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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.

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Further Expansion of the County’s Coordinated Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Baltimore County today announced new efforts to further expand Baltimore County’s coordinated response to the COVID-19 pandemic and to promote social distancing and slow the spread of the virus.

County Government Building Restrictions

Effective immediately, and until further notice, Baltimore County Government will implement the following building procedures and restrictions:

  1. Visitor access to all Towson Complex Office Buildings, including the County Office Building (COB), Office of Human Resources, Historic Courthouse and the Jefferson Building are now by appointment only. Refer to the table below for contact information for all relevant departments. Signs are posted at all entrances announcing this policy.
  1. All visitors, and those seeking appointments, will be asked the following screening questions on the phone and upon entrance to all buildings:
  • Do you have any of the following symptoms:
    • Fever?
    • Cough?
    • Shortness of breath?
  • Are you or anyone that you’ve had close contact with suspected of having COVID-19 (coronavirus)?
  1. Payments for property taxes, water bills, parking, red light and speed camera tickets as well as pet licenses can be made online by visiting the Make a Payment page. There is a convenient payment (check only) collection drop-box located outside of Room 150 of the Historic Courthouse.

Updates to this new practice may be changed at any time, and it is suggested that all visitors contact the department that you plan visit to confirm your appointment.

Department Name Direct Number to Schedule an Appointment
Aging
(Appointments preferred, but not mandatory)
410-887-2594
Budget and Finance:
Payments
410-887-2404
Economic and Workforce Development 410-887-8000
Environmental Protection and Sustainability 410-887-3733
Health and Human Services:
Food Service Permits Only
410-887-FOOD (3663)
Health and Human Services:
COVID-19 Related Questions
410-887-3816
Human Resources 410-887-3135
Liquor Board 410-887-3191
Permits, Approvals and Inspections

General Inquiries – 410-887-3353

Permits Only – 410-887-3900

Planning 410-887-3211
Public Works 410-887-3306

Fast-Tracking Approvals for Bar and Restaurant Alcohol Delivery

Additionally, to ensure local businesses impacted by Maryland’s closure of bars and restaurants can continue to support employees and provide service, Baltimore County today also announced a decision to temporarily allow establishments to deliver alcoholic beverages to citizens in Baltimore County. To be granted this privilege, establishments must:

  • Hold a Class A, B, or D license, and
  • Have no prior convictions of selling to an underage person in the past 3 years.

Establishments that meet these criteria must send an email requesting delivery rights to liquorboard@baltimorecountymd.gov and Baltimore County will grant formal written approval.

Establishments must adhere to Rule 9 of the Licensed Premises of the Board’s Rules and Regulations (PDF).

Establishments with questions can visit the Board of Liquor License Commissioners page or contact the Baltimore County Liquor Board at 410-887-3191 to learn more.

Other Protective Measures

These are the latest actions from Baltimore County government to protect employees and members of the public and minimize the spread of COVID-19. County Executive Johnny Olszewski has issued an Emergency Declaration and taken the following actions:

  • Large Gatherings of Over 50 People Prohibited: County Executive Olszewski issued an executive order prohibiting gatherings or events of more than 50 people at all locations and venues, providing local officials and law enforcement with the authority to enforce the limit. Residents should call 911 to report violations of this order.
  • Department of Recreation and Parks Providing Meals: The Department of Recreation and Parks will be offering limited meal distribution to children 18 and under through the Maryland Food Bank and Healthy Food Access St Vincent de Paul of Baltimore. The Department will offer the take-away meals from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on weekdays. Meals will be distributed on a first-come first-served basis at the following locations:
    • Dundalk PAL Center, 15 Commerce Place, Dundalk, Maryland 21222
    • Mars Estates PAL Center, 1498 East Homberg Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21221
    • Shady Spring PAL Center, 8876 Goldenwood Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21237
    • Hillendale PAL Center, 1111 Halstead Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21234
    • Cockeysville PAL Center, 9836 Greenside Drive, Cockeysville, Maryland 21030
    • Scotts Branch PAL Center, 3651 Rolling Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21244
    • Winfield PAL Center, 8304 Carlson Lane, Baltimore, Maryland 21244
    • Woodmoor PAL Center, 7111 Croydon Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21207
  • Water Shutoffs Halted: County Executive Johnny Olszewski and Mayor Young announced that neither municipality will turn off water service for failure to pay.
  • Evictions Suspended: All evictions have been suspended for the duration of the state of emergency in the County.
  • Baltimore County Health Department Hotline: The Baltimore County Department of Health has a hotline for residents to call with questions or concerns about COVID-19: the number is 410-887-3816. The hotline is open seven days a week, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Employee Telework: Baltimore County has instituted telework for all employees who are able to do so.
  • Extension of Licenses and Permits: County Executive Olszewski issued an executive order providing an extension of all County licenses, permits, registrations, and other authorizations until 30 days following the end of the local state of emergency. This applies to suspensions concerning payments of late fees owed to Baltimore County.
  • Baltimore County Public Libraries Closed: All Baltimore County Public Library branch locations are closed through Sunday, March 29, 2020.
  • Baltimore County Senior Centers Closed: All Baltimore County Senior Centers will be closed to the public beginning until further notice. Seniors can call the Maryland Access Point hotline at 410-887-2594. Calls are answered by a team of Certified Information and Assistance Specialists (CIRS), Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
  • Department of Recreation and Parks Buildings Closed: All Department of Recreation and Parks buildings are closed to the public until further notice. County parks, trails and open space remain open to the public. All dog parks, playgrounds, skate parks, comfort stations and portable toilets are closed.
  • CCBC Classes Canceled: All in-person CCBC classes are canceled through Friday, March 22, and will resume remotely via alternative teaching methods starting Monday, March 23. Online classes will continue to be held as scheduled.
  • Suspension of County Travel: Suspending all County government-related travel through April 30, 2020.

The latest updates from the Baltimore County School System, including information on school meals, is available on the BCPS website.

All County residents are encouraged to take the proper precautions to reduce the spread of COVID-19, including regular hand-washing and social distancing as appropriate. All residents, and particularly those at high risk, should follow CDC guidance.

For up-to-date fact sheets and information about COVID-19, please visit the CDC website.

For the latest information from the state of Maryland, please visit the Maryland Department of Health Coronavirus website.

For the latest information from Baltimore County, please visit the Department of Health page.


Crowdsourcing Tool Allows the Public To Help Track Nuisance Midge “Hotspots,” Will Inform Future Mitigation Efforts

County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced the “Environmental Reporter,” a new online tool that will enable the public to help the County track environmental data, including “hotspot” observations of nuisance midge populations along County waterways, as well as locations where individuals plant trees or install rain barrels.

This is the latest effort from the Olszewski Administration to increase public engagement and create more online tools for County residents.

“I pledged to make Baltimore County more data-driven and accessible to residents, and this new crowdsourcing tool will help us partner directly with community members to be more accurate and deliberate in the services we provide,” Olszewski said. “It is critical that we work with residents to improve quality of life in our communities. The data collected with this new tool will help us mitigate midges, increase our tree canopy, and reduce stormwater run-off.”

The Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability (EPS) conducts extensive monitoring of Baltimore County’s waterways for pollutants and biological indicators as part of its U.S. EPA requirements related to its Municipal Stormwater (MS4) Discharge Permit, and in compliance with Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) restrictions for certain waterways.

Reforestation efforts and stormwater mitigation are integral to the County’s environmental protection efforts and the data collected in this new web tool will be included in mandatory reporting.

Midges are small non-biting aquatic flies that often swarm near water or marshy areas where they breed, creating a nuisance for homeowners, boaters, businesses and recreational activities.

EPS is researching the midge issue in the County’s eastern waterfront areas.

This new online tool will provide specific data to help determine locations of nuisance midge populations that will inform potential mitigation methods by Baltimore County and the State of Maryland.

The Environmental Reporter online tool is available here.


Board Will Consist of a Diverse Array of Talented and Knowledgeable Individuals From Across the Region

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today issued an Executive Order to create the Baltimore County Economic Development Advisory Board, which will provide input and guidance to the administration on economic development, job creation, workforce development, tourism, arts and culture, and other aspects of the County’s economy.

“Baltimore County is already an extraordinary place to do business, with one of the best-educated workforces in the country and over 21,000 diverse businesses. But we know we can do even better,” County Executive Olszewski said. “This new advisory board will bring together respected, thoughtful, entrepreneurial leaders to help us ensure Baltimore County remains an economic engine for the entire region and that we can build a better economy for every resident.”

Chaired by Marcus Wang, Co-Founder, President and General Manager of ZytoGen, and co-chaired by Ali Von Paris, CEO and Founder of Route One Apparel, the Advisory Board will consist of a diverse array of talented and knowledgeable individuals from across the region, including:

  • Chris Brandt, CEO, Audacious Inquiry
  • Cale Christensen, Whiting Turner
  • Renee Christoff, Head of Global Associate Engagement and Corporate Responsibility, T. Rowe Price
  • Lee Coplan, Owner and Partner, Hord Coplan Macht
  • Robert Dashiel, Founder and Principal, The Law Office of Robert Fulton Dashiell
  • Mike Donilon, DBC Head of Open Gate Brewery, Guinness Open Gate
  • Scott Dorsey, Chairman and CEO, Merritt Properties
  • Nakeia Drummond, Founder and Chief Strategist, NLD Strategic
  • Pete Forakis, Titan Industrial Services
  • Suzy Ganz, CEO, Lion Brothers
  • Marina Hong, Vice President, HR, Integrated Diagnostic Solutions
  • Nigel Knowles, CEO, LCG Technologies
  • Olga Maltseva, President and COO, Healytics
  • Carla Nelson Chambers, Managing Principal, The Nelson Ideation Group, LLC
  • Rodney Oddoye, Senior Vice President, Governmental and External Affairs, BGE
  • Scott Phillips, Principal, N. Scott Phillips Legal and Business Consulting Services
  • Eileen Rivera Ley, Training Director, Blind Savvy USA
  • Lori Robinson, Vice President Corporate Branding, Communications and Community Relations, McCormick
  • Timmy Ruppersberger, Director of Business and Community Relations, Clapp Communication
  • Jason St. John, Litigation Department Chairman, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr
  • Marcus Stephens, Executive Creative Director, Plank Industries
  • Donna Stevenson, President and CEO, Early Morning Software
  • Aaron Tomarchio, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Tradepoint Atlantic
  • Jason Weiner, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Lifebridge Health

The Baltimore County Economic Development Advisory Board will be tasked with exploring potential marketing strategies to better position Baltimore County in an effort to attract and retain businesses; examining best practice models across the country for effective public-private partnerships; and providing input in creating a comprehensive, data-informed, long-term economic development strategy with goals and metrics.

The formation of this Advisory Board fulfills a key recommendation outlined in the 2019 Baltimore County Government Transition Team Report, which called for efforts to engage with a diverse group of business leaders and employers in shaping Baltimore County’s economic development strategies.

The Economic Development Advisory Board will host their first meeting on Tuesday, February 25, 2020, at 11:30 a.m. at the Baltimore County Agricultural Center, 1114 Shawan Road, Cockeysville, Maryland 21030.

The full text of the Executive Order is provided below:

EXECUTIVE ORDER
No. 20-001
 
BALTIMORE COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY BOARD

WHEREAS, Baltimore County has 847,000 residents—the third largest population in Maryland; and

WHEREAS, Baltimore County has one of the most well-educated workforces with a bachelor’s degree attainment nearly 10 percent higher than the national average; and

WHEREAS, Baltimore County is home to 21,344 diverse businesses spanning across nine different industries with a total workforce of 374,646; and

WHEREAS, Baltimore County government is an economic engine for the region, employing more than 8,000 employees, and spending approximately $3.6 billion annually in operating expenses; and

WHEREAS, Baltimore County is a AAA-bond-rated County because of strong partnerships, infrastructure investment and sound fiscal management; and

WHEREAS, a key recommendation outlined in the 2019 Baltimore County Government Transition Board Report is to establish an Economic Development Commission; and

WHEREAS, it is important to engage with a diverse group of business leaders and employers in shaping Baltimore County’s Economic Development strategies;

Now, therefore, it is this 21 day of February 2020, by the County Executive of Baltimore County, Maryland, ordered that the Baltimore County Economic Development Advisory Board shall be created and charged as follows:
 
Section I: Baltimore County Economic Development Advisory Board

  1. Purpose. The Baltimore County Economic Development Advisory Board (hereinafter, the “Board”) will provide input, as an advisory body to the Administration on topics such as economic development, workforce development, tourism, arts and culture, and other aspects of the County’s economy. Additionally, the Advisory Board will serve as a collaborative forum for partnerships between public and private elements of the local economy to be identified and developed. The Baltimore County Economic Development Advisory Board shall perform the following duties:
  • Offer guidance to the Administration on specific initiatives of economic development, job creation, and quality of life goals of the county.
  • Provide input in creating a comprehensive, data-informed, long-term strategy with goals and metrics that tie together economic development, workforce development, tourism, arts and culture, and other aspects of the County’s economy.
  • Explore potential marketing strategies to better position Baltimore County in an effort to attract and retain businesses.
  • Explore models across the country for effective public/private partnerships.
  • Consider regional approaches to workforce and economic development.
  1. Membership. The County Executive shall appoint members who provide expertise in varying industries, geography and experiences. The County Executive shall appoint members to the Board who are representative of the county’s diversity.
  2. Terms. Members will serve a two-year term, beginning on February 25, 2020. A member may not serve more than two full, consecutive terms.

The terms of appointed members are staggered as required by the terms in effect for members of the Board on February 25, 2020.

At the end of a term, a member may continue to serve until a successor is appointed and qualifies.

A member who is appointed after a term has begun serves only for the rest of the term and until a successor is appointed and qualifies.

  1. Quorum. A majority of members shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business and an affirmative vote of the majority of those present at any meeting shall be sufficient for any official action.
  2. Chair. The Chair of the Board shall be selected by the County Executive.
  3. Compensation. A member of the Board:
  1. May not receive compensation as a member of the Board; but
  2. Is entitled to reimbursement for expenses necessarily incurred, if approved by the Board and provided for in the county operating budget
  1. Meetings. The Board shall meet at quarterly as well as at the request of the Chair as frequently as required to perform its duties.

Section II: Staff Assistance
Staff assistance shall be provided by the Department of Economic and Workforce Development.
 
Section III. Effective Date.
This Executive Order shall take effect immediately according to its terms.


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017