For immediate release:
April 24, 2020
Contact: Erin Montgomery
This afternoon, Governor Larry Hogan unveiled his “Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery”—his plan to gradually and responsibly get our economy moving again in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The plan is built on four building blocks that are necessary for Maryland to move toward recovery: 1) expanded testing capacity; 2) increased hospital surge operations; 3) access to sufficient PPE for frontline healthcare workers; and 4) a robust contact tracing program. In addition, the plan outlines three phases for re-opening the economy that will assign activities and businesses to categories designated by the American Enterprise Institute’s Guidance for Governors report.
Christine Ross, president and CEO of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, issued the following statement in response:
We are continually grateful for Governor Larry Hogan’s steadfast leadership throughout this unprecedented health crisis. The plan he unveiled today lays out many important steps for maintaining public health and safety, and describes what a gradual re-opening of the economy will look like. We, like the governor, want to see Marylanders get back to work safely. We will continue to engage our membership to fully leverage their expertise in this area, and we hope that the governor will do the same as he continues to make vital decisions about the future of the economy.
During today’s press conference, Maryland Secretary of Commerce Kelly Schulz described an effort by her department to engage the business community in providing input on how to safely return to work. The Maryland Chamber of Commerce is grateful to be a part of that effort, and we will continue to tirelessly advocate for our membership in these ongoing discussions. Through its COVID-19 Working Group, the Maryland Chamber of Commerce is working on its own Safe Workplace: Baselines and Best Practices, which will be available in the coming days.
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Click here to view up-to-the-minute COVID-19 resources on the Maryland Chamber of Commerce’s COVID-19 resources page.