For immediate release:
May 13, 2020
Contact: Erin Montgomery
Response to Governor Hogan’s Announcement on Phase 1 Recovery Efforts
Christine Ross, president and CEO of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, today issued the following statement in response to Governor Larry Hogan’s announcement that our state will soon be entering into the first stage of his Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery plan, a three-phase response to the coronavirus pandemic:
We are grateful that the day has come to begin moving into the first phase of economic recovery. We thank the governor for his leadership and for safeguarding public health and safety throughout the pandemic. Like him, we want to see Marylanders get back to work as safely and as soon as possible.
We are concerned, however, about the emerging “different rules for different jurisdictions” method to reopening and what it will mean for employers who run businesses in multiple parts of the state. This patchwork approach could prove detrimental for employers and their employees, who are already in the midst of navigating a difficult and evolving crisis situation.
As we continue to steadfastly advocate for our members, who are anxious to return to work, we continue to urge the governor to actively communicate and engage with members of the business community throughout each stage of the recovery process.
Over the last two weeks, through its COVID-19 Working Group, the Maryland Chamber of Commerce released two resources intended to help Maryland businesses swiftly and responsibly reopen and recover from this unprecedented economic crisis:
Safe Workplace: Best Practices and Baselines for Reopening Maryland, a set of guidelines for employers as they begin to reopen in a safe and responsible way in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic (released 4/28/20)
ReNEW Maryland, a collection of policy proposals that will assist Maryland in overcoming the economic impact of COVID-19 and rebuilding the strength of its economy (released 5/5/20)
To learn more about the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, Maryland’s only statewide business advocacy organization, please click here.
Click here to view up-to-the-minute COVID-19 resources on the Maryland Chamber of Commerce’s COVID-19 resources page.