On April 15, 2020, Executive Order 20-04-15-01 was issued and requires the use of face coverings by employees and patrons in retail and food service establishments in Maryland. We sought guidance from the State on whether or not this Executive Order applies to hotels.
Below is clarification received from the Maryland Attorney General’s office:
The Executive Order specifically addresses “Retail Establishments” and lists some representative businesses that fit in that category. None of the listed businesses include hotels (i.e. “Food service Establishments”, and “Public Transportation” are listed).
Hotels are not retail nor are they food service per the definition in the Order. If the Hotel has food service that sells food via carry-out, drive-through, or delivery, the Governor’s Executive Order would apply to the food service part alone. If the Health Department determines that additional industries or businesses need masks, under the Local Health Officer Designation, these other businesses may be required to wear them.
Important updates from MHLA were shared with all members in a letter sent via email on April 17, 2020. It included information about dues billing, postponement of our Annual Meeting, our Final 2020 Legislative report, COVID-19 resources on our website and our involvement in recovery.
If you are a member of MHLA and did not receive the letter, please contact us to request a copy.
Know we are working harder than ever on your behalf, and we are sympathetic to the needs of Maryland’s lodging industry at this time.
President & CEO
Maryland Hotel Lodging Association
We are pleased to share the webinar below, provided by Heartland Payment Systems, a Silver Partner of MHLA, on COVID-19 HR Guidance and Best Practices. Feedback on this webinar has been excellent and we hope you will find it useful.
Dear Valued Heartland Client,
We want to provide the recording of our COVID-19 HR Guidance and Best Practices Webinar, which was hosted last week. During this 45-minute informational session, Kara Govro, Senior Legal Editor, addresses some of the most common HR questions relating to COVID-19. Kara also shares resources and best practices on topics including work-from-home policies, FMLA and PTO.
We look forward to being of service as we work through this challenging environment together.
April 1, 2020
Thank you to our national partner, the American Hotel & Lodging Association, for providing the updates below. Click here for the complete message from AH&LA President & CEO Chip Rogers. Key points are also below.