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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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Residents Should Continue to Practice Social Distancing

Baltimore County’s Department of Recreation and Parks today announced a series of updates to the status of its facilities as the County continues its safe and gradual reopening.

As the weather warms, more facilities will be open for recreational activities, though residents should continue to be safe and practice social distancing.

As of today, the following County facilities are now open: 

  • Playgrounds
  • Outdoor tennis courts
  • Basketball courts (residents should anticipate about two weeks to complete installation of rims)
  • Other surface courts
  • All fields and diamonds
  • Pavilions and picnic areas
  • Dog parks
  • Skate parks
  • Horseshoe pits
  • RC/Model Plane Areas
  • Lifeguarded swimming at Rocky Point
  • Restrooms in regional parks
  • Outdoor accessible restroom facilities will be opened in conjunction with scheduled permitted activities and as regular need demands.

Use of Pavilions for Worship in the Park Services 

In an effort to help local religious organizations find safe outdoor spaces to worship, Baltimore County is opening access to outdoor pavilions at some County parks.

Local religious organizations may request a permit to use a park pavilion for regular religious services only. 

These gatherings will be limited to 50 percent of each pavilion’s maximum occupancy.

Beginning today, religious organizations will be able to make reservations for the weekends of June 19 and June 26, at the following locations free of charge, and on a first-come, first-served basis: 

  • Eastern Regional Park
  • Fort Howard Park
  • Honeygo Regional Park
  • Kingsville Park
  • Meadowood Regional Park
  • Northwest Regional Park
  • Oregon Ridge Park
  • Reisterstown Regional Park
  • Rockdale Park
  • Rosedale Park
  • Southwest Area Park
  • Sweet Air Park

More information and permit request forms are available on the County’s website.

Use of Pavilions for the Public Starting July 4

Beginning today, all pavilion rentals are available to be reserved by the public starting July 4.

More information and permit request forms are available on the County’s website.

Grab–and-Go Recreation Kits

The Department of Recreation and Parks today announced the creation of Grab-and-Go Recreation Kits, a new, free opportunity to provide youth with more activities to safely enjoy the outdoors.

Beginning Saturday, June 13 through July 22, young people can take part in these easy and free activities including the Ravens Fitness Flock (begins June 22), Locomotor Skills Obstacle Course, Nature Bingo, Butterfly Ring and Tissue Paper Flower Craft, and Recreation Rocks.

To find a location near you to pick up a premade kit, to learn how to make your own kit at home, or for more information, please email grabandgo-rp@baltimorecountymd.gov or visit the Department's website.

Supplies are limited and if you are unable to get a Grab-and-Go Kit, please email grabandgo-rp@baltimorecountymd.gov to make additional arrangements. 

Stay Safe

To the extent possible, residents should continue to practice social distancing and face coverings should be worn at park locations, especially when social distancing is not feasible.

Failure to adhere to these guidelines may result in removal from park property.

The Department will continue to follow all State Executive Orders related to recreational activities.


Updates for June 12 and June 19

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced that Baltimore County will adopt Maryland’s additional Stage Two actions.

Beginning Friday, June 12, at 5 p.m., Baltimore County will adopt the following: 

  • Indoor dining at 50 percent capacity, with social distancing and following strict public health requirements
  • Outdoor amusements and attractions, miniature golf and go-karts
  • Outdoor pools capacity increasing to 50 percent

Beginning next Friday, June 19, at 5 p.m.: 

  • Gyms, indoor fitness centers, dance studios, martial arts at 50 percent with social distancing and following strict public health requirements
  • Casinos, arcades and malls

The full text of Governor Hogan’s updated Executive Order is available online.

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski issued the following statement:

“To date, we have taken measured steps to gradually and safely reopen our economy. As we’ve done so, we have also experienced sustained progress in key indicators, including our positivity rate—now the lowest among Maryland’s large counties. We remain hopeful that we can remain on this path to recovery as we continue to monitor key metrics in the days and weeks ahead.

As we follow Maryland in these reopening steps, it is critical to remember that this disease is still very much with us. Without a cure or vaccine, more people will get sick, and more families will lose loved ones. 

We must remain vigilant and prepare for the potential of a second spike of infections. Every resident and every business should remain cautious. Older residents and those with chronic health conditions, who remain at the highest risk, should take every precaution to protect themselves.

We all play a part in ensuring the health and safety of our neighbors. Please look after one another, Baltimore County, as we continue to get through this together."


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.”


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017