Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
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Baltimore City Government Coronvavirus Policy Changes (3/16/2020)
Baltimore City Recreation and Parks will suspend all recreation programs, rentals, permitted events and recreation facility services consisting of 50 people or more until further notice.
The press release can be found here
Baltimore City Department of Transportation Safety Division will be suspending the ticketing of vehicles for street sweeping parking violations, along with 48-hour parking violations in Baltimore City effective immediately.
Press Release can be found here
All Senior Centers will suspend programs
These centers will be kept open as food distribution centers and access HUBs. If there are factors that prevent participants from picking up a meal, meals can be delivered as an option by calling the Maryland Access Point at 410-396-CARE (2273), for eligibility into the home-delivered meal program. Information about senior center locations can also be found by calling the Maryland Access Point number.
All Recreation Centers will suspend programs
Effective Monday, March 16th through Friday March 27th , the following will be kept open as food distribution centers from 2pm to 7pm:
Carroll F Cook
Farring - Baybrook
Fred B Leidig
Mary E Rodman
Rita Church Community Center
Robert C. Marshall
Samuel F.B. Morse
Baltimore City Public Schools to Close from March 16 to March 27, 2020
At the direction of the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), all public schools in the state including Baltimore City Public Schools (City Schools) will close all campuses effective March 16, 2020 to March 27, 2020. All school building activities including school day instruction, child care, health services, enrichment, professional development, athletics and club sports, preschool are canceled during this time.
City Schools will also operate an emergency food service program at least eight sites from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, through Friday, March 20, 2020. Students will be able to receive grab-and-go free breakfast and lunch meals. For more information, visit https://www.baltimorecityschools.org/health-updates
The City of Baltimore will only accept payments online and by mail
- Late fees are suspended through at least May 1st
- Payment windows at the Abel Wolman Building will be closed
The City of Baltimore will only accept permit applications online
- This includes: Department of Transportation, Recreation & Parks, Health Department, Department of Public Works and Department of Housing & Community Development
All Licenses that expire March 5, 2020 and after are extended until 30 days after the end of the state of emergency
The City of Baltimore is suspending in-person services at the City's Career and Youth Opportunity Centers
- Staff will provide services and appointments by telephone
- Effective Wednesday, March 18th all Baltimore City employees designated as "telework eligible" will be required to work from home or remote locations until further notice
- And finally, all city employee work related travel is suspended until further notice
Pratt Library to Close to the Public March 14-March 30th
The Enoch Pratt Free Library will close 22 locations to the public from March 14 to March 30. The Pratt will continue to provide online resources to the public throughout this time. Telephone reference service will continue to be available Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. All renewals are waived and cards will remain active. If customers already have library books, they do not need to return them until the Pratt returns to normal business hours.
Maryland Courts Suspend Jury Trials Through April 3rd
All civil and criminal jury trials in the Circuit Courts throughout the state of Maryland scheduled to begin on March 16, 2020, through April 3, 2020, shall be suspended on an emergency basis pending further Order of the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals.
Special Event Cancellations
The Baltimore City Department of Transportation would like to advise residents and visitors that all large events (more than 250 people) permitted through the City of Baltimore for the month of March, 2020 shall be cancelled or postponed effective immediately due to the Coronavirus public health situation.
The following is a list of events previously permitted by the Baltimore City Department of Transportation that are now cancelled or postponed:
St. Patrick’s Day Parade – 3/13/2020
St. Patrick’s Day 5K Race – 3/13/2020
St. Patrick’s Day O’Donnell Street Celebration – 3/13/2020
4th Annual St. Paddy’s Block Party – 3/14/2020
Baltimore Shamrock Pub Crawl 2020 – 3/14/2020
Federal Hill Irish Stroll 2020 (Pub Crawl) – 3/14/2020
24th Annual Rally in the Alley Festival – 3/15/2020
Shamrock 5K Race – 3/15/2020
Wing Fest – 3/21/2020
Opening Day Event Hilton Baltimore – 3/25/2020
Orioles Opening Day Celebration Pickles Pub – 3/25/2020
Opening Day Festival Frank & Nicks – 3/26/2020
Opening Day Block Party Babe Ruth Museum – 3/26/2020
Pearl Jam event – 3/26/2020
Orioles Game Event Sliders – 3/28/2020
Books & Brew Festival – 3/28/2020
Shuckin in the Street Festival – 3/28/2020
Orioles Gameday Celebration Pickles Pub – 3/28/2020
Patterson Park Kite Festival – 3/28/2020
Orioles Game Celebration The Bullpen – 3/28/2020
What is the Baltimore City Health Department doing to protect the community?
- Educating the public and ensuring public health messages are distributed
- Coordinating with the city’s hospitals, clinics, and other doctor’s offices to coordinate efforts around testing and treatment of patients
- Doing routine disease investigations for potential COVID-19 cases in conjunction with the Maryland Department of Health
- Coordinating with other city agencies including the Fire Department and EMS, Police Department, City Schools, Mayor’s Office, MOEM, and others
- Working with community partners, especially those who interact with high-risk populations.
If you do not have a health care provider, please click here for a list of clinics in Baltimore City.
Additional Information about the Coronavirus can be found at
- Maryland Department of Health Novel Coronavirus Website
- CDC Novel Coronavirus Outbreak Website
- WHO Coronavirus Website
- Map of COVID-19 Global Cases (Johns Hopkins University, ESRI, Garmin, FAO, and NOAA)