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FCBIA is working with our local municipalities across Frederick to ensure continued and/or new practices are employed so that inspections and permitting remains in place with a level of predictability to our members during these unprecedented COVID-19 times. Alerts are being sent via email to our members when changes are announced.

 

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State Status: Governor Hogan issued an Executive Order regarding "Essential Businesses". The Businesses, Organizations, and Facilities that may remain open include Residential and Commercial Services. View Interpretive Guidance Document Here, noting Section 2.B. ii-vi.

 

Update 3/30/2020: The Governors Stay-at-Home Executive Order does not change the fact that residential and commercial construction is classified an essential service in Maryland.

In Response to Governor Hogan's mandate presented on Monday, March 30, MBIA provides clarification from the Office of the Law on a few frequently asked questions:

  • If you have employees that commute from neighboring states (Pennsylvania, Virginia etc.) they do not have to follow the 14 day quarantine rule.  This also applies if you have job sights in neighboring states. The primary purpose of this directive is to prevent people from doing nonessential travel where they may get sick.  They are also trying to restrict people from traveling to (or coming back from) the New York region. 

  • They also suggest that Essential employees travel with a letter from their employer stating that they are essential.

  • Remodelers: According to the Office of Law, Remodeling to fall under Construction, so they are still Essential Services and covered.

  • While our industry has been labeled as Essential, we encourage everyone to do as much as possible in a remote/ virtual setting.  We also encourage you to follow the CDC and NAHB Guidlines (see MBIA's website for more information: https://www.marylandbuilders.org/coronajobsafety.html). 

 

The Governor's current goal is to limit public interactions as much as possible and we need to support that as an industry.

 

Update on 4/6/2020

  • Executive Order 20-04-03- Amending and Restating the Order dated March 16, 2020 temporarily prohibiting evictions of tenants suffering substantial loss of income due to Covid-10, and additionally prohibiting certain repossessions, stopping initiation of residential mortgage foreclosures, prohibits commercial evictions and allowing suspension of certain lending limits-  
    This Order amends an order that was issued on March 16th. This order prohibits foreclosures on homes due to the Covid-19 crisis. The order does not relieve borrowers from their obligation to pay back their mortgages. The previous order ordered landlords to not evict any residential tenants during the state of emergency due to the outbreak.  This order also extends to commercial and industrial properties, as well. View Order.

  • Executive Order 20-04-05-02- Delegating Authority to Local Health Officials to Control and Close Unsafe Facilities.  It is imperative the we maintain a safe working environment. This bill authorizes local health departments to determine that a business or construction site is operating as an "Unsafe Facility".  The Order directs the Authorized Local Health Officer to order modification of operations to comply with social distancing guidance, control or prohibits certain activities on some or all of the Unsafe Facility. View Resources Here.  ----- View Order.



















County Status: FREDERICK, MD - The Frederick County Division of Planning and Permitting announced on Friday, March 20 and confirmed in accordance with the Governor's Announcement on Monday, March 23, that they will continue to provide inspection services under the following modified plan: Updated on 3/31/2020 : View Modified Inspection Services


















City Status: From the Department of Public Works - Frederick City has updated their guidance on 3-25-2020- View here. City staff continues to evaluate opportunities to utilize technology across all departments to provide City services to the maximum extent possible. With respect to development review and permitting, the City is developing a plan to restore and continue our services taking advantage of technology while still practicing effective social distancing.














   

FCAR Guidance:   Real Estate transactions are financial transactions and shall therefore be considered essential under FCAR’s interpretation of the CISA Memorandum dated March 19, 2020. As such, FCAR recommends that its members continue their business in keeping with the Order of the Governor of the State of Maryland by reducing contact with other people unless where necessary for the completion of a financial transaction. Transactions that are currently pending may continue to settlement. Those not currently pending will need to be evaluated on a case by case basis with the best interest of the consumer in mind, from all perspectives, health as well as financial wellbeing. Read Full announcement here.

 

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