Legislative, Regulatory and Judicial Issues
- On July 29, 2020, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan issued Maryland Executive Order 20-07-29-01 (“Order”), which, among other things, expanded Maryland’s Face Covering mandate to also include when an individual is obtaining health care services. The order expanding Maryland’s Face Covering mandate is effective at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 31, 2020. To read a summary of of this executive order, click here.
- Effective July 25, 2020, the United States Department of Health and Human Services extended the public health emergency as a result of the continued consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- On May 6, 2020, the Maryland Department of Health issued Amended Directive and Order Regarding Various Healthcare Matters. This Directive and Order addresses various health care matters including the resumption of elective and non-urgent procedures.
- Effective at 7:00 a.m. on May 7, 2020, health care providers may resume elective and non-urgent medical procedures and appointments. Click here to read about what a health care provider must do in order to resume elective and non-urgent procedures and appointments.
- Update on The CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program
- On June 17, 2020, the U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, released two new Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness applications.
- On June 12, the Small Business Administration released a revised Paycheck Protection Program loan application.
- Beginning on April 3, 2020, small businesses and sole proprietorships were able to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program ("PPP").
- An update about the prohibition of elective and non-urgent surgeries, and an information on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
Immunity for Healthcare Providers during COVID-19 Pandemic:
Update on Courts:
- Maryland Courts may resume limited in-person proceedings. All jury trials are suspended and may resume on or after October 5, 2020.
- Virginia Courts may elect to resume in-person proceedings. All jury trials are suspended until October 11, 2020, unless the Supreme Court of Virginia approves a locality’s jury trial resumption plan.
- D.C. Superior Court will conduct certain remote proceedings until November 9, 2020, with the exception of limited in-person criminal proceedings. All jury trials are suspended until further notice.