Coronavirus Latest: Gov. Hogan Grants Local Health Departments Power To Take Action Against Local Businesses Not Complying To Executive Orders

Gov. Hogan has issued a new executive order that empowers local health departments to take action against any businesses, establishments, and construction sites they deem unsafe. He said while most businesses and individuals in the state have been complying to his stay-at-home executive order and the closure of non-essential businesses, there are reports that some are still not doing so. (WJZ-TV)

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$10M relief fund proposed for Baltimore small businesses

City Council President Brandon Scott proposed a plan on Tuesday to dedicate $10 million from Baltimore's "Rainy Day Fund" to make loans to businesses now struggling to survive amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Scott's 17-page, multi-pronged relief plan totals $25 million and includes loans to help businesses meet payroll and continue worker benefits. The Rainy Day Fund has about $90 million and is used for emergency expenses and to cover budget shortfalls. (Balt Bus Journal)

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Cargo is down at the Port of Baltimore. The losses will likely keep swelling.

Total cargo coming into the Port of Baltimore decreased more than 4% through the end of February due to the COVID-19 pandemic and is expected to continue declining throughout the second quarter. Officials at the Maryland Port Administration are also worried about having enough space to store automobiles while demand from dealerships stays low as fewer people are out purchasing cars. The Port of Baltimore's cargo operations have remained open for business amid the crisis, although Gov. Larry Hogan ordered a closure of the cruise terminal last month. (Balt Bus Journal)

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Montgomery County could make face masks mandatory for businesses

Forty thousand cloth masks manufactured locally by Custom Ink of Fairfax, Virginia, are expected to be delivered Wednesday to Montgomery County, Maryland, for its employees. And the County Council is now considering a requirement that workers in private businesses wear facial masks to help slow the spread of coronavirus. The measure to be considered next Tuesday would require businesses deemed essential, such as grocery stores, to provide masks for employees by April 16. Then, by month’s end, customers would be required to wear them too. (WTOP)

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Baltimore Blast Deliver Pizza To Hospital Staff Working Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

The season might have been cut short for one local team, but they decided to put their downtime to good use by feeding hospital staff working round the clock to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Players, trainers and coaches from the Baltimore Blast, along with General Manager and Vice President Gianni Tumminello, picked up dozens of pies from Frank’s Pizza and Pasta, and brought them to Johns Hopkins campuses, the University of Maryland Medical Center, MedStar locations and Carroll Hospice. (WJZ-TV)

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Route One Apparel Using Humor To Raise Money For Local Charities Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Despite many local businesses taking a hit these past weeks amid the coronavirus pandemic, many are finding ways to give back, and some are even giving us a reason to laugh. Route One Apparel is printing shirts with sayings like “Warsh Your Hands” and “Stay at Home, Hon” which features the Natty Boh logo wearing a face mask. (WJZ-TV)

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How may ‘non-essential’ Md. businesses operate?

Beginning on March 12, 2020, when Gov. Larry Hogan ordered that public schools close and the term social distancing gained widespread popularity due to the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, employers have found themselves navigating a new world that is changing by the hour. Employers are trying run their businesses and keep their employees earning income while taking appropriate precautions to prevent exposure and transmission of COVID-19. (Daily Record)

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Wells Fargo's outraged small business customers call for boycott, litigation and regulatory relief

Many of Wells Fargo’s small business customers are outraged as they realize that doing business with the bank may cost them in this time of trouble. To be sure, Wells is a financially sound financial institution. But the regulatory cap placed on the bank’s loans and other assets spurred Wells to quickly close the loan window after exhausting its $10 billion lending capacity for the popular SBA Paycheck Protection Program in barely a day. (Balt Bus Journal)

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