Skip Navigation

Image of the Baltimore County Historic Courthouse

COVID-19 Coronavirus Updates and Guidance

The County is taking a number of actions to keep residents safe and minimize the spread of COVID-19. Find status information for County operations and services.

Baltimore County News

Stay informed of what's happening in Baltimore County.
Keyword: county executive johnny olszewski

Retailers May Open for Curbside and Delivery Service, Personal Services and Religious Institutions Remain Closed, Prohibition on Gatherings of More than 10 Remains in Place

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced actions to protect residents and communities and minimize the spread of COVID-19.

“Jurisdictions like Baltimore County must do what’s in the best interest of our communities with the health and safety of our residents at the top of that list,” Olszewski said. “After examining the available data and consulting with our public health team, it’s clear that we are not yet in a position to safely move toward a significant reopening.”

County Executive Olszewski will issue an executive order tomorrow stating that effective Friday, May 15, at 5 p.m., Baltimore County will take the following actions:

Prohibition of 10 or More Extended

County Executive Olszewski’s executive action to prohibit gatherings or events to 10 or more people at all locations and venues will remain in place.

Retail Stores Curbside Pickup

County Executive Olszewski announced that retail stores that were previously closed in Baltimore County may reopen for curbside pickup and delivery only. There will be no in-store retail permitted aside from those retail establishments already considered essential. Shopping malls must continue to stay closed. All public health precautions should remain in place during pickup and delivery.

Remaining Manufacturing to Reopen

Under Maryland’s previous orders, the vast majority of manufacturing firms in Baltimore County were considered essential and remained open. Beginning Friday at 5 p.m., the remaining manufacturing operations—most of them small businesses—may resume operations in a safe manner which protects the health of employees, with guidelines encouraging multiple shifts and other safety precautions.

In-Person Religious Institutions Remain Closed

Until further notice, religious institutions may not begin holding worship services and ceremonies indoors. The restriction on gatherings of more than 10 people remains in place—and those restrictions will continue to apply to religious gatherings.

Personal Services Remain Closed

Until further notice, all personal services establishments, including barbershops, nail salons, and hair salons, must remain closed.

Residents Should Continue to Stay Home

Residents and visitors to Baltimore County should continue to stay at home unless they are traveling to work or medical appointments, shopping for groceries or picking up other retail goods, or traveling to outdoor recreational opportunities. Older and more vulnerable residents are strongly advised to continue staying home as much as possible.

Residents and visitors should practice safe physical distancing and wear masks in public, and frequently wash their hands and sanitize high-touch areas.

Employers should continue to encourage telework for their employees when possible. Individuals who can work from home should continue to do so.

Next Steps will be Determined in the Next 24 Hours

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski and Baltimore City Mayor Bernard C. "Jack" Young today issued the following statement following Governor Larry Hogan's announcement:

"Our top priority is to protect the health and well-being of our people. As Governor Hogan has acknowledged, there is not a statewide, one-size fits all approach to achieving that goal, and just four jurisdictions have 72 percent of the state’s COVID-19 cases. Baltimore City and Baltimore County are two of those jurisdictions. A flexible, community-based approach is necessary to empower individual jurisdictions to make decisions regarding timing of Phase One re-openings.

For the Baltimore region to safely move into all of Phase One, we need more access to personal protective equipment, as well as increased testing capacity and more robust contact tracing. We’ve seen some progress in each of these areas, but we have to do even more.

We are taking a close look at the specific actions announced today, and we will determine our next steps in the next 24 hours. We acknowledge that this will not be welcome news to all of our residents. Individuals and businesses continue to make real sacrifices, and those sacrifices are preventing the spread of a deadly virus. However, rushing to reopen in our large, densely populated jurisdictions jeopardizes the lives of our neighbors and loved ones.

As we work towards re-opening as soon and as safely as we can, we continue to urge residents to stay at home, wear a mask in public spaces and to remain socially-distanced if they go out. We will continue to be there for each other, and we will get through this together."

National Guard to Support Meal Distribution; Saturday Meal Distribution Expanding to 30 Sites; Baltimore County Announces Hiring Freeze for Non-essential Employees

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced a series of aggressive new efforts to expand Baltimore County’s coordinated response to the COVID-19 pandemic: 

  • The Maryland Army National Guard will support food distribution efforts following a request from the County.
  • Baltimore County is significantly expanding the number of sites for Saturday meal distribution.
  • Olszewski has implemented a freeze on non-essential hiring.

Maryland Army National Guard to Support County’s Food Distribution Efforts

Maryland Army National Guard troops will support the County’s food distribution operations and continue to provide additional planning and logistical support to enhance the County’s emergency response.

“These are neighbors from our communities here to help us in our time of need. We are so grateful for the Guard’s commitment as our County continues to respond to this unprecedented pandemic,” Olszewski said.

Beginning Friday, April 10, National Guard troops will support weekday meal distribution at all seven Department of Recreation and Parks locations. Full details on weekday meal distribution will be available at

Beginning Saturday, April 11, National Guard troops will support Saturday meal distribution at all Saturday distribution locations, including new locations. Full details on Saturday meal distribution will be available at

Olszewski previously requested the Maryland National Guard to provide humanitarian and emergency management assistance to County government.

County to Significantly Expand Saturday Meal Distribution Sites

To support food insecure families amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Olszewski also announced that the County is significantly expanding the number of locations for its Saturday food distribution program.

This week, Baltimore County will purchase 23,100 frozen, prepacked meals to distribute to food insecure residents at 30 sites across the County. Sites were identified through data-analysis by Baltimore County and the National Guard based on prior meal distribution. Previously, Baltimore County was providing weekend distribution at 11 sites.

“Ensuring every County resident has enough to eat during this crisis is a top priority,” Olszewski said. “Thanks to the Guard’s support, we can do even more for Baltimore County’s families and we’ll continue to work hand-in-hand to help provide food security, reduce the spread of the virus, and save lives.”

On Saturday, April 11, at 11 a.m., meals will be distributed on a first come, first served basis at the following locations: 

  • Arbutus Community Center
    865 Sulphur Spring Road, Halethorpe, Maryland 21227
  • Bear Creek Elementary School
    1607 Melbourne Road, Dundalk, Maryland 21222
  • Cockeysville PAL Center
    9836 Greenside Drive, Cockeysville, Maryland 21030
  • Colgate Elementary School—Distribution will take place in cul de sac on 51st Street.
    401 51st Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21224
  • Dundalk PAL Center
    15 Commerce Place Dundalk, Maryland 21222
  • Eastern Regional Park
    11723 Eastern Avenue Baltimore, Maryland 21220
  • Edgemere Elementary School
    7201 North Point Road, Edgemere, Maryland 21219
  • Edmondson Heights Elementary School
    1600 Langford Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21207
  • Fullerton Elementary School
    4400 Fullerton Avenue, Nottingham, Maryland 21236
  • Grange Elementary School
    2000 Church Road, Dundalk, Maryland 21222
  • Halethorpe Elementary School
    4300 Maple Avenue, Halethorpe, Maryland 21227
  • Hereford Senior Center
    510 Monkton Road, Monkton, Maryland 21111
  • Hillcrest Elementary School
    1500 Frederick Road, Catonsville, Maryland 21228
  • Hillendale PAL Center
    1111 Halstead Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21234
  • Lansdowne Elementary School
    2301 Alma Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21227
  • Mars Estates PAL Center
    1498 East Homberg Avenue Baltimore, Maryland 21221
  • Martin Boulevard Elementary School
    210 Riverton Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21220
  • Parkville Middle School
    8711 Avondale Road, Parkville, Maryland 21234
  • Perry Hall Elementary School
    9021 Belair Road, Nottingham, Maryland 21236
  • Randallstown Elementary School
    9013 Liberty Road, Randallstown, Maryland 21133
  • Reisterstown Senior Center
    12035 Reisterstown Road, Reisterstown, Maryland 21136
  • Rogers Forge Elementary School
    250 Dumbarton Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21212
  • Scotts Branch PAL Center
    3651 Rolling Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21244
  • Shady Spring PAL Center
    8876 Goldenwood Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21237
  • Warren Elementary School
    900 Bosley Road, Cockeysville, Maryland 21030
  • West Town Elementary School
    401 Harlem Lane, Catonsville, Maryland 21228
  • Western Tech High School
    100 Kenwood Avenue, Catonsville, Maryland 21228
  • Winfield PAL Center
    8304 Carlson Lane, Baltimore, Maryland 21244
  • Woodbridge Elementary School
    1410 Pleasant Valley Drive, Baltimore, Maryland 21228
  • Woodmoor PAL Center
    7111 Croydon Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21207

Meals are being prepared by the following Baltimore County caterers: Black & Gold Catering in Towson, Classic Catering in Owings Mills, Martin's Caterers in Windsor Mill, Rouge Fine Catering in Hunt Valley, and Zeffert and Gold in Owings Mills.

This is the latest effort from Baltimore County to promote food security for Baltimore County families. 

Weekday Meals

The Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks is continuing to offer limited take-away meals from 4 to 6 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at seven different locations on a first come first serve basis. More information is available at

BCPS Meals

Baltimore County Public Schools is continuing to provide BCPS students. For the latest information, please visit the BCPS Coronavirus Updates page.

Food Distribution Sites Map

Baltimore County has released the Food Distribution Sites Map providing information about food pantries and locations offering free meals throughout the County.

BaltCo To-Go Map

The County has released the BaltCo To-Go Map, allowing restaurants to self-report whether they are offering carryout and delivery services.


Residents with questions or who need assistance with food access can call 410-887-2594 or email

Seniors, or individuals contacting us on behalf of a senior with food access needs, can call 410-887-2594 or email

County Executive Olszewski Announces Hiring Freeze 

In anticipation of budget pressures as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced that he has directed the Office of Budget and Finance to implement an immediate freeze on all non-essential hiring in County government.

The non-essential hiring freeze includes all positions except for first responders including Police officers, Firefighters, EMTs, Paramedics, 911 staff, Sheriff's deputies, Correctional officers and public health and human services workers responding to the  COVID-19 crisis.

“We are in uncharted territory. While we do not know the full economic impact of this crisis, Baltimore County must take immediate and aggressive actions,” Olszewski added. “This is not an easy decision, but a fiscally responsible one. We will continue to prioritize our employees while continuing to provide essential government services for our residents.”

As a result of the impact of COVID-19, Baltimore County government currently projects that local revenues will decline by tens of millions of dollars in FY21.

Olszewski will announce his FY21 budget on Tuesday, April 14.

Revised September 11, 2017