ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES - SOCIAL DISTANCING COMPLIANCE

**ATTENTION ALL ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES**

On April 5, 2020 Governor Larry Hogan signed Executive Order No. 20-04-05-02. This Executive Order delegates authority to County Health Officers. If an Authorized Health Official determines that a business, organization, establishment, facility, or construction site in his/her political subdivision is an “Unsafe Facility”, and the business is unable or unwilling to operate in a manner that does not pose an unreasonable risk of exacerbating the spread of COVID-19 (including, without limitation, as a result of non-compliance with Social Distancing Guidance), the Authorized Health Official is hereby authorized and directed to issue such orders as may be necessary to:

a. require the Unsafe Facility to modify its operations to comply with Social Distancing Guidance; or

b. designate all or part of the Unsafe Facility as a zone in which the occupancy and use of buildings may be controlled, and prohibit or limit the movement of individuals and/or vehicles into, in, or from the Unsafe Facility, including without limitation, by closing the Unsafe Facility.

Each law enforcement officer of the State or a political subdivision shall execute and enforce this Order, and any order issued by a county health officer. The Mount Airy Police Department will be working with our Health Officers in both Carroll and Frederick County to enforce this Executive Order.

The Mount Airy Police Department remains dedicated to protecting the safety and property of our citizens and business community. The Town of Mount Airy is committed to the successful and continued operation of those businesses classified as essential and is providing guidance to ensure essential services may continue in a safe and efficient manner that will eliminate the spread of COVID-19. We have provided below two documents to aid our businesses and inform the public of the enacted measures for essential businesses to continue operating in compliance with the Executive Order. If you have any questions or would like to report a business that is operating outside the guidelines, please contact the Carroll County Health Department at 410-876-4848 or the Frederick County Health Department at 301-600-1029.

Additional information can be found at the below CDC website regarding social distancing and additional guidelines for businesses:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html