MRA’s Updates From Annapolis

Face Covering FAQ
The Maryland Department of Commerce has released a comprehensive Face Mask FAQ to answer all of your biggest questions about face coverings, like ‘when must I wear a face covering?’ and ‘what are reasonable accommodations for people who have difficulty wearing facial coverings?’. You can view and download the FAQ here!

Reminder: License and Waiver Extension
While the State of Maryland is within a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Larry Hogan has ordered an extension​ of all driver’s and business licenses, identification cards, permits, handicap placards, and registrations that expire or are eligible for renewal during the state of emergency. This means that they will not expire until the 30th day after the state of emergency has been lifted. You can read an extension bulletin from MDOT here.

Department of Planning 2020 Census
The Maryland Department of Planning Nutrition Assistance Programs Workgroup met on August 26, 2020 to discuss the 2020 Census campaign. You can review the presentation from the meeting here.

Peak Hurricane Season is Here
Peak hurricane season has arrived this week with Hurricane Laura, now weakened to a Tropical Storm. Our partners at MEMA have released the following forecast as we head into the weekend:

BLUF: Chance of thunderstorms and a high heat index through Saturday

-Scattered afternoon showers/storms are possible this afternoon and evening and again Friday afternoon
-The highest risk of storms today is in the Western portion of the State
-A increase risk of severe storms for Saturday afternoon into the evening due to remnants of Hurricane Laura moving across Maryland
-Friday’s heat index could reach 100 degrees or higher 

You can view MEMA’s briefing on Laura here and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Mid-Atlantic River Impacts here.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has also released an amended emergency declaration for Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas, which you can view here.