What are we doing?
The Maryland Wineries Association is committed to the health and safety of each of our members, partners, supporters, and event attendees. Currently, there are no changes to the upcoming Maryland Wineries Association events. Any determination regarding the cancellation or postponement of our events will be guided by the input and expertise of federal, state, county, and local health professionals and administrations. Any changes to the event schedule will be communicated via our website and social media channels.
Members of the Maryland Wineries Association have individual response policies in their wineries and tasting rooms. Check with individual wineries for updates to their daily schedules, event activities, and product availability.
What can you do?
Current recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) are to:
- Remain vigilant with handwashing and to wash hands often:
- Use soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
- Stay home if you’re sick:
- Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
- Cover coughs and sneezes:
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
- Throw used tissues in the trash.
- Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Public response to COVID-19 will have a large impact on small, local businesses throughout Maryland. Consider supporting Maryland businesses as you make preparations.
What can wineries do?
While tasting rooms at Maryland wineries are closed for on-premise service, wineries are able to sell bottles of wine for consumers to take for consumption off-premise. Many wineries are offering “curbside” pickup options, mitigating interactions in closed spaces. Other wineries in the state offer direct-to-consumer shipping options. During this time, we ask that you support Maryland wineries and their staff by doing the following:
- Check if the hours at your local winery tasting room have been altered by the state’s COVID-19 guidelines.
- Find out if your local winery is offering a curbside pickup option.
- Check with your favorite wineries to determine who offers wine, shipped directly to your address – UPDATED INFORMATION HERE.
- If your local retailer is open for business, ask them to stock your favorite Maryland wine.
The Maryland Wineries Association and our members appreciate your ongoing commitment to supporting Maryland wine. Please check with individual wineries to learn about their responses to COVID-19.
The Maryland Wineries Association