Governor Larry Hogan has announced the beginning of Stage One of the ‘Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery,’ which includes moving from a Stay at Home order to a Safer at Home public health advisory and the gradual reopenings of retail, manufacturing, houses of worship, and some personal services.

Stage One will be implemented with a flexible, community-based approach that empowers individual jurisdictions to make decisions regarding the timing of reopenings.

“As we begin Stage One of our recovery, I want to assure every Marylander who may feel uneasy, and anyone who is concerned that we are moving either too quickly or too slowly, that each and every decision we make is both fact-based and science-based and made only after extensive consultation with our expert Coronavirus Recovery Team,” said Governor Hogan. “We are continually monitoring this crisis, we remain focused on the clusters, outbreaks, and hotspots, and I can assure you that we remain ready to quickly and decisively respond to any changes in the facts on the ground, and that we will continue to attack this virus with every single tool at our disposal.”

View the slides from the press conference. 

SAFER AT HOME. Effective Friday, May 15, at 5:00 pm, Maryland will move from a Stay at Home order to a Safer at Home public health advisory.

Marylanders, particularly older and more vulnerable Marylanders, are strongly advised to continue staying home as much as possible. Employers should continue to encourage telework for their employees when possible. Individuals who can work from home should continue to do so. Maryland citizens should continue wearing masks in indoor public areas, retail stores, and on public transportation. Additionally, Marylanders should continue practicing physical distancing, continue avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people, keep washing their hands often, and frequently sanitize high-touch areas.

LOCAL FLEXIBILITY FOR JURISDICTIONS. Governor Hogan’s ‘Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery’ provides a flexible and community-based approach which empowers county leaders to make decisions regarding the timing of Stage One reopening in their individual jurisdictions. Read the new order here.

RETAIL STORES. Governor Hogan announced that retail stores may reopen at up to 50 percent capacity, with curbside pickup and delivery strongly encouraged, and all public health precautions in place. Examples of businesses that may reopen include clothing and shoe stores, pet groomers, animal adoption shelters, car washes, art galleries, and bookstores.

MANUFACTURING. Governor Hogan announced manufacturing may resume operations in a safe manner which protects the health of employees, with guidelines encouraging multiple shifts and other safety precautions.

CHURCHES AND HOUSES OF WORSHIP. Churches and houses of worship may begin to safely hold religious services, at up to 50 percent capacity, with outdoor services strongly encouraged. Religious leaders are strongly urged to do everything possible to keep their congregants safe, and particularly to protect the elderly and vulnerable within their congregations.

PERSONAL SERVICES. Some personal services, including barber shops and hair salons, may reopen with up to 50 percent capacity, by appointment only and with appropriate health and safety guidelines.

‘BACK TO BUSINESS.’ Businesses that adopt all safety guidelines are encouraged to take a ‘Back to Business’ pledge.

West Virginia Strong:

The Comeback


Current schedule:​
Week 1 –​ Thursday, April 30 (underway)
Week 2 – Monday, May 4 (underway)
Week 3 – Monday, May 11 (underway)
Week 4 – Thursday, May 21
Week 5 – Tuesday, May 26
Week 6 – Monday, June 1
Week 7 – Monday, June 8
(Exceptions may apply. See below for details.)
Guidance for West Virginia businesses permitted to open in Week 1 (Thursday, April 30, 2020)
  • Elective medical procedures at hospitals as approved by West Virginia DHHR 
  • Daycares, provided that enhanced testing procedures are put in place
  • Outpatient health care operations regulated by Licensing Boards contained in WV Code Chapter 30​

Guidance for West Virginia businesses permitted to open in Week 2 (Monday, May 4, 2020)

Guidance for West Virginia businesses permitted to open in Week 3 (Monday, May 11, 2020 – unless otherwise noted)



Guidance for West Virginia businesses permitted to open in Week 4 (Thursday, May 21, 2020 – unless otherwise noted)

Note for lodging facilities: The executive order requiring out-of-state travelers to self-quarantine will be lifted in Week 4. In accordance with this change, additional guidance documents are available for hotels, motels, condo hotels, rental properties, and cabins.

Guidance for West Virginia businesses permitted to open in Week 5 (Tuesday, May 26, 2020)

  • State Park cabins and lodges (In-state residents only) (Guidance documents will be provided when they become available)

Guidance for West Virginia businesses permitted to open in Week 6 (Monday, June 1, 2020)

  • (Guidance documents will be provided when they become available)

Guidance for West Virginia businesses permitted to open in Week 7 (Monday, June 8, 2020)

  • Low-contact outdoor youth sports (Guidance documents will be provided when they become available)

Posted April, 2020

Allegany County Public Schools are transitioning to an online/alternative learning platform, which will take effect the week of April 6 and continue through at least April 24. 

Posted Friday, March 27, 2020

Allegany County Public Schools are working on a plan to provide learning packets to students who do not have online connectivity or technology.  Parents and guardians may receive a phone message from their child’s principal next week to see if your child will need a learning packet.  
Online learning will begin on April 6th for students who have connectivity and technology.  Learning Packets will be distributed the week of April 6th for those without connectivity or technology. 
During the week of March 30-April 3, supplemental activities will be provided through the ACPS website/crisis management site.  Please be patient as ACPS staff work through these necessary transitions to an online learning platform and learning packets.  

Allegany County Transit will stop running all colored route bus service starting Monday, 3/30. FSU Evening and Saturday shuttles will be have a modified schedule. Watch for updates coming soon.

For essential transportation needs please call 301-724-1255.  

Grace United Methodist, Midland, has canceled services through April.


Posted Thursday, March 26, 2020

All access to UPMC Western Maryland will be restricted to the Medical Arts Center (MAC) entrance. This entrance is located at the rear of the hospital adjacent to the parking garage. 

The Friends Aware Day Program will remain closed through April 24.  Administrative offices remain open. 

With the closure of schools due to COVID-19, all areas managed by Allegany County Public Schools are off limits to individuals. This includes school tracks, tennis courts, playgrounds, Greenway Avenue Stadium, football, soccer, baseball and softball fields, gymnasiums, weight rooms, and all other indoor and outdoor areas managed by the school system. Please refrain from utilizing these locations throughout the duration of the mandated closure.

On Monday, March 30, 2020, ACPS early college students will begin or resume completion of their Allegany College of Maryland (ACM) spring semester college course(s) via an online platform. ACM is requiring this action as a result of the recent closure of ACM and ACPS due to the coronavirus pandemic. Early college students must finish their coursework through the online platform and must obtain a passing grade to earn college credit(s) from ACM. This also includes P-TECH students who are taking a college course(s) through ACM for the spring semester.

Due to the COVID-19 virus, Allegany Hearing & Balance will be open for emergencies only until April 3rd. If you have an emergency, please call the office and schedule an appointment and they will instruct you on what to do.


Posted Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Maryland Public Schools will remain closed through April 24. 2020.

Bishop Walsh School will remain closed through April 24, 2020.

West Virginia Public Schools will be closed until April 20, 2020

Posted Tuesday, March 24, 2020

In response to the coronavirus pandemic Highland Arts Unlimited is rescheduling Seldom Scene, the final show of the season until 2021.
West Virginia University has closed its campuses making the auditorium at the Church-McKee Arts Center at Potomac State College unavailable for the planned April 25 performance. 

Due to the Proclamation of Governor Lawrence Hogan, Jr. dated March 5, 2020
proclaiming a state of emergency and a catastrophic health emergency related to
COVID-19, the Cumberland Historic Preservation Commission’s April 8, 2020
meeting has been cancelled.  All Certificates of Appropriateness requiring review by the Historic Preservation  Commission (HPC) will be deferred to the May 13, 2020 meeting pending the status of the COVID-19 health emergency. Staff will continue to review.  Applications for a Certificate of Appropriateness for projects involving only “in-

kind” replacement during this period.

The retail store of Uptown Hound will be open limited hours.  Monday through Friday 12-6 PM, Saturday 10-2 PM.  The salon is closed

The Cumberland Country Club Golf Course is shut down for the time being. The Food and Beverage Services will remain open on a To Go only basis. 

Posted Monday, March 23, 2020

All services and events at Park Place United Methodist Church in LaVale including the Rummage Sale and Pancake Breakfast.

Posted Friday, March 20, 2020

All buildings at each of the 24 local Maryland Departments of Social Services (DSS) are closed to the public, until further notice

Queen City Motors will be closed from March 19-April 1, 2020

Allegany County Public Schools Pre K, K & 1st Grade registration

scheduled for April 2nd & 3rd postponed

Midland Municipal Election has been postponed until further notice

Barton Vietnam Veterans Day on March 29

Flintstone Pantry On The Go on March 24th

Fort Hill Class of '54 Monthly Lunches until further notice

Beall High School Class of '66 luncheon on March 27th

Mike Walters Christian Firefighters Prayer Breakfast on April 4th 

Bountiful Blessings on March 26th

Posted Thursday, March 19, 2020

Cumberland City Hall is closed

Allegany County Office Building is closed to the public

All MD shopping malls and entertainment venues are closed, public transit restricted

The Allegany County Public Schools' Food Service Department will offer three meals per day for students, including breakfast, lunch, and a snack, beginning March 23. All meals will continue to be available at all 21 schools from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. All three meals may be picked up at the same time. As has been the policy this week, meals may be picked up by parents/students at any of the schools (even if they are not enrolled in that school) during the scheduled pick-up times.

Frostburg State University residence halls will NOT reopen this weekend. (They had been scheduled to reopen for some students on Sunday, March 22.) No exceptions will be granted without the express approval of the Vice President for Student Affairs, Dr. Artie Lee Travis, requested via email to studentaffairs@frostburg.eduAccess cards will not work for those not pre-approved, and students who are home should stay there.  Students who stayed on campus during spring break may remain, but if they want to return home, they should do so.  The University is open and instruction will continue after spring break. CLASSES will shift to online instruction — no face-to-face classes — through April 6. Many public services may be restricted. Please contact areas by email or phone before in-person visits. 

New Germany State Park's EGGstreme Easter Egg Hunt on April 11 is canceled.

The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia is closed.

W.Va. DNR cancels hunter education classes.

Posted Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Thursday's Frostburg City Council meeting will be held at 4:00 PM in City Hall.  However, members of the public will not be able to attend.  The meeting will be streamed on the city Facebook page to comply with the Maryland Open Meetings Act

Senior Centers in Allegany County have been closed in an effort to stop the spread of the virus.  The agency will continue to serve clients.

All branches of the Allegany County Library System are closed through March 29th.

The Allegany County Arts Council is closed.

The Allegany County Chamber of Commerce has postponed its Lucky Ladies Night Out to April 24th.

Allegany County will suspend its recylcling program as of March 20th at 4:00 PM.

All Super Shoes locations in Maryland are closed, following guidance from the CDC.  They expect to reopen when the state advised shutdown is lifted.

Martin's Food Market has adjusted its hours to 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM to allow for sanitizing, deliveries, and shelve stocking.  To support customers who are 60 and older, who are most vulnerable to the Coronavirus, the stores will be open from 6-7 AM for those customers only.

Announcements for: Sunday, March 15, 2020

All Catholic Masses in the Archdiocese of Baltimore are cancelled TFN

All Episcopalian Services in the Diocese of Maryland are canceled TFN

Grace United Methodist Church in Midland has canceled services on 3/15 & 22

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints services cancelled until further notice.

**Schools, programs & events are listed as open

until we confirm otherwise**

School Announcements for Upcoming Weeks

Name Status Notes
Allegany County Schools


Closed 3/16-27/20
Bedford Area Schools


Closed 3/16-3/27/20
Berkeley County Schools   Closed 3/16-3/27/20
Bishop Walsh School   Closed 3/16-27/20
Calvary Christian Academy & Daycare   Closed 3/16-3/27/20
Everett Area Schools   Closed 3/16-3/27/20
Garrett County Schools   Closed 3/16-27/20
Grant County Schools   Closed thru at least 3/27/20
Hampshire County Schools   Closed thru at least 3/27/20
Hardy County Schools   Closed thru at least 3/27/20
Hope for Hyndman Charter School   Closed 
Lighthouse Christian Academy    
Mineral County Schools   Closed thru at least 3/27/20 
Morgan County Schools   Closed thru at least 3/27/20
Washington County Schools   Closed 3/16-27/20
WV School for the Deaf & Blind    
Allegany College of Maryland


Spring Break Extended through 3/22/20 – see website for details
Frostburg State University   Students may return to campus after Spring Break…on 3/22/20…but may remain home.  Class switch to online thru at least 4/6/20. 
Potomac State College of WV  

Sping Break 3/16-20/20

In Person Classes Suspended the week after Spring Break

Garrett College   Spring Break Extended now runs 3/16-3/29/20


Child/Adult Day Cares – Senior Centers

Name Status Notes
Allegany County Headstart Centers    
Learning Tree Preschool    
Humpty Dumpty    
Willow Creek Adult Day Care    
Georges Creek Adult Day Care    
Cumberland Covenant House    
Friends Aware Day Program    
UC2 Day Program    
HRDC Senior Centers


Spectrum Support Day Program    
Cumberland Street Headstart    
Goodwill Industries Day Program    



Name Status Notes
Maryland State Employess & Offices Liberal Leave For Garrett Co. Employees Only.  
Allegany County District Court    
Allegany County Circuit Court    
Garrett County District Court


Allegany County Health Department    
Allegany County Library    
Keyser/Burlington/Ft.Ashby Libraries    
Express Medical Transport    
Social Security Offices    
Allegany County Transit  


Blind Industries of Maryland    
Interfaith Food Pantry in Cumberland    
Western MD Food Bank    
Riverside YMCA of Cumberland    
Childrens Medical Group    
Maryland State Highway Admin    
Braddock Medical Group    
Stepping Stone Animal Society    
Chapman & Associates    
Algar Federal Credit Union    
Allegany Hearing & Balance    
Grace UM – Midland Closed until further notice  










Announcements for:  

Name Status Note