Nonessential Businesses Closures in Maryland Due to COVID-19


Maryland Governor mandates the closure of all nonessential businesses to combat COVID-19 stopping short of implementing a “shelter-in-place” order. Willful violation of the order can result in both imprisonment of up to one year and a fine of up to $5,000. In “Maryland Extends COVID-19 Closures to Nonessential Businesses,” colleague Brian E. Finch notes that while businesses must be closed to the general public, staff access is permitted for purposes specified in interpretive guidance No. COVID19-06 (i.e., maintaining essential property).