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Effective at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 5, 2020, Washington County will open Non-essential Businesses

The Washington County Board of County Commissioners announces that Washington County will be following the directives from the State of Maryland. Effective at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 5, 2020, Washington County will proceed with the additional openings listed in Stage Two of the COVID-19 Recovery Plan.

  • Reopening of Non-essential Businesses

  • Manufacturing

  • Construction

  • Large and small retail shops

  • Speciality vendors

  • Wholesalers

  • Warehouses

  • Offices

  • Information technology firms

  • Legal offices

  • Accounting

  • Banking and financial institutions

  • Insurance agencies

  • Design studios

  • Advertising and architectural firms

  • Media production companies

  • Real Estate

  • Travel agencies

  • Auto dealer showrooms

  • Bank branches

  • Various other offices may all safely reopen with public health and safety guidance recommendations in place. This guidance includes: 

  • Wearing face coverings whenever face-to-face interaction takes place. 

  • Conducting temperature checks for workers and other personnel. 

  • Limiting the proximity of employees by rotating employee hours.

  • Instituting split schedules, shifts, or shorter work weeks.

  • Staggering start, break, or shift times. 

Employees who can telework should continue to do so whenever possible.

  • Additional Personal Services Reopen - Additional personal services may resume operations at up to 50 percent capacity, by appointment only, and with appropriate health and safety guidelines.

  • Nail salons

  • Massage therapists

  • Tanning salons

  • Tattoo parlors

  • Motor Vehicle Administration - The Motor Vehicle Administration and other customer-facing agencies will begin reopening select branches to customers on a limited basis by appointment only. Staff will be required to wear face coverings and will have plexiglass dividers at each station.

  • Transit - With more Marylanders back to work, transit will begin to return to a more normal schedule.

  • Child Care Centers - Maryland State Department of Education will continue with its gradual plan to reopen child care centers.

Citizens are encouraged to continue the following:

  • Encourage seniors and vulnerable populations to stay at home

  • Continue teleworking

  • No gatherings over 10 people

  • Wear face covering at retail establishments and public transportation


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