Baltimore County News
State Laws and Guidelines Will Continue To Be Strictly Enforced
Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced that Baltimore County will continue alignment with state actions, which will allow operations at restaurants to increase from 50 to 75 percent capacity, with appropriate distancing, and following strict public health requirements consistent with the CDC, FDA, and the National Restaurant Association, effective Monday, September 21 at 5 p.m.
Governor Hogan’s Executive Order is available here (PDF).
According to State metrics, Baltimore County’s positivity rate is currently 2.3 percent—a reduction of 81 percent since May 29, 2020.
County Executive Olszewski released the following statement:
“Baltimore County continues to see progress in major health metrics as we have gradually and safely reopened our economy. While we are continuing to align with the state, we cannot let our guard down.
In Baltimore County, we’re focused on getting our kids back in school, which requires all of us to do our part to slow the spread of this virus. We have to Be Safe to Stay Safe by wearing face coverings and socially distancing—especially while indoors—to protect ourselves and our loved ones.
This dangerous disease is still with us and we must continue to follow public health guidance. We know that COVID-19 spreads more easily indoors than outdoors, so as we move forward today, we continue to urge residents to prioritize less risky activities in their support of restaurants, such as carry-out and outdoor dining.
In the days and weeks ahead, we will continue to strictly enforce state and local ordinances—any businesses found to be violating face-covering or social distancing mandates will be held accountable.
As with every step we have taken, we will continue to monitor this situation and will do whatever is necessary to protect public health. We're still in this together and can only get through this together.”
Face Coverings Still Required
Under state and local order, individuals ages five and up are required to wear face coverings in any indoor business, service, organization or establishment that serves the general public.
This includes, but is not limited to, retail establishments, recreational establishments, theaters, houses of worship and other locations open to the public.
Individuals ages five and up are required to wear face coverings when outdoors and unable to consistently maintain at least six feet of distance from individuals who are not members of their household.
Individuals are not required to wear a mask if eating or drinking while seated. In accordance with Governor Hogan’s orders, face coverings are still required when otherwise moving in or about a restaurant or bar premises.Mon, 21 Sep 2020 15:58:00 GMThttps://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/BaltimoreCountyNow/baltimore-county-to-align-with-maryland-s-updated-stage-three-steps
Free September 24 Webinar Explores Pandemic-Related Impacts and Industry Shifts
Nationally and locally, restaurants, hospitality and recreational businesses have been among the most adversely affected by the pandemic.
On September 24, County Executive Johnny Olszewski will host a panel of industry leaders and advocates to provide an update on the state of Baltimore County’s hospitality and tourism industry and offer their insights on how these businesses can adapt during this challenging period.
“These small businesses are integral in making Baltimore County’s communities vibrant and diverse, and we remain dedicated to empowering their resilience and recovery during this challenging time,” said Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski, who will share his perspective on local government’s role in COVID-19 business support and economic recovery.
“Flipping the Script: Tools and Tips for Tourism Recovery” is the seventh session in the County’s “Baltimore County Business Forum – COVID-19 and Beyond” webinar series. Samantha O’Neil, Senior Advisor to Baltimore County Executive Olszewski, will moderate this 60-minute session.
- Kevin Atticks, Founder and CEO, Grow & Fortify
- Mike Mason, Principal, Providence Strategies, LLC
- Gabe Purviance, Baltimore County Commission on Arts and Sciences Member and Manager of Special Services, University of Maryland, College Park
- Marshall Weston Jr., President and CEO, Restaurant Association of Maryland
Participate Live or Watch a Recording on the County Website
The webinar will be presented live via Cisco Webex on Thursday, September 24 at 1 p.m., and webinar access information is posted on the County website at baltimorecountybusiness.com.
Recorded video of the completed webinar will be posted there shortly afterwards. People are invited to submit questions during the webinar via the live Webex questions feature, or in advance by emailing email@example.com.
Resources for Job Seekers and Businesses are Updated Regularly
The Department of Economic and Workforce Development (DEWD) provides a comprehensive overview of resources and assistance available to help affected individuals and businesses. This information is available on the department’s website.Fri, 18 Sep 2020 16:52:00 GMThttps://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/BaltimoreCountyNow/county-to-host-webinar-on-recovery-for-hard-hit-hospitality-and-tourism-sector
Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski issued the following statement following today's announcement from Baltimore County Public Schools on school reopening:
“Baltimore County’s educators, parents, and students have faced unparalleled uncertainty during this crisis. They deserve collaborative planning and clear communication from the Baltimore County Public School System. Today’s announcement provided neither.
My administration has consistently asked for specific updates about plans to reopen our schools. Instead, alongside our educators and parents, I learned the details of BCPS’ reopening announcement earlier today.
As County Executive and a former teacher, I want to get all our kids back to the classroom as quickly as possible — especially our youngest learners and students with disabilities and special needs.
That is best done together. As we move forward, I expect collaboration, communication and partnership between County officials, educators, and the families of Baltimore County.”Thu, 17 Sep 2020 21:20:00 GMThttps://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/BaltimoreCountyNow/county-executive-olszewski-issues-statement-following-bcps-reopening-announcement
County Executive Olszewski, Superintendent Williams Announce New Initiatives to Support Baltimore County Families
Childcare Subsidies Available for Families Receiving SNAP; Academic Support Centers to Open
Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski and Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Darryl L. Williams today announced two new initiatives—Childcare Subsidies and Academic Support Centers—designed to help support families of young children during the challenging COVID-19 pandemic.
“We have an obligation to support the working families hit hard by this pandemic as they navigate the multi-faceted challenges presented by COVID-19, a struggling economy and remote learning,” Olszewski said. “These programs will provide support for working parents, and our subsidy will ensure that our lowest-income residents can access the care they need to allow them to continue working.”
“We are pleased that county government and local service providers are working to provide structured environments to assist students with virtual learning and assist families with childcare,” said Superintendent Williams. “Simultaneously, BCPS is continuing to develop its plans to bring small groups of students back into our classrooms as early as November. Today, I will be releasing a timeline with more details about how we will schedule staff and student reentry.”
Olszewski has allocated up to $7 million to provide childcare subsidies for working families with children ages 5 to 12. The program aims to support low-income working parents who are not able to stay home to manage their children’s remote learning. Eligible families will receive a subsidy of up to $250 per week per child to cover the cost of care at any childcare provider licensed by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). Families receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits where all parents or guardians in the household are employed will be eligible.
To streamline program access, potentially eligible families will receive a letter with instructions on how to access the online application portal. Letters will be mailed to families by September 28. Families that believe they may be eligible but are not receiving SNAP can apply for SNAP and other assistance at the state’s Department of Human Resources website or call 311 to be connected to the CASH campaign of Maryland for a benefits eligibility screening.
Academic Support Centers
In addition, the Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks, the Y of Central Maryland, and other local daycare providers will open academic support centers to provide full-day, in-person childcare for families of children in Kindergarten to Grade 5. The centers will offer support for virtual learning as well as recreational activities. Students will be grouped in cohorts of up to 14 students. Social distancing and mitigation strategies will be followed, and meals will be provided. SNAP recipients who receive County Childcare Subsidies may use them at the academic support centers.
The Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks will host Learning Centers at its nine PAL Centers sites around the County. These centers are designed to serve disconnected youth identified by the Baltimore County Department of Social Services. These families will be invited to participate, and care will be offered at no cost to the families. Transportation will be available. Meals will be provided by the Maryland Food Bank. Following MSDE approval, these centers will run daily Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
A second group of centers, operated by the Y of Central Maryland, will open in five BCPS elementary schools. The centers will operate beginning Monday, October 5, and will run daily Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Meals will be provided by Baltimore County Public Schools. Fees range from $225 to $250 per week per child. Interested families can apply online now. SNAP recipients who receive County Childcare Subsidies may use them at the academic support centers.
An additional 40 centers, located in BCPS elementary schools, will open Monday, October 12, and will be operated by local daycare providers—Hot Spots Extended Care Program, Kids Place Baltimore, Open Door Before and After School Care, and Play Centers, Inc. Depending on the provider, these centers will begin offering care either at 7 a.m. or 8 a.m. All will end at 6 p.m. Meals will be provided by Baltimore County Public Schools. These centers will charge $250 to $275 per week per child for full-time care. Families interested in these centers should contact the appropriate daycare provider for registration information. SNAP recipients who receive County Childcare Subsidies may use them at the academic support centers.
In total, the 54 academic support centers will be able to serve 1,552 students across Baltimore County.
The list of Baltimore County’s Academic Support Centers is below:
Opening Schedule for Baltimore County Academic Support Centers
Operated by the Department of Recreation and Parks
- Cockeysville PAL Center, 9836 Greenside Drive, 21030
- Dundalk PAL Center, 15 Commerce Place, 21222
- Hillendale PAL Center, 1111 Halstead Road, 21234
- Lansdowne PAL Center, 2301 Alma Road, 21227
- Mars Estates PAL Center, 1498 East Homberg Avenue, 21221
- Scotts Branch PAL Center, 3651 Rolling Road, 21244
- Shady Spring PAL Center, 8876 Goldenwood Road, 21237
- Winfield PAL Center, 8304 Carlson Lane, 21244
- Woodmoor PAL Center, 7111 Croydon Road, 21207
Locations Scheduled to Open Monday, October 5
Operated by the Y
- Catonsville Elementary School
- Cedarmere Elementary School
- Johnnycake Elementary School
- Westowne Elementary School
- Woodmoor Elementary School
Locations Scheduled to Open Monday, October 12
Operated by licensed local daycare providers with approved, pre-existing relationships with BCPS (name of daycare provider in parentheses)
Thu, 17 Sep 2020 18:00:00 GMThttps://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/BaltimoreCountyNow/county-executive-olszewski-superintendent-williams-announce-new-initiatives-to-support-baltimore-county-families
- Carney Elementary School (Open Door)
- Carroll Manor Elementary School (Play Centers)
- Chapel Hill Elementary School (Hot Spots)
- Chatsworth Elementary School (Kid's Place)
- Church Lane Elementary School (Kid's Place)
- Cromwell Elementary School (Play Centers)
- Elmwood Elementary School (Play Centers)
- Fort Garrison Elementary School (Hot Spots)
- Franklin Elementary School (Open Door)
- Fullerton Elementary School (Open Door)
- Glyndon Elementary School (Kid's Place)
- Hampton Elementary School (Open Door)
- Harford Hills Elementary School (Open Door)
- Honeygo Elementary School (Open Door)
- Jacksonville Elementary School (Play Centers)
- Joppa View Elementary School (Open Door)
- Kingsville Elementary School (Open Door)
- Lutherville Lab Elementary School (Open Door)
- Lyons Mill Elementary School (Hot Spots)
- Mays Chapel Elementary School (Open Door)
- New Town Elementary School (Kid's Place)
- Oakleigh Elementary School (Hot Spots)
- Owings Mills Elementary School (Open Door)
- Padonia Elementary School (Hot Spots)
- Pine Grove Elementary School (Open Door)
- Pinewood Elementary School (Play Centers)
- Pleasant Plains Elementary School (Hot Spots)
- Pot Spring Elementary School (Open Door)
- Reisterstown Elementary School (Kid's Place)
- Relay Elementary School (Open Door)
- Riderwood Elementary School (Open Door)
- Rodgers Forge Elementary School (Hot Spots)
- Seven Oaks Elementary School (Open Door)
- Seventh District Elementary School (Hot Spots)
- Sparks Elementary School (Play Centers)
- Stoneleigh Elementary School (Play Centers)
- Summit Park Elementary School (Kid's Place)
- Timber Grove Elementary School (Hot Spots)
- Timonium Elementary School (Open Door)
- Villa Cresta Elementary School (Hot Spots)
- Vincent Farm Elementary School (Hot Spots)
- Vincent Farm Elementary School (Open Door)
- Warren Elementary School (Play Centers)
- Wellwood Elementary School (Hot Spots)
- West Towson Elementary School (Play Centers)
- Westchester Elementary School (Open Door)
- Woodbridge Elementary School (Open Door)
- Woodholme Elementary School (Open Door)