Charles Recovery Resources

Added 3/12/2021
Businesses receiving a Temporary Outside Service Area Permit last year must reapply this year by submitting a new application. Read press release

Added 3/9/2021

Effective 3/12/2021 at 5 pm, capacity restrictions on some businesses will be lifted.  Read the Executive Order.

Added 1/19/2021

Charles County Commissioners Resolution to clarify the Governor’s 17-11-20-01 executive order as it relates to tobacco dispensaries, cigar bars, hookah bars, vape bars and other similar establishments and to implement designated COVID safety procedures in these establishment which are currently operating without any specifically addressed regulations.

Added 1/11/2021

Maryland Comptroller delays business tax payments for 90 days

The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced that the COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) application deadline has been extended through December 2021. Eligible small businesses and non-profits are encouraged to apply. More info.

Paycheck Protection Program resumes today, January 11, 2021 at 9 am. More info.


Added 11/18/2020: 

The governor issued an emergency order that takes the following actions—effective Friday, November 20 at 5 p.m.

  • 10 pm Closure for Bars and Restaurants. All bars, restaurants, and venues serving food and alcohol must close between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., except for the purposes of carryout and delivery.
  • Limited Capacity for Retail Establishments and Religious Facilities. Capacity at retail establishments and religious facilities reduced to 50%, bringing them into line with indoor dining and personal services businesses, as well as bingo halls, bowling alleys, pool halls, roller and ice skating rinks, fitness centers, and social and fraternal clubs.

Governor’s resource page:

Where can I get a Covid test near me?

What do I do if I test positive?

Latest Executive Orders >> Read the Emergency Orders and Legal Guidance Including 11/17/20 - NEW: Regulating Certain Businesses And Facilities, Requiring Face Coverings


Added 9/2/2020:  Governor Hogan Announces Beginning of Stage Three of Maryland’s COVID-19 Recovery, Additional Safe and Gradual Reopenings

Commissioners Announce Move to Stage Three  on Sept. 4

Added 7/13/2020: SBDC Survival Guides

Then the Maryland SBDC released the COVID-19 Small Business Survival Guide, it became a go-to resource for always up-to-date financial resources, guidelines, and tips to help guide business owners through the pandemic's economic impact. The MDSBDC is now pleased to present part two of the guide: Post COVID-19 Small Business Recovery & Sustainability Guide.

Temporary Sign Regulations:  To assist local businesses during the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Planning and Growth Management is offering an expedited, free, streamlined approval process for portable signs or banners to be displayed continuously until Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020.  To apply for a free temporary sign permit, visit the Citizen Self Service Portal to create an account or to sign in at Once in the CSS Portal, choose the option to apply for a “Banner” permit.

On Friday, June 12, the Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to move forward with reopening plans for Stage Two of Maryland’s “Roadmap to Recovery,” which includes reopening limited indoor dining at restaurants, outdoor amusement activities, and expanded capacity at outdoor pools in accordance with Stage Two of Governor Hogan’s executive order.

Orders, Guidance, and FAQs from the State of Maryland


Executive Order (June 10, 2020)

  • Shopping centers that have one or more enclosed pedestrian concourses may open to the general public.
  • Indoor Recreation Establishments to include: bingo halls, bowling alleys, pool halls, roller and ice skating rinks, social and fraternal clubs (VFW, Elks, etc), indoor areas of any other establishment subject to the admission and amusement tax.
  • Fitness Centers, Health Clubs, Health Spas, Gyms, Aquatic Centers and Self Defense Schools at 50% occupancy and social distancing
  • Casinos, Racetracks and Simulcast Betting facilities at 50% occupancy and social distancing (if allowed by local orders)
  • Racing at Laurel Park, Pimlico Race Course, Timonium Race Course, Fair Hill Races, Rosecroft Raceway and Ocean Downs with no general public


Face Coverings are required by order at several locations. Click on the bullet point to be routed to the appropriate order that sets the requirement.







Federal Guidance to Re-opening Business

State of Maryland Guidance to Re-opening Business

Back to Business: Best practices for Maryland’s companies reopening in correlation with the COVID-19 outbreak. This page also includes industry-specific guidelines.


Industry-Specific Guidance

Charles County Department of Health 
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Industry-Specific Guidance from Trade Organizations

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