facilities That May Remain Open
Businesses that may remain open include residential and commercial construction firms, engineering, surveying, architectural and interior design firms.

Maryland Small Business COVID-19 Relief Loan Fund – This $75 million loan fund offers no interest or principal payments due for the first 12 months, then converts to a 36-month term loan of principal and interest payments, with an interest rate at 2% per annum.

Maryland Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant Fund – This $50 million grant program offers grant amounts up to $10,000, not to exceed 3 months of demonstrated cash operating expenses for the first quarter of 2020.

State of Maryland Layoff Aversion Fund- Grant Applications – This fund designed to support businesses by preventing or minimizing the duration of unemployment resulting from layoffs. The award (up to $50,000 per applicant) will minimize the need for layoffs.

Federal Resources

SBA Disaster Assistance – The entire state of Maryland has received designation for U.S. Small Business Administration assistance.

Internal Revenue Service – Includes specifics on paid leave, tax credits for small and mid-sized businesses, July 15 filing deadline extension and deferring tax payments.

Department of Labor – Families First Coronavirus Response Act will apply to leave taken between April 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020
Employee Paid Leave Rights
Employer Paid Leave requirements
Questions & Answers

Occupational Safety and Healthy Administration – This site contains OSHA standards and directives (instructions for compliance officers) and other related information that may apply to worker exposure to COVID-19.

OSHA – Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 – Contains recommendations as well as descriptions of mandatory safety and health standards.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – What you need to know about COVID-19, symptoms, how to protect yourself and your family and what to do if you think you are sick.

World Health Organization – Latest updates from WHO including travel advice and myth busters.

Federal Government’s Response to COVID-19 – A guide to government information and services such as travel, health and safety.

Additional Industry Resources

Construction Dive’s coronavirus headquarters: In-depth analysis for contractors  – A roundup of our continuing coverage about how the virus is impacting the construction industry and U.S. economy and what experts say are the best practices for responding.