Under a law passed by the General Assembly (Maryland Code Ann. Health-General § 24-209), persons who have been judged by their health care provider to have an eligible medical condition can use a card signed by the provider to use a non-public toilet facility in a retail establishment.
Eligible medical conditions include: Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, inflammatory bowel diseases, conditions that require the use of an ostomy device, or other conditions that require immediate access to a toilet facility.
The law specifies that:
The card is for the affected person only, and should not be used by anyone else. It should be signed by a licensed health care provider.
It applies to establishments that have a toilet facility available for its employees;
A total of three or more employees must be working at the retail establishment at the time the customer requests the use of a non-public toilet facility;
The request to use a non-public toilet facility must be made during normal business hours; and
The customer must verify their eligibility by producing an identification card
that is issued by the Department and signed by the customer’s health care provider.