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If you are medically homebound and unable to travel to a vaccine clinic, please email the Department of Health at COVIDVax@baltimorecountymd.gov or call the COVID-19 Hotline at 410-887-3816. Someone will contact you to schedule a time to receive your vaccine in your home.
Preparing for Your Vaccine
Watch a video to learn what to expect when you receive your appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine at a Baltimore County vaccination clinic.
Reopening Status and Face Covering Requirements
County Executive Johnny Olszewski declared a local State of Emergency on August 24, 2021.
Baltimore County is currently aligned with the state of Maryland’s reopening actions and face covering requirements. For more information, visit the state of Maryland’s website for the latest statewide reopening and recovery guidelines.
Baltimore County officials will continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 and determine the appropriate course of action to keep Baltimore County residents safe and minimize the spread of COVID-19.
Emergency Response Fund
The Baltimore County COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund is currently accepting applications for the Baltimore County COVID-19 Nonprofit Recovery Grants program. The Baltimore County Executive has announced $2.3 million for grants to nonprofits located in Baltimore County to assist with COVID-19 recovery. The grants are made possible with funding from the Maryland State Department of Housing and Community Development’s Maryland Recovery Now program.
Find more information and apply. The County hosted a webinar on May 26 for interest applicants. Watch the recording and view the slides. Review the list of frequently asked questions, which will be updated as new information becomes available.
Status of County Operations
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 below.
All hearings will be live-streamed using Webex available as a free downloadable application on any computer or smartphone. Any interested individual who wishes to provide testimony can do so by dialing into the hearing on the date and time it is scheduled. Testimony and exhibits can also by submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail. All testimony and exhibits must be received 48 business hours in advance of the hearing. All hearings will be recorded.
- Adoptions, redemptions and owner surrenders are by appointment only.
- All spay and neuter surgical services are being done by appointment only.
- Rabies clinics are suspended.
- TNR services are by appointment only.
- If you find a lost pet, please call 410-887-7297.
- Field Services officers are working remotely with limited public contact.
- Number of volunteers and volunteer hours are reduced.
For additional information regarding the status of shelter services, visit the Animal Services website.
The Department of Economic and Workforce Development has compiled resources for businesses and workers regarding available assistance at the federal, state and local levels.
Fast-Tracking Outdoor Table Service
Baltimore County is expediting approvals to temporarily allow establishments to expand outdoor table service into areas not previously authorized, in a manner that ensures the safety of their customers and staff. Find more information.
Fast-Tracking Alcohol Delivery Requests
Baltimore County is expediting approvals to temporarily allow establishments to deliver alcoholic beverages to residents in Baltimore County. Find more information from the Liquor Board.
Based upon the Administrative Order issued by Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera on February 16, 2021, Maryland Courts are in Phase V of a five phased re-start program as of April 26, 2021 and have resumed full operations. View all Administrative Orders.
The Circuit Court has adopted a five-phase restart plan to address the case backlog as the court restores normal operations. The phases are structured based upon consideration of a variety of factors. The phases are designed to assist in scheduling matters, both remotely and within the courthouse, to enable social distancing, and to protect the health and welfare of judicial employees, attorneys, parties and members of the public. Find more information.
Entry to Court Buildings
All persons who enter the building are subject to health screening questions and thermal temperature checks. Entry will be denied if a person exhibits signs or symptoms of illness or has been exposed to COVID-19 within the past seven days. All persons will be required to wear face masks when entering the courthouse. Social distancing measures will be enforced, and signage will be posted to note capacity limits in courtrooms and waiting areas. Find more information.
Effective April 26, 2021, all criminal and civil jury trials in the Circuit Courts resumed and courts are fully operational. For further information, view the following documents:
- Circuit Court Start-Up Plan Following COVID-19 Emergency Closure
- Seventh Amended Administrative Order Re-Imposing the Statewide Suspension of Jury Trials and Maintaining Grand Juries
- Administrative Order on the Progressive Resumption of Full Function of Judiciary Operations Previously Restricted Due to the COVID-19 Emergency
Revised Criminal Case Postponement Policy
The Circuit Court has adopted a new written postponement policy to assist in rescheduling criminal matters when the Court resumes regular operation. A criminal postponement form has also been adopted to simplify the process.
Drop Box for Paper Filing
A drop box will be available at the entrance to the Circuit Court that is accessible from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to accept any paper filing that is not required to be made electronically through MDEC.
All legislative sessions, work sessions and required public hearings of the County Council are presently being held as scheduled. However, until further notice, these sessions will be held remotely via web conferencing. For more information, please visit the Council's virtual meetings page or call 410-887-3196.
Although the Council’s meetings are being held remotely, the public are encouraged to provide written testimony or comment via email at email@example.com or traditional mail.
All in-person meetings between Councilmembers and the public are cancelled for the time being. All meetings are being restricted to phone conferences rather than in-person.
Baltimore County is accepting applications for the second phase of its COVID-19 Eviction Prevention Program, providing rental assistance to County residents who have lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic and are at risk of losing their housing. Find more information.
Governor Hogan’s December 17, 2020 Amended Executive Order states that for the duration of Maryland’s declared state of emergency, “No court shall give any judgment for possession or repossession, or warrant for restitution of possession or repossession of residential, commercial, or industrial real property, if the tenant can demonstrate to the court, through documentation or other objectively verifiable means, that the tenant suffered a Substantial Loss of Income.” The court has stated that if this language is raised, “this will be treated as an affirmative defense in both failure to pay rent cases and breach of lease actions until the governor’s State of Emergency is lifted, or the Executive Order is amended.”
To prevent the further spread of COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an Order to temporarily halt residential evictions for failure to pay rent, subject to certain requirements, including the execution of a sworn declaration. The Order is effective from September 4, 2020 through June 30, 2021.
For information on housing cases and how they will be handled by the courts, please visit the Maryland Judiciary website.
Find information about food resources in Baltimore County, including:
- Food distribution sites map
- Baltimore County Public Schools grab-and-go meals for students
- Meal distribution for older adults
- Saturday food distribution
- Pet food assistance
If you have questions or need assistance with food access, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
You may qualify for monthly benefits to help purchase food. Learn more and apply here.
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. The order also authorizes the head of each government agency to suspend the effect of any legal or procedural deadline, due date, time of default, time expiration, period of time or other statute, rule or regulation that it administers. This applies to suspensions concerning payments of late fees owed to Baltimore County.
Status of Departmental Services
Find the status of services and changes in process for the Department of Permits, Approvals and Inspections.
Liquor License Temporary Delivery Allowance
The Liquor Board is temporarily allowing Class A, B and D license holders to deliver alcoholic beverages to citizens in Baltimore County only. Be advised you must adhere to Rule 9—Delivery Outside of the Licensed Premises of the Board’s Rules and Regulations. If you desire to take advantage of this delivery privilege, you must send your request in writing to the Board for approval. You may send a formal request by email to email@example.com. Any establishment that has been penalized for service to minors in the past three years will not be considered.
Pay Submission Fees Online
The County Office Building is closed to the public, with the exception of the lobby, until further notice. The Department of Permits, Approvals and Inspections (PAI) will continue to accept and process permits, reviews and licenses. Online payments and checks are now accepted forms of payment for designated services.
Once you have successfully submitted your application and received a reference number and fee amount from PAI, you can submit an online payment for the following transactions:
- Building Permits
- Electrical Permits
- Plumbing Permits
- Water Meter Permits
- Development Review
- Zoning Review
- Electrical License Renewal
Find more information about how to pay your submission fee online.
Effective Monday, May 17, all Department of Recreation and Parks services will resume. Please note some will be modified. Resuming services include:
- Permits to indoor facilities
- Indoor nature classes and programs
- Indoor games and scrimmages
- Indoor tournaments
- Licensed day care at all locations
- Indoor tennis courts
- Stage rental requests
- Rocky Point Beach (will open on Friday, May 28)
- County parks, trails and open spaces
- Picnic areas
- Disc golf courses
- Horseshoe pits
- Pickleball courts
- Outdoor basketball courts
- Outdoor tennis courts
- Dog parks
- Skate parks
- Recreational fishing
- Field and diamond permits
- Outdoor games and scrimmages
- Outdoor tournaments
- Loch Raven Fishing Center
- PAL centers
- Licensed day care at select locations
- Pavilion reservations
- Outdoor nature classes and programs
- Outdoor restroom facilities (modified in line with facility needs)
- Portable restrooms
Senior centers are open by appointment only. All members interested in participating in in-person activities must attend an orientation and registration session. Learn more about the reopening plans.
Virtual Senior Center Programs
Baltimore County senior centers are offering online classes for older adults over Zoom. Classes range from preexisting class options, including Tai Chi, Foreign Language, Strength Training and Cooking, to more individual programming, such as group Happy Hours. To find the full list of Senior Center Online Classes, please visit the Department of Aging's website.
Residential Drop-off Centers Open
The County’s Residential Drop-Off Centers are open to the public with normal operating hours (including the usual holiday schedule). Visitors and employees are required to wear masks onsite and adhere to all social distancing guidelines. These requirements will be strictly enforced. Driver's licenses will still be scanned to confirm residency. The following sites are open:
- Eastern Sanitary Landfill—6259 Days Cove Road, 21162
- Central Acceptance Facility—201 West Warren Road, 21030
- Western Acceptance Facility—3310 Transway Road, 21227
Yard Waste Collection Continues
Yard waste materials will be collected from Baltimore County residents with “Y” days on their schedule.
While residents may set out an unlimited number of bags of yard materials, the collector may not collect all of the bags on the same day. Collectors must make trash collection their first priority, and must take into account all of the residents on their route. Residents are asked to leave their yard materials out until collection occurs. Find information about collection requirements.
Trash Pickup Continues
During the current pandemic, the County’s trash and recycling pickup will continue to operate. Crews and truck drivers would appreciate residents carefully bagging trash and garbage to prevent the spread of disease. Find your collection schedule.
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.
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- Food Distribution and Assistance
- Business and Worker Assistance
- Crime Prevention and Health Safety
- Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS)
- Community Colleges of Baltimore County (CCBC)