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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.

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Continued Progress in Key Areas

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced that, effective Friday, June 5, at 5 p.m., Baltimore County will repeal all local orders to align with state actions to begin moving into Stage Two, which will allow additional non-essential businesses to reopen. The full list of businesses that may reopen under Governor Hogan’s Executive order is available online (PDF).

County Executive Olszewski issued the following statement:

“Baltimore County has taken significant steps to stand up the infrastructure necessary to combat the COVID-19 pandemic while gradually and safely reopening our economy.

Thanks to our efforts to expand access to PPE, increase availability of testing, and ramp-up our contact-tracing program, we’ve seen continued progress in key areas, including our testing positivity rate, remains lower than the state average.

The State’s patchwork approach to reopening has confused residents, put businesses on an unequal playing field, and limited the impact of an individual jurisdiction’s public health efforts. By aligning with the state, Baltimore County is providing clarity for our residents—though we must be clear that these new steps do not mean we can return to life as we knew it before COVID-19.

This dangerous disease is still with us. More people will get sick, and more families will lose loved ones. In the absence of a cure or vaccine, we must remain vigilant against this vicious virus and prepare for the potential of a second spike. I urge our residents and businesses to continue to practice caution. Our older residents and those with chronic health conditions continue to be at the highest risk and should continue to take every precaution to protect their health and safety.  

We will continue to monitor this situation, and we will not hesitate to change course if necessary in order to protect the public’s health. It’s important for our residents to understand that they continue to play a critical role in ensuring the health and safety of others. We need to remember that we're in this together and can only get through this together.”


Following Progress in Major Indicators, Baltimore County Continues Efforts to Reopen Businesses

Following progress in major indicators including expanded testing and increased access to personal protective equipment (PPE) for nursing homes, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced new actions to reopen key portions of Baltimore County’s economy while maintaining public health measures to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

“With significant progress in expanding testing and PPE, I’m confident that Baltimore County is ready to take these next steps, and do so in a safe manner that protects the health of our residents,” Olszewski said. “While these steps are important, we’re not out of the woods yet, and I urge all residents to continue practicing social distancing to limit the spread of this virus.”

New Actions Effective Friday, May 22

County Executive Olszewski will issue an executive order stating that effective Friday, May 22, at 9 a.m., Baltimore County will take the following actions:

  • Retail stores may reopen for in-store retail with a maximum capacity of 10, including staff. This applies to all retail establishments outside of those considered essential under the state’s previous orders. Curbside pickup and delivery is strongly encouraged, and all public health precautions should remain in place. Shopping malls must continue to stay closed except for retail establishments that can be accessed from the outside.

  • Barber shops and hair salons may reopen with a maximum capacity of 10, including staff. They may operate by appointment only and with appropriate health and safety guidelines. Other personal services establishments must remain closed until further notice.

Clarification on Religious Institution Restrictions

County Executive Olszewski also clarified that the restrictions that were in place on all religious institutions in the state prior to last week remain in place in Baltimore County. That means that the restriction on gatherings of more than 10 remain in place, either indoors or outdoors. Religious institutions may hold drive-through or drive-in services, as some have done.

Residents Encouraged to Continue to Stay at Home

Baltimore County’s prohibition on indoor and outdoor gatherings or events of 10 or more people at all locations and venues remains in place.

Residents and visitors to Baltimore County should strive to stay at home unless they are traveling to work or medical appointments, shopping for groceries or 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.


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017