COVID-19: Resources for Businesses

Montgomery County encourages local businesses to explore all forms of Federal and State assistance that may be available.

Resources to assist in this search include:

Montgomery County Indoor Mask Requirement

Face coverings must be worn indoors in Montgomery County per Montgomery County Board of Health Regulation #19-975.

If you are not vaccinated, find free vaccination clinics at If you feel sick or think you may have been exposed to COVID-19, get tested. Find free testing clinics at

For the latest COVID-19 updates, visit the County’s COVID-19 website and follow Montgomery County on Facebook @MontgomeryCountyInfo and Twitter @MontgomeryCoMD.

Public Health Emergency Grants
Conversion from Conditional to Permanent Status

Montgomery County Public Health Emergency Grants were awarded as conditional grants contingent on recipients meeting program requirements, including the submission of a report documenting how grant funds were used. 

County staff will review a random sampling of Public Health Emergency Grant (PHEG) reports to ensure that the required information was provided. Assuming that there are no major issues, and if applicants have not been contacted individually by the County with follow-up questions, then all PHEG grant recipients can assume that they have met all requirements of the program and that the conditional grant has been converted to a permanent grant.  
Internal staff reviews were completed June 30, so if PHEG grant recipients did not hear from the County by then, they can assume that the PHEG grant has become a permanent grant.


COVID-19 Requirements Established by Businesses and Organizations

Private businesses and organizations have the right to set and enforce policies regarding the use of face coverings in their facilities and requirements for employees to be vaccinated as long as they in compliance with current public health orders. Business owners are encouraged to consult with an attorney to ensure they are in compliance with Federal and State law.
Please refer to Federal and State guidance for additional information:

Maryland Relief Act

Small Business Assistance Programs

As part of the bipartisan Relief Act of 2021, the Maryland Department of Commerce will provide funding through programs targeting specific groups of businesses.


Important Updates on Unemployment Benefits

Includes self-employed, independent contractors, “gig” workers.

Continued Assistance for Unemployed Workers Act Unemployment Insurance Programs

On December 27, the federal COVID-19 relief package, called the “Continued Assistance for Unemployed Workers Act” that extends the CARES Act programs and provides additional federal unemployment benefits, was signed into law.

Read the details of the Continued Assistance for Unemployed Workers Act

Visit the Maryland Department of Labor Division of Unemployment for additional information. 

Additional Business Resources: