Maryland Closes All Non-Essential Businesses in Response to COVID-19

March 24, 2020

On Monday, March 23, 2020, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced that all non-essential businesses are ordered to close by 5:00 p.m. as part of the state’s effort to control the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Accounting firms, as noted in the Interpretive Guidance document released by the Governor’s office, are considered essential businesses and can remain open. Aronson LLC will remain open for business 

For a summary of how the state has interpreted essential vs. non-essential businesses, please review below or visit this guide provided by the State of Maryland’s Office of Legal Counsel for the official Order. 

Non-Essential Businesses 

In the Order of the Governor of the State of Maryland, Number 20-03-23-01, dated March 23, 2020, Amending and Restating the Order of March 19, 2020, Prohibiting Large Gatherings and Events and Closing Senior Centers, and Additionally Closing All Non-Essential Businesses and Other Establishments, the Administration names a number of non-essential businesses. Non-essential businesses include, but are not limited to: 

  • Senior citizen activities centers 
  • Restaurants and bars 
  • Fitness centers (except any part of the center that is licensed for childcare services) 
  • Theaters 
  • Enclosed malls, except stores that have an outside entrance 
  • Recreational establishments (such as golf courses, social and fraternal clubs, amusement parks, and more) 
  • Hair salons, barbershops, tattoo parlors, and tanning salons 

Essential Businesses 

The Office of Legal Counsel published Interpretive Guidance on the abovementioned order. Essential sectors include, but are not limited to: 

  • Chemical Sector 
  • Commercial Facilities Sector 
  • Communications Sector 
  • Critical Manufacturing Sector 
  • Defense Industrial Sector 
  • Defense Industrial Base Sector 
  • Emergency Services Sector 
  • Energy Sector 
  • Financial Services Sector 
  • Food and Agriculture Sector 
  • Government Facilities Sector 
  • Healthcare and Public Health Sector 
  • Information Technology Sector 
  • Transportation Systems Sector 
  • Water and Wastewater Systems Sector 
  • Supporting Firms 

Our team will continue to monitor this situation and keep you informed about any relevant updates that impact your business once additional clarity has been provided. For help guiding your business through the coronavirus outbreak, download our COVID-19 Business Continuity Checklist or visit our resources page.