Updated: May 13, 2020


Maryland Governor Larry Hogan issued Executive Order No. 20-05-13-01 on May 13, 2020, allowing the reopening of certain businesses and facilities and subject to local regulation starting 5:00 p.m. on May 15, 2020. These include certain religious facilities, retail establishments, manufacturing businesses, personal services, and outdoor recreation facilities. The state has issued interpretive guidance documents on business operations, including one on businesses that may reopen.


(COVID-19 EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 20-03-30-01)     

    Executive Summary

The Maryland Executive Order requires all citizens living within the State to stay at home except as allowed in the Order, and requires all businesses and operations in the State to cease all activities except Minimum Basic Operations, except “Essential Businesses and Operations.”  The Order defines “Non-Essential Businesses” as all those that are not part of the CISA Essential Critical Infrastructure list. 

Summary of Order

  • Issued on March 30, 2020, Effective as of March 30, 2020 at 8:00 pm
  • All businesses and operations in the State, except Essential Businesses and Operations are required to cease all activities within the State except Minimum Basic Operations.
  • All Essential Businesses and Operations are encouraged to remain open.
  • The definition of Essential Businesses and Operations is intended to encompass the CISA Essential Critical Infrastructure list.
  • Minimum Basic Operations means:
    • Facilitate working remotely
    • Maintaining essential property
    • Preventing loss of inventory
    • Performing payroll
    • Caring for live animals


Any person who willfully violates the Order is guilty of a misdemeanor and subject to imprisonment not exceeding one year or a fine not exceeding $5,000 or both.


Critical infrastructure sectors listed in CISA guidance (check list at link above for detailed list of worker functions):

  • Healthcare / Public Health
  • Law Enforcement, Public Safety, and Other First Responders
  • Food and Agriculture
  • Energy — Natural Gas, Natural Gas Liquids (NGL), Propane, and Other Liquid Fuels
  • Water and Wastewater
  • Transportation and Logistics
  • Public Works and Infrastructure Support Services
  • Communications and Information Technology
  • Other Community- or Government-Based Operations and Essential Functions
  • Critical Manufacturing
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Financial Services
  • Chemical
  • Defense Industrial Base
  • Commercial Facilities
  • Residential/Shelter Facilities and Services
  • Hygiene Products and Services