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Plan for Youth Sports Must Follow Requirements Based on Guidelines from CDC, County Health Officer

The Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks today announced that it will authorize rec councils to hold youth sports in the fall, with strict requirements in place to protect public health and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Using guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Baltimore County Health Department, and the National Recreation and Parks Association, the County developed guidelines to protect public health, which includes requiring the use of face coverings by all individuals who aren’t actively playing the sport, and limiting spectators to parents and guardians of players.

The plan also encourages social distancing and prohibits individuals from sharing personal equipment.

It is the responsibility of all facility users to follow the requirements. Failure to adhere to County guidelines may result in removal from Recreation and Parks property.

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

Below is the full list of requirements for programs that are utilizing Baltimore County Recreation and Parks Facilities or programs that are operating under a permit issued by Baltimore County Public Schools to the Department of Recreation and Parks:

  • Participation in programs is only allowed if you have had no signs or symptoms of COVID-19, and you have not been exposed to someone who has had signs or symptoms of COVID-19 for a minimum period of 14 days before participation.
  • Participation in programs requires a signed Baltimore County COVID-19 Waiver Form.
  • If you are sick or feel sick, you should remain home.
  • At risk individuals, youth or adult, should remain home.
  • Temperature checks, under 100 degrees Fahrenheit, are required for players, volunteers and coaches.
  • Hand sanitizer should be available at all activities.
  • Assign an area for each player to place their equipment.
  • No sharing of drink bottles or any personal equipment.
  • No centralized hydration or refreshment areas.
  • No spectators at events, with the exception of parents and guardians.
  • Masks are required for parents and guardians if not practicing social distancing.
  • Masks are required by all volunteers and coaches in the program.
  • Masks are required for participants when entering the field and while on the bench.
  • Masks are not required for players and officials while on the field of play, but are recommended.
  • Social distancing should be practiced at all possible times.
  • Participants should refrain from handshakes, huddles and high fives.

In addition to recommendations that must be followed by all participants, some sports will be required to follow specific guidelines.

Sport Specific Guidelines

Football:

  • No Tackle Football games/scrimmages
  • Flag football games/scrimmages are authorized
  • Drills and conditioning activities are authorized
  • Player gloves are recommended

Soccer:

  • No throw-ins
  • Goalkeeper must wear gloves

Baseball and Softball:

  • A clean ball must be utilized at each change of team at bat, i.e. each half inning

Cheerleading:

  • No stunts
  • Masks must be worn at all times.

Meals Kits To Be Distributed at Seven BCPL Locations Around the County

Baltimore County today announced a new partnership with Baltimore County Public Library (BCPL) and the Maryland Food Bank to provide additional summer meals for youth at seven BCPL locations around the County. This program will complement existing food distribution efforts across Baltimore County.

Beginning Monday, July 20, the Maryland Food Bank will set up sites outside of designated BCPL branches and offer meal kits to youth 18 years of age and younger. Kits will include four to six breakfasts and lunches and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Youth Summer Meals will be available at the below locations during specified days and times:

Arbutus Branch
855 Sulphur Spring Road, Arbutus, Maryland 21227
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3 p.m.

Essex Branch
1110 Eastern Boulevard, Essex, Maryland 21221
Mondays and Wednesdays, 3 p.m.

Hereford Branch
16940 York Road, Hereford, Maryland 21111
Mondays and Wednesdays, 4 p.m.

Lansdowne Branch
500 3rd Avenue, Lansdowne, Maryland 21227
Mondays and Wednesdays, 4 p.m.

North Point Branch
1716 Merritt Boulevard, Dundalk, Maryland 21222
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4 p.m.

Randallstown Branch
8604 Liberty Road, Randallstown, Maryland 21133
Mondays and Wednesdays, 3 p.m.

Woodlawn Branch
1811 Woodlawn Drive, Woodlawn, Maryland 21207
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4 p.m.

Supporting Food Access During the Pandemic

This is the latest effort from Baltimore County to support food access during the pandemic.

Since March, Baltimore County and Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) have provided over four million meals.

Baltimore County, with support from multiple agencies and regional partners, continues to offer food distribution for families on Saturdays at sites across the County. The Baltimore County Department of Aging continues to provide boxes of food to the County’s older adults at designated senior center locations. Through its annual summer meals program, the BCPS Office of Food and Nutrition Services is providing meals for youth 18 years of age and younger (PDF) at over 80 locations.

Residents should check the County’s Food Resources page regularly for updates.

Food insecure residents can find the location nearest them using Baltimore County’s Food Distribution Sites Map.

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

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


With Hybrid Program, Young People will Participate in Virtual or Onsite Opportunities

Amid the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced that Baltimore County will provide an innovative Summer Youth Employment Program that will offer a hybrid of virtual training and onsite opportunities.

“While we’re still in uncharted territory, we remain committed to providing our young people with opportunities to gain job experience that will be valuable throughout their lives,” Olszewski said. “Students with summer employment are more likely to achieve in the classroom and will be better prepared to succeed in the workforce. I want to thank our team for their ingenuity in providing this innovative option to ensure we can support as many young people as possible.”

Beginning July 6, Baltimore County’s Summer Youth Employment Program provides a six-week summer employment program for youth, ages 14 to 21, offering real-world work experiences. This year, students will be placed in either virtual or onsite opportunities.

Virtual participants will utilize an online platform called Baltimore County Youth Career EDGE to engage in customized work experiences focused on Baltimore County’s nine key industries (PDF). The virtual training will expose young people to high-growth occupations in the County and will better prepare students for entry into the workforce. Youth participating in the virtual work-experience will receive stipends for successful completion of modules.

Youth who participate in onsite opportunities will be placed in one of 12 Baltimore County departments, including efforts to assist with the County’s COVID-19 response to prepare and distribute food, as well as over 20 community employers. Students who participate onsite, either with the County or with a private employer, will be provided with personal protective equipment (PPE) and safety training as appropriate. Youth with on-site placements will work up to 25 hours per week, earning $11 per hour.

Supporting Baltimore County’s Summer Youth Employment Program was a key recommendation of Olszewski’s transition team. In 2019, 194 youth participated in the program. Earlier this year, County Executive Olszewski announced an effort to grow the program with a goal of 300 participants.

Despite the impact of COVID-19, the County remains on track to meet that goal this year.

More Information

More information about Baltimore County’s Summer Youth Employment Program is available at: www.baltimorecountymd.gov/SYEP.


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017