Coronavirus Latest: Giant Announces 2 New Social Distancing Policies

Giant announced Tuesday two new social distancing policies being put into effect across all of its stores in an effort to keep customers and employees safe during the coronavirus pandemic. Giant is implementing one-way aisle traffic across all stores to support social distancing and improve the flow of customer traffic. Arrow markers on the floor will designate traffic direction throughout the aisles and associates will be available to point customers in the correct directions. (WJZ-TV)

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Small business stimulus program draws flood of applicants — and complaints

A $349 billion program intended to help small businesses meet payroll while struggling to stay open during the COVID-19 pandemic has disappointed local businesses and advocacy organizations. In response to the outbreak of the coronavirus grinding the nation’s economy to a near standstill, Congress passed a $2 trillion stimulus package, called the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. That bill included the Paycheck Protection Program, which provides forgivable loans to businesses to pay employees and forgo layoffs. (Daily Record)

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Anne Arundel County industrial complex sells for $90M

The suburban Brandon Woods III industrial complex in Anne Arundel County has changed hands for $90 million. GLL Real Estate Partners acquired the 259-acre development this month from Chesapeake Real Estate Group and EverWest Real Estate Investors, officials from Chesapeake Real Estate said Tuesday. The complex is located at at 7550 Perryman Court and 7659 Solley Road in Curtis Bay and has the potential to hold 1.1 million square feet of industrial space when built out. (Balt Bus Journal)

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‘It’s The Least We Can Do’: 500 First Responders Get Free Meals Thanks To Local Businesses

Those on the front lines of this pandemic are going above and beyond to keep us safe and healthy amid the coronavirus pandemic. That’s exactly what’s inspiring so many to support our heroes in different ways. On Monday, local businesses team up for HEROAID and fed 500 first responders for free. The event was held in the parking lot of Jimmy’s Famous Seafood, which turned into a mini drive-thru for police officers, firefighters and EMTs. (WJZ)

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Howard Hughes Corp. halts some construction — but not in Downtown Columbia

Howard Hughes Corp.'s redevelopment of Downtown Columbia will soldier on amid the COVID-19 pandemic, even as the Dallas-based firm has put a halt on other construction and postponed plans related to a restructuring of the company. Greg Fitchitt, president of the Columbia region for Howard Hughes, confirmed in an email Friday that construction activities are "mostly continuing" at the $5 billion redevelopment of the areas around the Mall in Columbia and Merriweather Post Pavilion. (Balt Bus Journal)

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HoCo philanthropies exceed goal of raising $100K to address COVID-19

Four local philanthropies have exceeded their goal of raising $100,000 in 10 days to provide Howard County nonprofits with emergency funds in response to the COVID-19 crisis. The Community Foundation of Howard County, Horizon Foundation, United Way of Central Maryland and Women's Giving Circle of Howard County established the HoCoRespond.com fundraising website in late March, and announced their goal on March 24. In 10 days, the philanthropies raised about $130,000 in emergency funds that are now available to support nonprofits on the front lines of assisting with food security, housing, childcare and healthcare. (Balt Bus Journal)

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Court orders Maryland company to restore $28 million to employee benefit plans

A federal judge in Maryland has ordered a Bethesda-based company to restore more than $28 million to health benefit plans it sold to more than 100 employers. Brendan Turner and Susanne Sheil, former executives of the now defunct WH Administrators, failed to pay millions in medical expenses for plan participants and denied legitimate claims from plan holders, according to the court order. (Wash Post)

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Shore Boutiques Partner On ‘Community Over Competition’ Campaign

Community over competition. That’s the message a group of local boutique owners are trying to promote during the COVID-19 pandemic. Last week, Taylor Harman and her mother, Pam Harman, co-owners of Magnolia Rifle Boutique in Fenwick Island, launched a social media campaign recognizing local boutiques across Delmarva. (Dispatch)

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