We understand that the health of Maryland’s value-added agriculture, craft manufacturing and tourism industries, their businesses and customers are of top concern to our clients and members. Below are some helpful resources to consider related to your brewery business.
- Link to Governor’s Executive Orders & Interpretations
- Governor Hogan has issued a “stay at home’ order for all citizens and non-essential workers.
- Large gatherings and events must be canceled or postponed until after termination of the state of emergency in the proclamation of the catastrophic health emergency has been rescinded.
- Restaurants, bars, and other similar establishments that sell food or beverages for consumption on premises in Maryland are closed to the general public, except that, to the extent permitted by applicable law, and in accordance with any social distancing recommendations of the Maryland Department of health, food and beverages can be made available for:
- Curbside Pickup: Sold if such food or beverages are probably taken from the premises, such as via carry out or on a drive-through basis; and;
- Delivered to customers off the premises (allowed for all alcohol manufacturers in the state).
- All non-essential businesses must close. Here’s guidance on what businesses are exempted.
- All alcohol manufacturers may continue to operate production and sales to-go and for delivery;
- Alcohol retailers and restaurants may continue to sell to-go and via delivery.
- Employees of “Essential Businesses” may continue to travel to/from work and to make approved sales/deliveries. See below for a sample letter all alcohol industry employers should provide to all employees—including the owners themselves—noting they are “essential” as defined by the Governor’s executive order.
- WINERY: WineAmerica COVID-19 Resource Page
- DISTILLERY: Hand Sanitizer Tax Details from Comptroller
- DISTILLERY: American Craft Spirits Association COVID-19 Resource Page & FDA/TTB Hand Sanitizer Guidance
- BREWERY: Brewers Association COVID-19 Resource Page
- >>>> SAMPLE LETTER for employers to put on letterhead/sign for employees to carry with them to/from work. [.txt / .doc]
Grow & Fortify Resources
- Slide deck from 3/12/20 call [PDF 972kb]
- Video from 3/16/20 webinar [mp4 70mb] / Presentation from 3/16/20 webinar
- Video from 3/23/20 webinar [mp4 186.5mb] / Presentation from 3/23/20 webinar [pdf]
- Video from 3/30/20 webinar [mp4 79mb] / Presentation from 3/30/20 webinar [pdf]
Relief & Loan Funds
- CARES Act Small Business Guide – from US Senate
- CARES Act Brief from National Restaurant Association
- SBA Disaster Loan Assistance
- Maryland Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Loan Fund – This $75 million loan fund offers no interest or principal payments due for the first 12 months, then converts to a 36-month term loan of principal and interest payments, with an interest rate at 2% per annum.
- Maryland Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant Fund – This $50 million grant program offers grant amounts up to $10,000, not to exceed 3 months of demonstrated cash operating expenses for the first quarter of 2020.
- Maryland COVID-19 Emergency Relief Manufacturing Fund – This $5 million incentive program helps Maryland manufacturers to produce personal protective equipment (PPE) that is urgently needed by hospitals and health-care workers across the country. More details are expected to be announced by Friday, March 27, 2020.
- Maryland Covid19 Layoff Aversion Fund – Workforce Development and Adult Learning – Governor Larry Hogan and the Maryland Department of Labor have launched the new COVID-19 Layoff Aversion Fund, which is designed to support businesses undergoing economic stresses due to the pandemic by preventing or minimizing the duration of unemployment resulting from layoffs.
- SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) – Maryland has received official designation from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for its Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, which provides low-interest federal disaster loans for small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. These loans were created to alleviate financial strain and allow small businesses to pay bills, payroll, and accounts payable, with long-term payments stretching up to 30 years. Small businesses and private non-profit organizations can apply here.
- Resources for Business and Workers – The amount of information for businesses can be overwhelming. This continually-updated resource page consolidates all Federal/State/Local business resources available during the COVID-19 outbreak. This page will be updated on an ongoing basis so you have the most up-to-date resources available.
General Business Information
- Maryland Dept. Commerce: Business Resources
- Comptroller State Tax Extensions & Refunds
- Maryland COVID-19 Loan & Relief Fund
- Employee Terminations, Furloughs, and Lay-offs: COBRA, Reinstatement, and Closed Businesses
- Restaurant Association: Coronavirus – Tips for Restaurants
- EPA-approved list of coronavirus antimicrobial product
- Maryland Restaurant Association’s resources
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration: COVID-19 Control and Prevention
- Maryland Health Connection offers new/temporary enrollment
- Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC)
- Frederick County – Visit Frederick
- 3/30/20: Hogan issues state at home order.
- 3/23/20: Maryland Gov. Hogan announces closure of non-essential businesses due to coronavirus pandemic
- 3/20/20: Comptroller announces further extensions on Sales & Use, Excise and Income Tax / refunds
- 3/18/20: Comptroller announces lifting of restrictions on per customer sales for off premise consumption for Class 1 distilleries and Class 5 breweries.
- 3/18/20: Updated Guidance from Comptroller on Tax Payment Extensions
- 3/15/20: California, Ohio, Illinois, Massachusetts close bars (wineries, breweries, distilleries, too!) and restaurants in effort to slow coronavirus
- 3/15/20: CDC recommends canceling events with 50 or more people for the next eight weeks throughout US
- 3/15/20: Hogan closes casinos, tracks to mitigate COVID-19
- 3/13/20: Md. offers insurance enrollment period during coronavirus pandemic
- 3/12/20: Comptroller extends tax filing deadlines for businesses until June 1
General Virus/Health Information
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- World Health Organization
- Maryland Health Department Guidance
- Vox: How canceled events and self-quarantines save lives, in one chart
- New York Times: The Coronavirus: What Scientists Have Learned So Far
- Medium: Coronavirus: Why You Must Act Now
- Think Global Health Travel Restriction Tracker
Thanks to Brewers Association, Restaurant Association of Maryland for these resources.