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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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Further Expansion of the County’s Coordinated Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Baltimore County today announced new efforts to further expand Baltimore County’s coordinated response to the COVID-19 pandemic and to promote social distancing and slow the spread of the virus.

County Government Building Restrictions

Effective immediately, and until further notice, Baltimore County Government will implement the following building procedures and restrictions:

  1. Visitor access to all Towson Complex Office Buildings, including the County Office Building (COB), Office of Human Resources, Historic Courthouse and the Jefferson Building are now by appointment only. Refer to the table below for contact information for all relevant departments. Signs are posted at all entrances announcing this policy.
  1. All visitors, and those seeking appointments, will be asked the following screening questions on the phone and upon entrance to all buildings:
  • Do you have any of the following symptoms:
    • Fever?
    • Cough?
    • Shortness of breath?
  • Are you or anyone that you’ve had close contact with suspected of having COVID-19 (coronavirus)?
  1. Payments for property taxes, water bills, parking, red light and speed camera tickets as well as pet licenses can be made online by visiting the Make a Payment page. There is a convenient payment (check only) collection drop-box located outside of Room 150 of the Historic Courthouse.

Updates to this new practice may be changed at any time, and it is suggested that all visitors contact the department that you plan visit to confirm your appointment.

Department Name Direct Number to Schedule an Appointment
Aging
(Appointments preferred, but not mandatory)
410-887-2594
Budget and Finance:
Payments
410-887-2404
Economic and Workforce Development 410-887-8000
Environmental Protection and Sustainability 410-887-3733
Health and Human Services:
Food Service Permits Only
410-887-FOOD (3663)
Health and Human Services:
COVID-19 Related Questions
410-887-3816
Human Resources 410-887-3135
Liquor Board 410-887-3191
Permits, Approvals and Inspections

General Inquiries – 410-887-3353

Permits Only – 410-887-3900

Planning 410-887-3211
Public Works 410-887-3306

Fast-Tracking Approvals for Bar and Restaurant Alcohol Delivery

Additionally, to ensure local businesses impacted by Maryland’s closure of bars and restaurants can continue to support employees and provide service, Baltimore County today also announced a decision to temporarily allow establishments to deliver alcoholic beverages to citizens in Baltimore County. To be granted this privilege, establishments must:

  • Hold a Class A, B, or D license, and
  • Have no prior convictions of selling to an underage person in the past 3 years.

Establishments that meet these criteria must send an email requesting delivery rights to liquorboard@baltimorecountymd.gov and Baltimore County will grant formal written approval.

Establishments must adhere to Rule 9 of the Licensed Premises of the Board’s Rules and Regulations (PDF).

Establishments with questions can visit the Board of Liquor License Commissioners page or contact the Baltimore County Liquor Board at 410-887-3191 to learn more.

Other Protective Measures

These are the latest actions from Baltimore County government to protect employees and members of the public and minimize the spread of COVID-19. County Executive Johnny Olszewski has issued an Emergency Declaration and taken the following actions:

  • Large Gatherings of Over 50 People Prohibited: County Executive Olszewski issued an executive order prohibiting gatherings or events of more than 50 people at all locations and venues, providing local officials and law enforcement with the authority to enforce the limit. Residents should call 911 to report violations of this order.
  • Department of Recreation and Parks Providing Meals: The Department of Recreation and Parks will be offering limited meal distribution to children 18 and under through the Maryland Food Bank and Healthy Food Access St Vincent de Paul of Baltimore. The Department will offer the take-away meals from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on weekdays. Meals will be distributed on a first-come first-served basis at the following locations:
    • Dundalk PAL Center, 15 Commerce Place, Dundalk, Maryland 21222
    • Mars Estates PAL Center, 1498 East Homberg Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21221
    • Shady Spring PAL Center, 8876 Goldenwood Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21237
    • Hillendale PAL Center, 1111 Halstead Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21234
    • Cockeysville PAL Center, 9836 Greenside Drive, Cockeysville, Maryland 21030
    • Scotts Branch PAL Center, 3651 Rolling Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21244
    • Winfield PAL Center, 8304 Carlson Lane, Baltimore, Maryland 21244
    • Woodmoor PAL Center, 7111 Croydon Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21207
  • Water Shutoffs Halted: County Executive Johnny Olszewski and Mayor Young announced that neither municipality will turn off water service for failure to pay.
  • Evictions Suspended: All evictions have been suspended for the duration of the state of emergency in the County.
  • Baltimore County Health Department Hotline: The Baltimore County Department of Health has a hotline for residents to call with questions or concerns about COVID-19: the number is 410-887-3816. The hotline is open seven days a week, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Employee Telework: Baltimore County has instituted telework for all employees who are able to do so.
  • Extension of Licenses and Permits: 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. This applies to suspensions concerning payments of late fees owed to Baltimore County.
  • Baltimore County Public Libraries Closed: All Baltimore County Public Library branch locations are closed through Sunday, March 29, 2020.
  • Baltimore County Senior Centers Closed: All Baltimore County Senior Centers will be closed to the public beginning until further notice. Seniors can call the Maryland Access Point hotline at 410-887-2594. Calls are answered by a team of Certified Information and Assistance Specialists (CIRS), Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
  • Department of Recreation and Parks Buildings Closed: All Department of Recreation and Parks buildings are closed to the public until further notice. County parks, trails and open space remain open to the public. All dog parks, playgrounds, skate parks, comfort stations and portable toilets are closed.
  • CCBC Classes Canceled: All in-person CCBC classes are canceled through Friday, March 22, and will resume remotely via alternative teaching methods starting Monday, March 23. Online classes will continue to be held as scheduled.
  • Suspension of County Travel: Suspending all County government-related travel through April 30, 2020.

The latest updates from the Baltimore County School System, including information on school meals, is available on the BCPS website.

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.

For up-to-date fact sheets and information about COVID-19, please visit the CDC website.

For the latest information from the state of Maryland, please visit the Maryland Department of Health Coronavirus website.

For the latest information from Baltimore County, please visit the Department of Health page.


Current and New Measures to Prevent the Spread of the Virus Announced

Following the confirmation of the first case of the COVID-19 virus in a Baltimore County resident, County Executive Johnny Olszewski provided updated information about government actions to respond to the pandemic and released additional community guidance.

The Maryland Department of Health confirmed on Wednesday that a Baltimore County resident in his 60s who worked at the recent American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference in Washington, D.C., has contracted the virus.

“Keeping residents safe and informed remains our highest priority, Olszewski said. “Baltimore County’s agencies have been coordinating in preparation for the arrival of COVID-19, and we are prepared to respond to any potential impacts the virus has on our communities.”

“We’re taking the steps necessary to protect the health of our residents and minimize the spread of this virus in Baltimore County.” said Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, Director of the Baltimore County Department of Health and Human Services and Health Officer. “We strongly urge residents to continue following public health best practices and rely on credible sources including the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and your state and local health departments for accurate and up-to-date information.”

Hotline

The Baltimore County Department of Health has opened a hotline for residents to call with questions or concerns. The number is 410-887-3816.

Current and New Measures

The County is taking a number of actions to keep residents safe and minimize the spread of the COVID-19.

  • Out of an abundance of caution, activities at Baltimore County Senior Centers will be suspended immediately. Based on state guidance, all Baltimore County senior centers will be closed to the public beginning on Monday, March 16, until further notice. County officials encourage individuals to coordinate with senior center staff to ensure they are prepared for the closure, and we encourage those individuals to call the Maryland Access Point hotline at 410-887-2594.

  • The Recreation and Parks Department is cancelling all organized recreational activities until further notice. The Department is also advising the County’s Recreation Councils to cancel organized activities. This cancellation includes all travel programs out of state. Recreational facilities will remain open during normal operating hours at this time.

  • The County Executive’s remaining budget town hall meetings have been cancelled. Information about a virtual town hall to allow residents to share their priorities will be shared in the coming days.

  • The remaining scheduled Comprehensive Zoning Map Process (CZMP) hearings have also been cancelled. Additional information will be shared in the coming days.

  • The Code Enforcement Working Group meeting scheduled for this evening, March 12, is cancelled. Further information will be provided in the coming days about virtual options for future meetings.

  • The Baltimore County Women’s Commission meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 19, has been cancelled.

  • The County is suspending all non-essential out of state travel for employees until further notice.

  • The County has implemented new protocols at our 911 call center to screen for COVID-19 risk in order to protect and prepare our first responders.

  • The County is reviewing telework and sick leave options for all County employees.

  • The County has issued emergency procurements for soap, hand sanitizer and other necessary cleaning materials, with a particular emphasis on jails, courts and other areas with large traffic flows and concentrations of vulnerable populations.

This evening’s Landmarks Preservation Commission meeting for Thursday, March 12 will occur as scheduled. The meeting is statutorily required and is expected to have a small number of attendees. Additional guidance about all future board and commission meetings will be provided in the coming days.

All in-person CCBC classes are canceled Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 22, and will resume remotely via alternative teaching methods starting Monday, March 23. Online classes will continue to be held as scheduled. CCBC remains open and services are available. 

Additional guidance regarding programs, classes and activities at CCBC and BCPS will come directly from those organizations.

More Information

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.

For up-to-date fact sheets and information about COVID-19, please visit the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov.

For the latest information from Baltimore County, please visit: www.baltimorecountymd.gov/health.


Keeping Residents Informed

Following the confirmation of the first cases of COVID-19 in Maryland, Baltimore County is continuing to closely monitor potential developments and remains in regular contact across County government and with the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) to prepare for any comprehensive and coordinated response as necessary.

“Baltimore County is actively working across agencies and with our state partners to coordinate information and prepare for the COVID-19 virus,” County Executive Johnny Olszewski said. “We have brought agency leaders together, will continue public health preparedness efforts, and remain vigilant to ensure we are ready for any scenario.” 

"Keeping residents safe and informed is our highest priority," said Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, Director of the Baltimore County Department of Health and Human Services and Health Officer. "Because misinformation can be as contagious and harmful as a virus, I urge everyone to rely on credible sources including the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and your state and local health departments for accurate and up-to-date information." 

Know Your F.A.C.T.S.

Baltimore County reminds residents to practice simple preventive measures. Knowing your Flu F.A.C.T.S. is an excellent way to limit the spread of infectious germs:

Frequently wash hands.
Always get an annual flu shot.
Cover your cough.
Take time off from work or school if you have symptoms.
Seek care if your symptoms worsen.

More Information

Visit the Baltimore County Health Department's website to receive the County's latest information regarding COVID-19. 

For state and national updates, visit the Maryland Department of Health.

The Baltimore County Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) promotes well-being among individuals and families by providing quality health, housing and social services. Along with an administrative unit, HHS is comprised of the Departments of Health and Social Services.


 
 
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