Regional Roundup

Vaccine rollouts continue to progress around the region while Maryland's legislative session gets underway this week.

Virginia
Virginia moved to Phase 1B of vaccinations as of Monday. The state has launched an interactive website that allows individuals to find out which phase they are eligible for and which phase their county or city is in. The state lists the financial sector under Phase 1C.

The District
DC began vaccinating residents 65 and older on Monday. The city’s three week “pause” on certain activities, which was set to expire this week, have now been extended to January 22 by Mayor Muriel Bowser.  The restrictions include:
• No indoor dining for restaurants. Outdoor dining and carryout/delivery services are allowed.
• Museums in the District will be closed.
• Libraries will only be open for pick up and drop off options
• The D.C. Circulator route around the National Mall will be suspended
• Non-essential businesses are required to telework, except in-person staff needed to do minimal business tasks

Maryland
Maryland Governor Hogan is proposing emergency legislation to be introduced on Wednesday, the first day of the state’s legislative session. The stimulus package, called the RELIEF Act of 2021, would provide more than $265 million in stimulus payments to 400,000 low-income Marylanders to be distributed as $750 checks to families and $450 checks to individuals. An additional $180 million would go toward tax relief and unemployment for Maryland residents. Hogan is also proposing $300 million in small business tax relief. The proposal stipulates that there should be no sudden increases in unemployment taxes for small businesses.