Governor Hogan Issued Executive Order Requiring Non-Essential Businesses to Close

Posted By: Jessie Keller Member Outreach ,

This morning (March 23rd), Governor Hogan announced a new executive order requiring non-essential businesses to close starting at 5 pm this evening. MMHA sent a letter to Governor Hogan on Friday requesting that our industry be deemed as essential in the event of additional business closures. We appreciate his response and understanding that the services our industry provides are critical to the safety of our residents. We also appreciate Governor Hogan's additional measures taken to address the spread of the COVID-19 virus and protect the satety of all Marylanders.

Based on the Governor's Office of Legal Counsel's Interpretive Guidance and after reviewing CISA's federal critical infrastructure sectors resource, it is our belief, that under paragraph 2B of the order, leasing and property management companies, and affiliates that serve the industry, are deemed essential employees and can continue to work at this time. 

MMHA encourages members to enact the most effective safety measures for maintenance workers, associate companies, and property management staff who need to work. This morning, NAA released a micro webinar on How to Handle Maintenance During COVID-19 for property management professionals. Please continue to check MMMHA's COVID-19 Resource Page for updates and critical information. 

Please let MMHA Government Affairs Team, Aaron Greenfield (agreenfield@mmhaonline.org) or Jessie Keller (jkeller@mmhaonline.org), know if you have any questions.