(last updated Thursday, April 02, at 00:30)

This communication includes critical information and guidance related to COVID-19 and will be updated at least daily as more information becomes available and / or as the situation evolves. If you have questions or suggestions, please email: or call 410-396-4816. Information is organized in the sections listed below.

  1. Health Guidance (City, State, and Federal)
  2. Confirmed Coronavirus Cases and Deaths
  3. Non-Emergency Coronavirus Calls – 2-1-1
  4. State of Maryland – Executive Orders and Proclamations
  5. City of Baltimore – Executive Orders and Proclamations
  6. City of Baltimore – Joint Information Center (JIC)
  7. Food Distribution
  8. Food Markets
  9. Medical Prescriptions
  10. Public Transportation
  11. Parking
  12. Public K-12 Schools
  13. Special Events
  14. Senior Daily Check-Ins
  15. City-Operated Senior Center Buildings
  16. Small Business Resources
  17. Utilities – DPW Water Service – Disconnections Suspended
  18. Utilities – BGE Service – Disconnections Suspended
  19. Utilities – Comcast / Xfinity Service – Disconnections Suspended
  20. Utilities – Verizon Service – Disconnections Suspended
  21. Utilities – Vicinity Energy (formerly Veolia)
  22. Baltimore City Fiscal Year 2021 Budget
  23. Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC)
  24. City Agencies – Baltimore Police Department (BPD)
  25. City Agencies – Baltimore City Fire Department (BCFD)
  26. City Agencies – Baltimore City Department of Public Works (DPW)
  27. City Agencies – Baltimore City Department of Transportation (BCDOT)
  28. City Agencies – Baltimore City Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD)
  29. City Agencies – Baltimore City Recreation and Parks (BCRP)
  30. City Agencies – Baltimore City Health Department
  31. City Agencies – Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice (MOCJ) Safe Streets
  32. City Agencies – Mayor’s Office of Employment Development (MOED)
  33. City Agencies – Mayor’s Office of Homeless Services (MOHS)
  34. City Agencies – Board of Estimates (BOE)
  35. City Agencies – Baltimore Municipal and Zoning Appeals (BMZA)
  36. City Agencies – Baltimore City Board of Liquor License Commissioners (BLLC)
  37. City Agencies – Baltimore City Planning Commission
  38. City Agencies – Environmental Control Board
  39. City Agencies – Community Action Partnership (CAP) Centers
  40. City Agencies – BARCS Animal Shelter
  41. City Agencies – Enoch Pratt Free Library
  42. City Agencies – Family League of Baltimore
  43. City Agencies – Visit Baltimore
  44. City Agencies – Baltimore City Council
  45. City Agencies – Office of the Labor Commissioner
  46. Baltimore City Employees
  47. Baltimore City Payments
  48. Baltimore City Tax Sale
  49. Baltimore City Issued Licenses and Permits
  50. Maryland State Issued Licenses and Permits
  51. State Agencies – Motor Vehicle Administration
  52. Taxes (Local, State, and Federal)
  53. Maryland Health Benefit Exchange
  54. Evictions
  55. Jury Trials
  56. Guidance for Community Based Organizations
  57. Guidance for Faith Based Institutions
  58. Volunteering Opportunities
  59. Blood Drives
  60. Multilingual Guidance
  61. Maryland General Assembly Session
  62. Primary Elections
  63. Misinformation
  64. 11th District Community Benefits Districts
  65. 11th District Universities
  66. 11th District and Baltimore City Hospitals
  1. HEALTH GUIDANCE (City, State, and Federal):
    1. Baltimore City Health Department Infographics (please share these on social media):
    2. City – Baltimore City Health Department:
    3. City of Baltimore:
    4. State – Maryland Department of Health:
    5. Federal – Center for Disease Control:
    6. World Health Organization:
    7. Misinformation: Johns Hopkins Hospital has put together
    1. Baltimore City: 221 total, 2 deaths, as of April 02, 00:10
    2. Maryland: 1,986 total, including 31 deaths, as of April 02, 00:10
    3. United States: 215,081 total, including 5,109 deaths, as of April 02, 00:10
    4. Worldwide: 937,091 total, including 47,231 deaths, as of April 02, 00:10
  3. NON-EMERGENCY CORONAVIRUS CALLS: the Baltimore City Health Department and the Baltimore City Fire Department are urging citizens to call 2-1-1 for non-emergency coronavirus related issues. 9-1-1 should only be used for emergency calls.
    1. Gatherings, Stay at Home Order: Amending and restating the order of march 23, 2020, prohibiting large gatherings and events and closing senior centers, and all non-essential businesses and other establishments, and additionally requiring all persons to stay at home.:
      1. Interpretive Guidance for Gatherings, Stay at Home Order: Stay At Home Order, Curbside Pickup, Campgrounds:
      2. Interpretive Guidance for Gatherings, Stay at Home Order: Employer Documentation, Clergy, In-Home Child and Elder Care:
      3. Essential Activities Include the Following:
        1. Obtaining necessary supplies like groceries and products to maintain personal safety
        2. Seeking medical and behavioral health care
        3. Caring for and transporting family, friends, and animals
        4. Traveling to and from schools for meals and instructional materials
        5. Engaging in outdoor exercise as long as it adheres to social distancing guidelines
        6. Travel required by law enforcement, or court order
        7. Traveling from government buildings for necessary purposes
      4. If you have questions or are unclear, please read the above Executive Order and two pieces of Interpretive Guidance first, in entirety, and then reach out to me if you have questions and I will get you an answer.
    2. Licenses and Permits – Extension (March 12):
    3. National Guard Activation (March 12):
    4. Port – Closure to Passenger Vessels (March 12):
    5. State Employees – Elevated Level II (March 12):
    6. Child Care – Expanded Access (March 13):
    7. Casinos, Racetracks and OTB (March 15):
    8. Health Care Matters (March 16):
    9. Utility Shut-offs and Late Fees (March 16): Governor Hogan has issued an emergency order that prohibits electric, gas, water, sewage, phone, cable TV, and internet service provider companies from shutting off any residential customer’s service, or charging any residential late fees.:
    10. Evictions (March 16): Governor Hogan has issued an emergency order that prohibits Maryland courts from ordering the eviction of any tenant who can show that their failure to pay rent was the result of COVID-19—for example, because of lost or reduced unemployment, or needing to care for a school-aged child—or because they are diagnosed with, or under investigation for, COVID-19.:
    11. Waiving Weight Limits for Delivery Trucks (March 18): To help facilitate the movement of essential supplies, Governor Hogan has issued an emergency order to lift restrictions on the capacity of delivery trucks. Motor vehicles transporting equipment or supplies directly related to the COVID-19 state of emergency are allowed to exceed legal weight limits by up to 15%. The State Highway Administrator may also temporarily waive or modify hauling permit restrictions and conditions deemed safe and appropriate.:
    12. Alcoholic Beverage Delivery and Carryout (March 19): Governor Hogan has issued an emergency order that allows for delivery and carry-out sales of alcohol by restaurants, bars, distilleries, and wineries, subject to liquor laws and other conditions imposed by local alcoholic beverage authorities.:
    13. Augmenting Emergency Medical Services (March 19): Governor Hogan issued an emergency order to allow greater flexibility for emergency medical services personnel to augment other health care providers. This action will help bolster the state’s hospital surge plan.:
    14. Authorizing Reimbursement for Telehealth (March 20):
    15. Prohibiting Price Gouging (March 23):
      1. If you observe price gouging, it should be reported to the Maryland Attorney General’s Office at 410-528-8662, or email:
    16. Fast-Tracking Lab Testing Process (March 23):
    17. Child Care for Essential Personnel (March 25):
    18. Remote Notarizations (March 30):
    19. Maryland Children’s Health Program Contributions (March 30):
    20. Municipal Elections (March 30):
    21. Tax Deadlines and Oaths of Office (March 31):
    22. Proclamation to Postpone April 28 Primary, Implement Vote-By-Mail System for 7th District Congressional Seat:
    23. Proclamation to Declare State of Emergency:
    24. Interpretative Guidance: COVID19-01 – Malls, Food Courts and Trucks, Clubs, Funerals, Barbers, etc.:
    25. Interpretative Guidance: COVID19-02 – Update to COVID19-01, Physical Therapists, Convenience Stores:
    26. Interpretative Guidance: COVID19-03 – Grocery, Pharmacy and Health Care Establishments in Malls:
    27. Interpretative Guidance: COVID19-04 – Businesses That May Remain Open:
    28. Interpretative Guidance: COVID19-05 – Additional Businesses That May Remain Open, Guidance for Retail:
    29. Interpretative Guidance: COVID19-06 – Additional Businesses, Staff Access for Non-Essential Businesses:
  5. CITY OF BALTIMORE – EXECUTIVE ORDERS AND PROCLAMATIONS: Mayor Jack Young declared a State of Emergency on March 18, effective at 12:01pm. That order is explained here:
    1. State of Emergency Executive Order: State of Emergency Executive Order
    2. Freeze on Fiscal Year 2020 Hiring and Spending: As the City works to slow the the spread of COVID-19, Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young has instructed the Finance Department to immediately institute a freeze on all non-essential hiring and spending. On the hiring side, sworn public safety positions will be exempted. Those positions include police officers, paramedics, firefighters and EMT’s, and sheriff’s deputies.
    3. Memo from Department of Finance on Freeze on Fiscal Year 2020 Hiring and Spending: Final Fiscal 2020 Freeze Memo
    4. Approval of Pandemic Mission Critical Spend: Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young announced the COVID-19 Pandemic Mission Critical Stipend. Baltimore City’s frontline public-facing employees, including firefighters, EMTs, and police officers, will receive an additional $200.00 bi-weekly, to ease burdens as they continue to work to keep residents safe during this public health emergency. Other mission critical employees will receive an additional $100.00 bi-weekly:
    5. Mayor Young’s Statement on First Responders Testing Positive for COVID-19 (03.26):
    6. Mayor Young’s Statement on First Two Coronavirus Related Deaths in Baltimore City (03.28):
    7. Mayor Young’s statement on positive COVID-19 test for Baltimore City Public School System employee:
    8. Mayor Young’s Statement calling on residents to stay home, follow Governor Larry Hogan’s Executive Order:
  6. JOINT INFORMATION CENTER (JIC): The City’s Joint Information Center (JIC) is a group of public information officers (PIOs) representing each City agency. They are producing two documents each day, the first being a dashboard illustrating the status of City services, and the second is a daily briefing with important information:
    1. Dashboard Status of City Services: City Services Dashboard – 03.23
    2. Daily Briefing: JIC Daily Briefing COVID-19 04.01.20
    1. Map of Baltimore City Food Distribution Sites (shorthand):
    2. Map of Baltimore City Food Distribution Sites (full map):
    3. Baltimore City Food Distribution Sites: meals are provided by Baltimore City at School Meal Sites, Rec Center Meal Sites, Community Meal Sites, and Mobile Meal Sites. More info on locations and times of day is available here:
    4. The Y in Central Maryland’s Y in Druid Hill Family Center What: Giving away bags of donated food to the West Baltimore Community. Items include dry goods and produce (carrots, onions, potatoes and cabbage)  Why: We Received a 3,000lb donation of food so we could share it with our surrounding community When: Saturday, April 4, 2020  |  12:00pm – 2:00pm (or until the bags run out) Where: The Y in Druid Hill – 1609 Druid Hill Ave, Baltimore, MD 21217 (410.728.1600) How: You will come to the ramp at the main entrance of our Family Center and we will hand you a bag of food for your Family
    5. Baltimore City Public Schools Meal Sites: Baltimore City Public School System operating 17 food distribution sites, where students can receive breakfast and lunch between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. A list of the 17 sites can be found here:
    6. Rec Centers Meal Sites: 40 of the City’s 44 centers will instead serve as food distribution hubs, where school-age children can pick up a midday snack, and prepared dinners in the evening (this does not include special facilities such as Shake and Bake Family Fun Center and Upton Boxing Center). Beginning Monday, students will be able to pick up a snack beginning at 2pm and receive dinner starting at 5pm at any one of 40 recreation center sites and the dinner program will end at 7pm. A list of sites can be found here:
    7. Seniors: Older adults who participate in Eating Together in Baltimore should reserve a meal through their Eating Together Site and should call Maryland Access Point at 410-396-2273 for their pickup time. Older adults who are not Eating Together Participants but need meals should also contact Maryland Access Point.
    8. University of Maryland Medical Center: boxed lunches for students K-5, Saturdays & Sundays, March 21 – April 12, 10am – 1pm, at Historic Samuel Coleridge Taylor Elementary School, 507 W Preston St. UMMC-CommunityLunchBox-Flyer-V7
    9. Map of Maryland Food Bank Recommended Food Distribution Sites:
    10. Moveable Feast: and 410-327-3420
    11. Meals on Wheels: and 410.558.0827
    12. Maryland Access Point: 410-396-2273
    13. Guidance for Restaurants, Non-Profits, and Food Pantries Supporting Food Distribution Efforts: Food Handling Guidance for Restaurants Nonprofits and Pantries 3.18.20 final draft
    1. Baltimore Public Markets Corporation: Avenue Market and Lexington Market: In accordance with new actions announced by Governor Hogan which include the closure of shopping centers, limiting gatherings, and narrowing the use of transit travel due to COVID-19, Lexington Market and Baltimore Public Markets will close to the public effective at 5:00 PM on March 19 and remain closed until further notice. The Markets Corporation realizes this may be an inconvenience to many, however, the design of our markets limits the feasibility of continued carry-out when our merchants do not have direct exterior access to offer walk-up or drive-through services. By stopping patrons from entering and congregating to make purchases and by keeping our employees from using public transportation to get to work, we are doing our part in slowing the progression of this disease. We take seriously our roles in ensuring the health and safety of those in our community and will be closing Lexington, Avenue, Broadway, Hollins and Northeast markets. We will continue to update information on our websites and social media. Visit us at and for further details.
    2. Cross Street Market: closed to the public effective March 19 at 5:00pm. Merchants are making food available for delivery and pick-up (at windows or on Light St exterior of the Market, through here: Updates should also be available on the Cross Street Market website:
    3. Mount Vernon Marketplace: In response to Governor Hogan’s recent directives, the Mount Vernon Marketplace will be closing at 5 pm on March 16th, 2020. We will continue to follow the state’s mandates and recommendations to limit the spread of COVID-19. We want you to be assured of our commitment to everyone’s health and well-being. While the Marketplace is closed, we will be undergoing a deep clean and bleaching to eliminate any remaining germs from surfaces in the building. We truly appreciate your patience during this time. We will continue to monitor the situation, keep you informed, and provide additional updates, as appropriate. Website:
    4. Grocery Store Deliveries: the following grocery stores do home deliveries.
        1. GIANT: PeaPod, 1800-573-2763
        2. Safeway:
        3. Eddie’s Roland Park: 410-889-1558
        4. ShopRite:
        5. Chesapeake Farm to Table: 443-841-2327,
    5. Grocery Store Options for Seniors and Vulnerable Shippers
        1. Safeways: every Tuesday and Thursday from 7am-9am is reserved for vulnerable shoppers, including senior citizens, to obtain groceries.
        2. Giant: Seniors may shop from 6AM-7AM
        3. Dollar General: Seniors may shop during first hour of each day
        4. Target: Seniors may shop an hour before stores open on Wednesdays
        5. Whole Foods: Seniors may shop an hour before opening
  9. MEDICAL PRESCRIPTIONS: the following pharmacies are delivering prescriptions:
      1. South Baltimore Pharmacy: 410-355-8500
      2. Northern Pharmacy: 410-254-2055
      3. Austin Pharmacy: 410-773-0300
      4. CVS:
      5. Walgreens: (some, but not all)
      6. Walmart:
      7. Target:
      8. Giant:
      9. Safeway:
  10. PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: The state is urging citizens to utilize transit for essential travel only, including emergency personnel, front-line health care workers, and anyone whose job is critical to the supply chain. Service changes here:
    1. MTA MARC Train:
      1. MTA has closed its Eastern bus division so it can undergo deep cleaning. The routes affected by the closure include:
      2. CityLink Navy, Orange, Blue, Pink, Lime and Gold
      3. LocalLink 21, 22, 28, 36, 56, 59, 62, 63, and 65
      4. Express BusLink 105, 120, and 160
    2. MTA Metro Subway:
    3. MTA Bus:
    4. MTA Light Rail:
    5. Charm City Circulator:
    6. Charm City Harbor Connector:
    7. Water Taxi:
    8. BWI Airport:
      1. On March 19, Governor Hogan has directed the Maryland Department of Transportation to restrict access to the BWI Marshall Terminal to ticketed passengers and employees only. Exceptions will be made for visitors assisting disabled passengers. Maryland Transportation Authority Police will strictly enforce this policy.
    9. Baltimore Cruise Ship Terminal: — the cruise ship terminal in Baltimore City is closed, with the exception of two ships. The Carnival (all passengers disembarked on March 15) and the Royal Caribbean (all passengers expected to disembark on March 19). All crew on the Carnival have to stay on the ship. No crew have had any symptoms. No Carnival passengers had symptoms, so no testing was done prior to disembarking. No Royal Caribbean passengers have any symptoms, so no testing will be done unless that changes in next 48 hours. No confirmed cases in Maryland are linked to anyone on the ship.
    10. Cashless Tolling: the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) will move to all-cashless tolling statewide to limit interaction between the public and toll collectors.
  11. PARKING: The enforcement of Residential Permit Parking, street cleaning parking, 48-hour parking, abandoned vehicles and peak hour parking violations will be suspended. Transportation Enforcement Officers will focus on citing immediate safety and pedestrian issues.
    1. Mechanical Streetsweeping Parking Restrictions Lifted: DOT and DPW have agreed to not enforce parking restrictions for mechanical streetsweeping until further notice. More info In the letter I sent to DOT and DPW here: 2020.03.15 – Mechanical Streetsweeping
    2. 48 Hour Rule Parking Restrictions Lifted: DOT has agreed to not enforce the 48 hour rule until further notice.
    3. Residential Permit Parking (RPP) Restrictions Lifted: DOT is not enforcing RPP restrictions until further notice.
    4. Abandoned Vehicle Restrictions Lifted: DOT is not enforcing Abandoned Vehicle restrictions until further notice.
    5. Parking Meter Payment Suspended: parking meter restrictions will not be in effect for the duration of the State of Emergency. No payment is required at parking meters.
    6. Commercial Parking Restrictions in Neighborhoods: temporarily suspended. More info to follow from DOT and Department of Law.
    7. Parking Authority of Baltimore City (PABC) RPP Renewals: All Residential Parking Permits (RPP) that expire in the month of March or April of 2020, will be honored until further notice. Due to the Coronavirus/COVID 19 pandemic, the Parking Authority Office is currently closed to the public and is not requiring expiring permits to renew at this time. Please do not go online to purchase permits at this time. We will keep you updated as the situation continues.
      1. One-day parking permits (yellow) are not included in this grace period. Community pickups and extended hours for March and April, 2020 are canceled.
      2. March Expirations: Area 3: Bolton Hill:
      3. April Expirations: Area 19: Federal Hill South:
      4. The Parking Authority of Baltimore remains closed. However, staff are available to assist the public via email at  or by phone at (443) 573-2800. No employees will be working from the office until the emergency has been lifted.
    8. Parking Enforcement – Meters – Suspended: Parking meters/parking meter restrictions will not be in effect for the duration of the State of Emergency. No payment is required at parking meters.
      1. I’ve drafted a brief outline of why parking meters should still in place, below. Metered Parking Enforcement, Why It Is Necessary, Even During COVID-19:  I recognize that metered parking enforcement is wildly unpopular, and a lot of folks have raised concerns about it happening during the COVID-19 emergency.Philadelphia has stopped meter enforcement. As expected, the metered parking spaces are being taken up all day by commuters and other long-term parkers who should be using off-street parking. The spaces are, therefore, not available for safe pick-ups and drop-offs, pick-up of food from restaurants that offer carryout (but are otherwise closed), and people who need short-term street-level parking in those areas for a variety of reasons. People are double and triple parking for those actions, thereby blocking travel lanes (to emergency vehicles in some circumstances). While I believe everything is on the table as an option right now and there are certainly positives from suspending enforcement, the above are several good reasons to not suspend it. Everything is fluid at this point, so please stay tuned. In addition, I have asked the Administration and Parking Authority to explore implementation of temporary curbside loading zones adjacent to restaurants. The would entail establishing “No Parking” zones in areas with many restaurants. The established zones will prevent parking in front of the restaurants while allowing temporary “standing parking” of 15 minutes or less for curbside pickup and deliveries of carryout orders. Seattle, WA and Montgomery County, MD have implemented similar measures. Again, everything is fluid at this point, so please stay tuned.
    1. Closure: All public schools in MD are closed from Monday, March 16 – Friday, April 24. Plans re: child care and delivery of meals are being formulated. All private schools are encouraged to follow the State declaration.
    2. Public Schools Meal Sites: Baltimore City Public School System operating 17 food distribution sites, where students can receive breakfast and lunch between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. A list of the 18 sites can be found here:
    3. Learning Packets: The district has developed downloadable learning packets by grade level that students may complete while schools are closed. Each grade level packet is broken into five days, with extension opportunities to cover additional learning time. Learning packets may be found online at
      1. For the week of March 30 through April 3 – students will continue to complete the district-created learning packets along with learning tools they received from their school and teachers. For families that have not yet picked up the packets for their students, additional copies are available at the 18 City Schools emergency food sites.
      2. Beginning April 6 – City Schools will make a transition to providing learning experiences for all students through distance learning. Students will continue to engage in learning based on their needs. Students will be able to access daily reading and math lessons on two educational access channels. They will also have access to those lessons online, in addition to other resources.
      3. To learn more about this strategy, please view our Distance Learning flyer:
    4. COVID-19 Hotline: The district is operating a COVID-19 hotline to answer questions from students, families, and staff. Community members with City Schools-related questions are encouraged to call our hotline between 9 a.m and 4 p.m. at 443-984-2000. Select “2” to reach a customer service agent.
    5. March 26 Press Conference with City Schools CEO, Dr. Sonja Santelises:
    6. Closure of Daycare for Non-Essential Employees Children: Maryland schools Superintendent Karen Salmon has ordered most child care centers to close at the end of business Friday, March 27, the latest attempt to slow the spread of coronavirus. The order essentially prohibits nonessential workers from having their children in a day care center or program. Day care that is provided by friends, family and neighbors is still allowed if there are fewer than five children. Programs that are eligible to care for the children of essential workers can be found at or by calling 877-261-0060 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
      1. Childcare facilities for emergency personnel may be found here:
      2. Find additional information regarding the closure of childcare centers here:
    7. City Schools surveys families to assess food and technology needs during school closure: City Schools released its online family survey to identify students and families without adequate access to the internet or devices to accommodate new distance-based learning methods. The survey, which also asses their need for food support, may be found at
    8. Staff Member from Cherry Hill Tested Positive for COVID-19: The Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) has informed Baltimore City Public Schools that a staff member at The Historic Cherry Hill Elementary/Middle School recently tested positive for COVID-19 during the school building closure period. Based on an investigation by BCHD when the individual began to show symptoms, the employee contracted the virus three days after schools were closed.
      1. The employee has not been at the school during the closure period, including in recent days when the school building has been used to distribute learning packets and emergency meals. Out of respect for the employee’s confidentiality we cannot release any personal information.
      2. Nevertheless, City Schools continues to take proper steps to ensure all buildings, including Cherry Hill, are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized for use both now and when students return. We are following all recommended guidance from BCHD and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including best practices for cleaning, hygiene, and social distancing.
      3. The most critical steps involve actions the district has taken to ensure schools and offices are sanitized, including:
        1. At every opportunity, directing staff members to work remotely
        2. To the greatest extent possible, practicing social distancing when distributing emergency meals or learning packets
        3. Encouraging frequent handwashing for employees that are working
        4. Cleaning and sanitizing high-use areas, paying particular attention to shared surfaces (doorknobs, sink/toilet handles, elevator buttons, etc.)
    9. Staff Member from Steuart Hill Academic Academy Tested Positive for COVID-19: Baltimore City Public Schools has learned that an individual supporting Steuart Hill Academic Academy recently tested positive for COVID-19 during the school building closure period. Once the person’s condition was known, they immediately ceased contact with the campus. Based on discussions and a review of the timeline, the individual contracted the virus after schools were closed. Out of respect for the individuals’ confidentiality, we cannot release any personal information.
  13. SPECIAL EVENTS: all events with a capacity of > 10 are prohibited by the State until further notice.
  14. SENIOR DAILY CHECK-INS: The Maryland Department of Ageing has established a free, opt-in, daily telephonic service to check on Maryland’s older residents, all across the state:​
    1. We recommend all seniors use the program as a resource during the COVID-19 global pandemic. Senior Call Check phone lines are open M-F 8 am-5 pm and Saturday 9 am-3 pm.  During these hours, seniors can call toll-free 1-866-50-CHECK (1-866-502-0560) and register.  The verification and enrollment process can be completed within 24 hours Monday – Saturday.
    2. How does it work?: Every day a telephone call will be placed to a participant at a regularly scheduled time. These calls will take place between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. as close as possible to the one-hour time block pre-selected by the participant. If the participant does not answer their first call, they will be tried two more times. If those calls go unanswered, additional calls will be made to notify an alternative person who is selected by the participant during program enrollment. This could be an adult child, a neighbor, or another loved one. The alternate will then be encouraged to check on the older adult program participant. The failure of the participant and alternate to answer may result in a Welfare Check by local law enforcement.
  15. CITY-OPERATED SENIOR CENTERS: discretionary activities are temporarily suspended for older adults, including all programming at the seven City-operated Senior Center buildings. The City Operated Senior Centers will remain staffed to assist older adults and continue to provide meals, supplies, and information and referral services to those who need it. Planned activities involving mass gatherings, trips and classes will be suspended.
    1. Beginning March 16, the Health Department will provided boxed lunches at senior centers. If there arefactors 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. More information available here:
    1. Maryland Department of Commerce: Commerce is offering three new business assistance programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic:
      1. Maryland Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Loan Fund – This $75 million loan fund offers no interest or principal payments due for the first 12 months, then converts to a 36-month term loan of principal and interest payments, with an interest rate at 2% per annum.
      2. Maryland Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant Fund – This $50 million grant program offers grant amounts up to $10,000, not to exceed 3 months of demonstrated cash operating expenses for the first quarter of 2020.
      3. Maryland COVID-19 Emergency Relief Manufacturing Fund – This $5 million incentive program helps Maryland manufacturers to produce personal protective equipment (PPE) that is urgently needed by hospitals and health-care workers across the country. More information coming by Friday, March 27, 2020.
    2. Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC):
      1. BDC has developed a quick survey (5 minutes total) to help them focus their efforts on providing support during Coronavirus. Please take 5 minutes to fill out survey:
      2. BDC has published a website, Baltimore Together, which aggregates resources available to small businesses, along with a database of restaurants open for takeout and delivery:
    3. COVID-19 Layoff Aversion Fund: In an effort to help businesses keep employees on the payroll as social distancing and teleworking is implemented, the Maryland Department of Labor has created a COVID-19 Layoff Aversion Fund of up to $50,000 per applicant. That funding can be used to cover the costs of purchasing remote access equipment and software, sanitization services to enable small businesses to keep employees at work on site, liability insurance for restaurants that convert to delivery, and more. You can learn more and apply at:
    4. State of Maryland – Business Express – extensive guidance and an FAQ:
    5. Downtown Partnership List: Downtown Partnership has put together the following list of resources for businesses. The complete list is available here:
      1. Baltimore Micro Loan Fund Loans
      2. Facebook Small Business Grants
      3. Baltimore Business Lending Loan
      4. Entrepreneurs of Color Fun Loans ($5K-$250K)
      5. Harbor Bank Business Loan
      6. Kiva Baltimore Loan (up to $10K & expanded for Coronavirus)
      7. LEDC Loan
      8. MCE Micro and Business Loan
      9. Military Personnel and Veteran-Owned Small Business Loan Program (up to $50k)
      10. Micro-enterprise Loan Program
      11. Neighborhood BusinessWorks Loan
      12. Program for Investors in Microentrepreneurs
      13. The VOLT Fund Loans ($25K-$500K)
      14. Honeycomb Credit Small Business Relief Loan
      15. United Way Community Response and Recovery Fund
      16. Downtown Partnership TechConnect Grant
      17. Downtown Partnership Facade Improvement Grant
      18. Baltimore Development Corporation Facade Improvement Grant
    6. Federal Government Websites:
      1. U.S. Small Business Administration – currently has two disaster loan programs available to all small business owners. Information on the programs is below and they can be accessed at:
        1. Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program: This program provides targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and nonprofits that have been severely impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.
        2. SBA Express Bridge Loans: This program allows small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 with less paperwork. These loans can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing and can be a term loan or used to bridge the gap while applying for a direct SBA Economic Injury Disaster loan.
      2. U.S. Department of Labor – guidelines on preparing workplaces for COVID-19:
      3. U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) – information for employers and employees:
      4. U.S. Department of Labor – information on Fair Labor Standards Act and job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act:
      5. SmallBusiness.com
      6. CARES Act Description:
      7. CARES Act Loans: thanks to local law firm Rosenberg, Martin, and Greenberg, LLP for putting together this helpful guide to CARES Act Loans:
      8. CARES Act Tax Provisions: thanks to local law firm Rosenberg, Martin, and Greenberg, LLP for putting together this helpful guide to CARES Act Tax Provisions:
      9. CARES Act Overview: thanks to local law firm Ballard Spahr, LLP, for putting together this helpful overview of the CARES Act:
      10. US Chamber of Commerce Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide & Checklist: Guide to help small businesses, independent contractors, and gig economy workers prepare to file for a coronavirus relief loan under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.  Note that borrowers will need to provide a good faith certification that they will use the loan proceeds to retain workers and maintain payroll or make mortgage, lease, and utility payments.:
      11. Maryland Health Working Families Act – the Maryland Department of Labor’s Division of Labor and Industry enforces the Maryland Health Working Families Act, also known as safe and sick leave, which may be useful for employees who need to take off from work due to COVID-19. To learn more about the law, email or call 410-767-235.
    7. Temporary or Permanent Layoffs – if a business experiences a temporary or permanent layoff, the MD Department of Labor’s Division of Unemployment Insurance’s Bulk Claim Services can open unemployment insurance claims for all affected employees. Businesses should contact a Claims Representative by emailing or calling (410) 767-3252, or visiting:
    8. Maryland Insurance Administration – has also put together an FAQ addressing insurance-related questions about coronavirus:
    9. Paycheck Protection Plan: thanks to Jason Schwartberg from MD Energy Advisors for putting together this helpful write-up:
  17. UTILITIES – DPW WATER SERVICE – DISCONNECTIONS SUSPENDED: effective immediately, Baltimore City DPW will not turn off water service for failure to pay. This will stay in effect until at least the time when the Maryland State of Emergency is lifted. It was a regional decision made through Executive Orders signed by Mayor Jack Young and Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski, Jr.:
    1. Customers whose service was disconnected prior to the March 13 moratorium on service disconnections should contact BGE to have service restored
    2. BGE is suspending service disconnections and waiving new late payment charges at least until May 1. They will be working with customers on a case-by-case basis to establish payment arrangements and identify energy assistance options. Customers who may be challenged in paying their bill should contact BGE Customer Care at 800-685-0123. We will work with customers to find appropriate payment options, like Budget Billing, which averages payments over a 12-month period to help customers manage their monthly energy bill, or flexible payment arrangements that offer individually tailored payment installment plans. More info on BGE’s Coronavirus response may be viewed here:
  19. UTILITIES – COMCAST / XFINITY SERVICE – DISCONNECTIONS SUSPENDED: the following policies will be put in place and will stay in effect for the next 60 days.
    1. No Disconnects or Late Fees: We will not disconnect a customer’s internet service or assess late fees if they contact us and let us know that they can’t pay their bills during this period. Our care teams will be available tooffer flexible payment options and can help find other solutions.
    2. Xfinity WiFi Free For Everyone: Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit: Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots, and then launch a browser.
    3. Internet Essentials Free to NewCustomers: It’s now easier for low-income families who live in a Comcast service area to sign-up for Internet Essentials, the nation’s largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption program. New customers will receive 60 days of complimentary Internet Essentials service, which is normally available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month.
    4. Comcast Internet Essentials Promotional Offer (March 30 – April 30, 2020) for City Schools families:
      1. City Schools is excited to partner with Comcast to bring the power of high speed internet service to students, families, and staff through the Internet Essentials program. Comcast is currently offering 2 months of free internet service to eligible Internet Essentials program participants. Any family with a child attending City Schools is eligible to apply to the Internet Essentials program through Comcast since the district provides free breakfast and lunch to all students. Staff may also apply for Internet Essentials if they are a parent of a City Schools student or fall within another qualifying group.
      2. Once enrolled in the program, participants can take advantage of special computer training and can even purchase a laptop or desktop computer at a super reduced rate while supplies last. To be eligible for the 2-month free promotion, you must apply by April 30, 2020. After the promotional period, the standard Internet Essentials rate of $9.95 + tax would apply. Program participants must opt out of the program to not be charged the fee after the promotional period ends. Apply today online (preferred) or by phone at 1-855-8-INTERNET (1-855-846-8376).
      3. Please note: families are not required to give a credit card or Social Security Number in order to benefit
  20. UTILITIES – VERIZON SERVICE – DISCONNECTIONS SUSPENDED: Verizon will waive late fees and keep residential and small business customers until at least May 12, 2020:
  21. UTILITIES – VICINITY ENERGY (formerly VEOLIA): Vicinity is taking proactive actions in line with federal, state and local health organizations to protect employees, customers, and communities. We have a comprehensive plan in place to keep our operations running as usual and our commitment is to serve our districts without disruption as we respond to this pandemic. Vicinity’s sites will remain open and there will be no disruption in energy supply or service.
  22. BALTIMORE CITY FISCAL YEAR (FY) 2021 BUDGET: the Baltimore City Council’s Budget & Appropriations Committee is chaired by Councilman Eric T. Costello. While the process should remain similar to previous years, updates will be provided here as they become available.
    1. FY2021 Budget Documents:
    2. The Board of Estimates will host the Fiscal Year 2021 Preliminary Budget Presentation and Annual Taxpayers’ Night on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Due to the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, these events will be hosted online.
      1. Taxpayers’ Night allows residents to fully engage in the budget process. Residents get a chance to comment and ask pertinent questions about how their tax dollars are being spent, and review the investments being made to move Baltimore forward. The Preliminary Budget will be released as-is to ensure full transparency of the City’s fiscal plan before pandemic-related revisions are made; however, major revisions due to the financial implications of the COVID-19 pandemic are expected before the final Fiscal 2021 Ordinance is presented to the Board of Estimates on May 6th. Future events will be announced and hosted for residents to learn the details and implications of these revisions.
      2. Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young, City Council President Brandon M. Scott, Comptroller Joan M. Pratt, Acting City Solicitor Dana P. Moore, and Acting Director of Public Works Matthew W. Garbark will hear the Preliminary Fiscal 2021 Budget Presentation from Robert Cenname, the City’s Budget Director at 6:00 p.m., followed by public comment.
      3. Residents can access the events online at or on the phone via +1-408-418-9388 and enter access code 719 116 074. The event will be streamed on CharmTV’s cable channel (Channel 25/1085HD) and online here. Testimony can only be provided live by residents who use the web-based application. If interested in giving testimony on April 7, residents are asked to sign up at before and during the event. All testimony is limited to two minutes per speaker.
      4. The Board of Estimates will also accept public testimony through April 10, 2020, via email ( or voicemail, 443-984-8910.
  23. HOUSING AUTHORITY OF BALTIMORE CITY (HABC): we are taking precautionary measures to address the Coronavirus and to prevent the spread of the viruses for all our residents and staff. We want our residents in the public housing communities to know that at this time we are open for business to address all emergencies in resident units, such as no heat, water, electricity, issues involving sewer and sanitation, or any issues relating to safety and security. All routine work orders will be processed on a priority basis. In addition, HABC will continue to make reasonable accommodation modifications in accordance with the Bailey Consent Decree requirements. The Section 8 and Public Housing Offices located at 1225 Pratt Street will be closed to the Public effective March 16 through March 27. All appointments, inspections and voucher briefings will be re-scheduled at a later date. More importantly, we are encouraging all residents and staff to follow the best practices provided by the CDC to maintain a sanitary environment and keep themselves safe and healthy. See more here:
    1. Notice about rent adjustments for loss of income due to the coronavirus – Letter to HABC Public Housing Residents:
    2. Notice about rent adjustments for loss of income due to the coronavirus – Letter to HABC Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) Participants:
    1. Police Commissioner Michael Harrison released the following videos:
      1. First Video:
      2. Second Video:
      3. Third Video:
      4. Fourth Video:
    2. Restricted Public Access to BPD Facilities: the Baltimore Police Department remains fully staffed and available to respond to calls for service. For the safety of our residents and officers, we have temporarily restricted some public access at our police districts to prevent the spread of COVID-19. For all emergencies, please continue to call 911. To file a police report online, visit or call 1-844-354-2059. Please share the following: BPD – Restricted Public Access to BPD Facilities
    3. How is BPD enforcing the Governor’s order on essential businesses: BPD Enforcement of Non-Essential Businesses
    4. NW District Member Tested Positive for COVID-19: A member assigned to the Northwest District received a positive test result for COVID-19. Upon realizing they were potentially exposed to the virus, the officer immediately self-quarantined and has been, for over week. Commissioner Harrison has spoken to this member and he is in good spirits and is recovering. As of this afternoon, the department has two members that have tested positive for COVID-19.
      1. The Department has cleaned and disinfected the affected work spaces and have identified those that may have come in contact with the employee. We are directing those individuals to contact their healthcare provider if they begin to display symptoms.
      2. The task force continues to receive and distribute vehicle kits and cleaning supplies throughout the department. Additionally, requests to the Department of General Services to have work stations sanitized are being fulfilled.
      3. The Department is taking the necessary precautions and will continue to follow the recommendations of health officials within the Baltimore City Health Department and public health experts.
    1. Smokestack Hardy Station at 405 McMechen St: is operating normally.
      1. Smokestack Hardy Station: this house had been temporarily closed due to a staff member being tested positive for Coronavirus. Fire staff at this house from Engine 13, Medic Unit 4, and Ambulance 26 personnel have been assigned to nearby houses to perform similar functions and cover the geographic catchment area previously assigned to this house. The house has been completely cleaned and sanitized.
    1. Ensuring the Continued Delivery of Safe, Clean Drinking Water: The City’s rigorous water filtration and disinfection process and testing procedures ensure that drinking water is free of viruses, including COVID-19. This also applies to the wastewater systems operated by the City of Baltimore. “As the primary provider of drinking water in the Baltimore region, the City of Baltimore wants to ensure residents that we have emergency plans in place to continue to provide high-quality drinking water and to keep the City clean”.
    2. Water Billing: the City of Baltimore will only accept water bill and other payments online and by mail. The Water Billing Customer Call Center will be closed as will the Customer Walk-In Center located on the first floor of the Abel Wolman Municipal Building. DPW’s Customer Support and Services Walk-in Center, located on the first floor of the Abel Wolman Municipal Building, is closed to the public at this time. Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young said. Mayor Young has reinforced that water service will not be shut off due to nonpayment, and that late fees will be waived while residents deal with the implications of the coronavirus. In addition, DPW continues to offer repayment plans for customers who fall behind in their water bills
    3. Solid Waste: All services other than curbside collections, condo collections, disposal services at the Quarantine Road Landfill and the Northwest Transfer Facility, operations at the Citizen Drop-Off Centers, and corner can collections will be suspended indefinitely. The collections and disposal of trash in corner cans as well as the Citizen Drop Off Centers will remain operational. The suspended services include street and alley cleaning, property management, maritime operations, and special services (graffiti removal, rat abatement, and bulk trash pickup). This action will ensure we have a reserve of staff knowledgeable and capable of performing the critical functions.
    4. Corner Trash Cans: DPW will continue to service “corner trash cans” — those found in a neighborhoods on the sidewalk.
    5. Park Trash Cans: DPW will resume servicing all park trash cans on a daily basis starting on Wednesday, March 25, at 8am. Please see following letter I sent to DPW to have this reinstated: 2020.03.24 – DPW Solid Waste – Parks and Corner Cans
    6. Mechanical Street Sweeping: street sweeping operations have been suspended to accommodate the large number of residents required to telework. Parking violations will not be enforced.
    7. Roll-Off Dumpsters Suspended: as the City redirects its resources to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak, DPW’s Bureau of Solid Waste will not be able to provide roll-off dumpsters for community-supported cleanup activities.
    8. The following  Citizen Drop-Off Centers will be closed to the public:
      1. Northwest Citizens’ Convenience Center located at 2840 Sisson Street;
      2. Eastern Citizens’ Convenience Center located at 6101 Bowleys Lane; and,
      3. Southwest Citizens’ Convenience Center located at 701 Reedbird Avenue.
    9. The recreational area around Lake Montebello, which is a DPW facility, will be restricted as follows in order to promote social distancing:
      1. Exercise and play equipment will be closed.
      2. All motor vehicle traffic into the area and around the lake will be suspended. This action will ensure those people choosing to walk around the lake have more space to distance and will limit groups of individuals from traveling to the area.
    10. Mayor’s Spring Cleanup Cancelled – Due to the COVID-19 Emergency Response and the need to follow best practices of social distancing, the Mayor’s Spring Cleanup has been cancelled.
    11. The Quarantine Road Landfill will no longer accept cash or credit card transactions.
    12. Only emergency water maintenance issues will be addressed.
    13. Construction, engineering, and maintenance projects not deemed essential will be suspended.
    14. All recreational activities at the Liberty, Loch Raven, and Prettyboy reservoirs will be suspended. This includes hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, boating, fishing, and horseback riding.
    15. Prequalification for contractors/consultants will be automatically extended for three months.
    16. Minimal staffing will be managing utility maintenance and meter operations. Only emergency or essential functions will be handled.
    17. All staff capable of teleworking must telework.
    1. The enforcement of metered parking, Residential Permit Parking, street cleaning parking, 48-hour parking, abandoned vehicles and peak hour parking violations will be suspended. Transportation Enforcement Officers will focus on citing immediate safety and pedestrian issues.
    2. Vehicle towing operations will be significantly reduced and will focus on immediate safety issues. The city’s impound facilities at Pulaski Highway and Fallsway remain closed to the public.
    3. DOT Maintenance crews and operations will be scaled back to focus on emergency and critical issues related to the repair of roadways, signs, lighting, etc.
    4. Traffic calming studies will be postponed.
    5. Federal contract work will continue to operate throughout the City of Baltimore. This includes bridge, buildings and reconstruction/streetscape projects.
    6. Paving and sidewalk work (except for federally funded projects) will be postponed.
    7. Conduit contractors will reduce their work forces and respond only to critical BGE related repairs.
    8. DOT’s Right-of-Way office remains closed to the public and permit requests should be submitted online.
    9. Parking meter payments/restrictions will not be enforced for this period.
    10. Right of Way Services Division: the Department of Transportation – Right of Way Services Division, located at 401 E. Fayette Street, will be closed to the public beginning Monday, March 16. Until further notice, no permit applications will not be accepted in person. This policy will be evaluated and updated on a weekly basis.
      1. Special Event permit applications for activities such as Block Parties, Special Events, Ceremonial Street Signs, Event Parking, Horizontal Banner and Street Vending Licenses & Permits can be found online by visiting here: — Applications and questions should be submitted to Please visit our website or email for updates regarding the Special Events and Vendor Licensing Section. For additional information or to schedule appointments for Mobile Vending Licenses, call 410-396-1916.
      2. Temporary Use of Right of Way permit applications for street cuts, street, lane, sidewalk closures, driveway, curb, cuts, dumpsters, scaffolds, storage containers, etc. can be found by visiting here: — Applications and questions should be submitted to or call 410-396-4508 for additional information.
      3. Minor Privilege permit information and applications can be found by visiting here: — Questions can be emailed to or by calling 410-396-3346.
      4. Information regarding property ownership, property research, mailing address changes, property consolidation, subdivision applications, deed cards, block plats and maps can be found by visiting here: — Questions can be emailed to or by calling 410-396-3800.
  28. BALTIMORE CITY DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT (DHCD): the Department of Housing & Community Development’s One-Stop Shop, located at 417 E. Fayette Street, will close to the public beginning Monday, March 16. No permit applications will not be accepted in person until further notice. The Department is also suspending all in-person services for permits and plan reviews (construction and building permits) and licensing and registration (property, contractors, and alarms). Visit and go to the “Permits and Inspections” link to process online, or call 443-984-1809 for Permits and Plans Review, and 410-396-3575 for Licensing and Registration.
    1. Parks: BCRP has closed all of the following areas at parks: courts (tennis, basketball, bocce), pavilions, playgrounds, and all park installed outdoor fitness / workout equipment, effective immediately, until further notice.
    2. Removal of Basketball Court Rims and Tennis Court Nets: due to numerous violations of temporary rules, Mayor Young has ordered all basketball court rims and tennis court nets to be removed:
    3. Dog Parks: remain open, with limitations. There is a maximum of five people allowed in Latrobe Park Dog Park in Locust Point and Howard’s Park Dog Park in Mount Vernon at any given time.
    4. Community Gardens Managed by BCRP: still open until further notice.
    5. Fort McHenry: while not under the City’s portfolio, as Fort McHenry is a US National Park. It is closed effective 5pm, on March 28.
    6. Park Trash Cans: DPW will resume servicing all park trash cans on a daily basis starting on Wednesday, March 25, at 8am. Please see following letter I sent to DPW to have this reinstated: 2020.03.24 – DPW Solid Waste – Parks and Corner Cans
    7. Rec Centers: all Baltimore City Recreation & Parks (BCRP) rec centers (including those attached to schools, i.e., Crispus Attucks, Ella Bailey, Mt Royal, and Robert C. Marshall) will cease operating programming for two weeks, beginning on Monday, March 16.
    8. Rec Centers Meal Program: 40 of the City’s 44 centers will instead serve as food distribution hubs, where school-age children can pick up a midday snack, and prepared dinners in the evening (this does not include special facilities such as Shake and Bake Family Fun Center and Upton Boxing Center). Beginning Monday, students will be able to pick up a snack beginning at 2pm and receive dinner starting at 5pm at any one of 40 recreation center sites and the dinner program will end at 7pm. A list of sites can be found here:
    9. Senior Programs: All BCRP Senior programs are suspended until further notice. Food service will continue. For a list of locations or for more information, call the BCRP Senior Division: 410-396-2920.
    10. Permits: the Department of Recreation and Parks’ Permit Office, located at 3201 Boston Street, will be closed to the public beginning Monday, March 16. No permit applications will be accepted in person, until further notice. For event permits that take place in our parks, including Open to Public Events in Parks, General Park Use or Private Events, Athletic Permits and more, please visit here: or email or visit here:
  30. BALTIMORE CITY HEALTH DEPARTMENT: the Baltimore City Health Department will be closed to the public beginning Monday, March 16.
    1. Permit applications will not be accepted in person, until further notice. All questions and concerns related to food permits, plan review services and hauler permits should be directed to our Environmental Inspection Services office at 410-396-4424.  Facilities may send their permit renewals through U.S. Postal Mail to 1001 E. Fayette St., Baltimore, MD to be processed. All licenses that expire March 5 and after are extended until 30 days after the end of the the State of Emergency that was declared by Governor Hogan. They will not incur late fees. All facilities that are currently undergoing Plan Review (change of ownership or new food facilities) should contact our office directly for assistance.
    2. All animal related complaints should continue to be reported to 311.  All questions and concerns related to an impounded animal and or permitting, please contact 410-396-4689.  Dog and cat licenses may be renewed online by visiting here:
    1. Sites / Offices: Site offices are closed to the public for the next two weeks (through 3/27). We will monitor the situation and reassess regularly. Staff have been instructed to regularly clean and disinfect all high-touch surfaces in the sites.
    2. Staff:  Outreach staff (Violence Interrupters and Outreach Workers) are continuing to report to their supervisors and brief with the team in the site office. Canvassing will continue, with staff canvassing from their vehicles as much as possible. Staff have been instructed to avoid physical contact with each other and with participants. Staff will use the phone to communicate with each other as much as possible. Staff with a cough have been asked to not come into work and to seek medical attention immediately.Community Engagement: Outreach staff have been asked to maintain social distance, 6 ft away, from all individuals when possible. Staff will use the phone to communicate and follow up with participants as much as possible. Community events, including monthly community meetings and monthly youth council meetings are canceled for the next two weeks. We understand the need to provide food assistance to participants and community members. Delivering care packages and food to the homes of families in need and participants is allowed as long as staff do not come into unnecessary contact with community members. For example, staff should notify families and participants via phone that care packages will be dropped off, and leave items at the door/porch/steps to limit contact.
    3. Please reach out to if you are interested in making a donation, and include your location so we can match you to the nearest Safe Streets site. Our staff can come to you to pick up, and will wear gloves and maintain a safe social distance. We can also provide information on making a direct monetary donation, which will be used to purchase the above supplies at a wholesale supplier.
  32. MAYOR’S OFFICE OF EMPLOYMENT DEVELOPMENT (MOED): MOED has suspended the operation of its adult and youth service locations due to COVID-19. This impacts a number of the services. Those seeking help with finding employment or other supports are encouraged to visit their Website at for links to resources that are available at this time
    1. MOED Jobs Board: In response to this crisis, MOED has established a “jobs board” which currently lists about 25 employers who have about 75 jobs available at this time.  We will continue to update the board as more jobs become available or become filled.  Please note that for each posting, we have a specific MOED job developer who stands ready to help any resident seeking assistance to apply for the position or more general assistance. See here:
  33. MAYOR’S OFFICE OF HOMELESS SERVICES (MOHS): on March 25, Mayor Jack Young released the City’s COVID-19 Response Plan for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness: A more detailed version is available here: MOHS COVID Plan – Public Summary. MOHS has committed to the following actions:
    1. Emergency Shelter Assessments and Testing – On March 20th, 2020, MOHS released guidance to the primary public emergency shelters. MOHS implemented this protocol to proactively identify potential COVID infections in emergency shelter environments as quickly as possible.  It provides a process and resources for five of the public emergency shelters to assess residents for symptoms consistent with COVID, consult with a health care provider, receive a referral for testing, and be transported to an isolation site. It includes:
      1. Shelter Client Triage Screening Tool: The emergency shelters will use this tool to proactively screen all shelter residents for symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
      2. Telephonic Screening: After a positive initial screening, shelters will connect with a health provider to conduct a secondary telephonic screening.
      3. COVID-19 Testing and Isolation: If the screening is positive, the individual will be referred for COVID testing and provided with transportation.
    2. Hospital Discharge Practices – On March 17, 2020, MOHS released interim guidance for hospitals to ensure the proactive assessment of housing status upon discharge, prevent unsafe reentry into congregate living environments and unsheltered locations, and provide a safe alternative for isolation. Depending on the scenario, it includes discharge protocols to assess housing status and facilitate transfer to an isolation site or an emergency shelter bed as follows:
      1. Discharge Protocol for Patients with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19: For patients being discharged who are pending COVID-19 test results or are a confirmed case, before discharge, hospitals should complete a Housing Environment Screen to determine whether or not the individual will be able to self-isolate at home.
      2. Discharge Protocol for Patients Experiencing Homelessness when COVID-19 is NOT Suspected: For patients being discharged from the hospital who are experiencing homeless when COVID-19 is NOT suspected, the hospital may coordinate discharge to an emergency shelter by contacting the Mayor’s Office of Homeless Services.
    3. Isolation Sites – Baltimore City has secured multiple isolation sites to provide individuals experiencing homelessness and others unable to self-isolate with a safe alternative while awaiting test results and/or recovering from a COVID infection. Individuals identified through the emergency shelter assessment and hospital discharge processes are provided with transportation to a designated isolation site. Upon arrival, MOHS staff are completing an intake process with each person and maintain ongoing contact with each individual to assess ongoing needs during the isolation process. The City of Baltimore will continue to evaluate community need and the availability of resources and modify isolation sites and supportive services.
    4. Expanded Capacity for Social Distancing in Shelters – MOHS recognizes that with our emergency shelters filled to near capacity, the risk of communicable diseases spreading through this population is exceedingly high and there is no way to allow for shelter residents to practice the recommended level of social distancing. In response to this problem, MOHS plans to activate a social distancing shelter that will operate temporarily, at least until the COVID-19 health emergency has been contained.
    5. Outreach to People Experiencing Unsheltered Homelessness – Homeless outreach teams have shifted to tactical operations to ensure individuals experiencing street homelessness are provided with critical supplies, including hygiene products, water, food, and guidance on COVID and available community resources.
    6. Additional Planning – MOHS has released interim guidance and local and national resources to all homeless service providers and community partners. Many service providers have modified hours and services to mitigate the risk of exposure to staff and individuals experiencing homelessness. Comprehensive updates will be provided on a weekly basis and are made available on the MOHS website. MOHS will continue to pursue additional opportunities to expand capacity within and beyond emergency shelters and provide updates as they are available. Mayor Young expresses his sincerest gratitude to our front line workers and our partners that continue to collaborate with us as we battle this public health emergency.
  34. BOARD OF ESTIMATES (BOE): Council President Brandon Scott, who chairs the BOE, made the following announcements:
    1. Starting March 25, Members of the Board of Estimates will attend the meeting virtually using the WebEx platform. The Board will not hold a pre-meeting tomorrow. Additionally, the Hyman Pressman Room will be closed to the public. Residents and members of the press are encouraged to stream the March 25, 2020 meeting of the Board of Estimates on CharmTV (Channel 25) and online at:
    2. People without access to TV or internet can join the meeting by phone using the information below: Number: 1-408-418-9388, Access Code: 711 183 482
  35. BALTIMORE MUNICIPAL AND ZONING APPEALS (BMZA): BMZA has suspended all operations. No new appeals will be accepted and all hearings in April are hereby suspended until further notice. New appeals and rescheduled hearings will be scheduled and heard on an expedited basis when operations resume.
    1. Office is closed to the public, business can still be conducted via phone and email: BLLC – Press Release – March 23 2020 – Office Closing to General Public
    2. Suspending suspend the effect of all legal and procedural deadlines, due dates, time of defaults, time expiration, and periods of time as State law affecting the following alcoholic beverage licensing matters: BLLC – Press Release – Extension of Time Periods – 3-23-2020
      1. Alc. Bev. Art. 12-1705 (a) – 180-day time limitation to complete a transfer application
      2. Alc. Bev. Art. 12-1705 (b) – 90-day additional time extension to complete a transfer application
      3. Alc. Bev. Art. 12-2202 (a) – 180-day time expiration of license for non-operation
      4. Alc. Bev. Art. 12-2203 – Request to reopen after closure for three consecutive months
      5. Alc. Bev. Art. 4-406 (a) – Protests of Renewal
    3. Bars and Restaurants Closure: BLLC – Press Release – Bar and Restaurant Closings – 3-16-2020 – Final
    4. Cancellation of March 26 Liquor Board: BLLC – Press Release – March 26 Hearing Cancellation
    5. Cancellation of all hearings in April 2020:
    6. Guidance for Liquor License Establishments: BLLC – General Guidance Document – Carryout and Delivery
    7. On March 22, 2020, the Board of Liquor License Commissioners for Baltimore City (BLLC) issued revised guidance to licensed establishments in Baltimore City concerning carry out and delivery procedures for alcoholic beverage service in light of Governor Lawrence J. Hogan’s Executive Order published on March 16, 2020. To see the revised guidance, please see here: BLLC – Revised General Guidance Document – Carryout and Delivery – 3-23-2020
      1. Spanish: BLLC – Revised General Guidance Document – Carryout and Delivery SPANISH 3-26-2020
      2. Korean: BLLC – Revised General Guidance Document – Carryout and Delivery KOREAN- 3-26-2020
  37. BALTIMORE CITY PLANNING COMMISSION: to comply with requirements to minimize gatherings of people, for the March 26 meeting, we are shifting this meeting to a remote video conference meeting.  We will continue to update you as needed.
    1. You may join by computer or smartphone at: (Note corrected link) Meeting number: 715 092 576
    2. You may join by telephone at: 1-408-418-9388   Access code: 715 092 576
    3. If you are unable to participate, you may submit written testimony to by 10 am on March 26th.
  38. ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL BOARD: hearings through end-March are cancelled.
  39. COMMUNITY ACTION PARTNERSHIP (CAP) CENTERS: Baltimore City’s Community Action Partnership (CAP) Centers will close to the public beginning Monday, March 16. CAP Center staff will continue to report to the centers to field customer phone calls and process applications for energy assistance and the city’s BH2O water discount program.
    1. Energy Assistance: Community members may apply for energy assistance online or call 410-396-6406.
      1. Complete an application online through the state’s energy assistance portal at
      2. Call the State Call Center at 1-800-332-6347 to request an application or go to to download and print an application and mail to to 1731 E. Chase Street, Baltimore, MD 21213
      3. Call the State Call Center at 1-800-332-6347 with questions
    2. BH2O: Community members may download the BH2O application: and mail in their applications.
      1. Download a BH2O application at
      2. Email applications to:
      3. Mail applications to: ATTN: BH20 Processing Unit P.O. Box 22586 Baltimore, MD 21203
  40. BARCS Animal Shelter: to ensure the safety of our staff, volunteers and visitors while meeting the needs of the animals that depend on us, temporary modifications have been made to various department operations until further notice. Our shelter is now open to the public by appointment only for adoption and emergency intake by emailing or calling 410-396-4695. Appointments are required for all visitors, including adoptions, surrenders, volunteers and fosters. Please continue reading for the specifics of each program.
    1. Guidance for Pet Owners and Pets: BARCS Animal Shelter has released the following guidance for pet owners and their pets:
    2. Adoptions: Adopters are asked to please fill out our adoption application prior to your appointment. The application can be found online: and emailed to If you are unable to complete the form online, please bring a printed copy with you. If neither of these options are available to you, please indicate this when scheduling your appointment.
    3. Surrenders / Help: those individuals and families in crisis who need resources to prevent surrender or who must relinquish their animal are asked to email or call 410-396-4695. For animals in immediate danger, please call 911. For non-emergency animal concerns, please contact Baltimore City Animal Services at 311.
    4. Community Cats / TNR: the BARCS Community Cat Program services have been suspended until further notice. Please email with questions and concerns, but note that due to limited volunteering, there will be a delay in response.
  41. ENOCH PRATT FREE LIBRARY: 22 locations will be closed to the public until March 30. The Pratt will continue to provide online resources to the public throughout this time. Telephone reference services will continue to be available Monday through Friday, from 9am – 5pm. All renewals are waived and card will remain active. If customers have library books , they do not need to return them until the Pratt returns to normal business hours.
  42. FAMILY LEAGUE OF BALTIMORE: the Family League has set up a page to house updates, general guidance documents, and answers to frequently asked questions regarding the virus’s effects on their programs and services:
  43. VISIT BALTIMORE: the following hotel closures are in effect:
    1. Hyatt Regency Baltimore: effective March 20.
  44. BALTIMORE CITY COUNCIL: the March 23rd City Council meeting has been cancelled and most Committee hearings have been cancelled as well. The current schedule may be viewed here:
  45. OFFICE OF THE LABOR COMMISSIONER: the following changes are being implemented immediately:
    1. There should be no unnecessary visits to the OLC.
    2. Grievance and termination hearings are postponed until further notice. The OLC and the Civil Service Commission are exploring videoconferencing platforms as alternative formats to conduct hearings. Once appropriate technology is in place, hearings will resume.
    3. To the extent possible, the OLC will conduct necessary meetings via conference calls. All other committee and group meetings will be rescheduled to a later date, to be determined.
    4. Should there be a need to provide the OLC with documents, they should be sent via email to the OLC mailbox, at, or fax (410-396-1526). Likewise, questions should continue to be sent to the OLC mailbox.
    5. The OLC’s social media platforms will be periodically updated when important labor-related information is communicated by the City’s Public Information Officers.
    6. Timely messages will be recorded on the dedicated hotline for City employees, which is 410-361-9200.
    1. Telework: effective Wednesday, March 18, all Baltimore City employees designated as “tele-work eligible” will be required to work from home or remote locations until further notice. Our HR professionals to work with managers to identify eligible employees and coordinate with the City’s technology office to ensure technology needs are met. More information for City employees is available in the Department of Human Resources (DHR) Emergency Response Plan: as well as the supplement to the to the plan which is available here: Emergency Response Plan Supplement
    2. Additional Guidance from DHR: Department of Human Resources – COVID-19 FAQ
  47. BALTIMORE CITY PAYMENTS: the City of Baltimore will only accept payments online and by mail.  The City will suspend late fees through at least May 1st.  Payment windows at the Abel Wolman Building (200 N Holliday St) will be closed until further notice.
  48. BALTIMORE CITY TAX SALE: on March 18, Mayor Jack Young announced that he’d instructed the Department of Finance to pause the annual tax sale process. The tax sale is used to collect delinquent real property taxes and other unpaid charges owed to the City, all of which are liens against the real property. It is a public, online auction of City lien interests on properties. The highest bidder in the auction pays the total amount of the property liens to the City and receives a tax sale certificate from the City which gives the bidder the right to obtain ownership of the property by filing a tax sale foreclosure lawsuit.
  49. BALTIMORE CITY ISSUED LICENSES AND PERMITS: All licenses that expire March 5, and after are extended until 30 days after the end of Maryland’s State of Emergency, in line with the Governor’s order for the state.
  50. MARYLAND STATE ISSUED LICENSES AND PERMITS: expiration of all State issued licenses and permits are suspended until 30 days after the MD State of Emergency has been lifted by the Governor.
  51. STATE AGENCIES – MOTOR VEHICLE ADMINISTRATION: we are closing our offices effective close of business on Friday, March 20, 2020 until further notice. Even though we cannot assist you with your transaction in person, there are still many ways to take care of your MDOT MVA business using our eStore, 24-hour kiosk, or VEIP self-service kiosk. If you are eligible, many transactions including driver’s licenses, identification cards, vehicle registration renewals, change of address, insurance compliance payments and information on flag fees are all available online. Please be aware that due to staffing limitations, some services may take longer to process than usual.
    1. Federal Income Taxes: IRS: new deadline for income taxes is July 15.
    2. State Income and Business Taxes Changes:
    3. Graphic from MD Comptroller Franchot on Changes to Deadlines: Tax Extensions Graphic 2020
  53. MARYLAND HEALTH BENEFIT EXCHANGE: a new special enrollment period is now open to all Marylanders in need of health insurance during the State of Emergency for Coronavirus (COVID-19). Uninsured Marylanders may enroll through, the state’s health insurance marketplace. More information is available here:
  54. EVICTIONS: evictions in Baltimore City are halted while schools are closed after coordination between Mayor Jack Young, Baltimore City Sheriff John W. Anderson and District Administrative Judge Barbara B. Waxman.
  55. JURY TRIALS: all civil and criminal jury trials in the Circuit Courts throughout 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; and in criminal matters with jury trials pending during the above time period, county administrative judges shall hold hearings as necessary to resolve Maryland Rule 4-271 issues in individual cases and to set a new trial date.
  56. GUIDANCE FOR COMMUNITY BASED ORGANIZATIONS: the Baltimore City Health Department released the following guidance for community based organizations: COVID 19 CBO letter 031520
  57. GUIDANCE FOR FAITH BASED INSTITUTIONS: the Baltimore City Health Department released the following guidance for religious institutions:
    1. Guidance from Baltimore City Health Department:
    2. Maryland Unites:
    3. United Way of Central Maryland (211): the United Way is offering four opportunities to volunteer, through: child care, food delivery, student tutoring, and home projects. More info here:
    4. Maryland Food Bank: The Maryland Food Bank is actively monitoring developments related to the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). We are second responders and are committed to serving communities and individuals facing hunger during this tumultuous time. But we can’t do it without you! We need help making sure that all Marylanders continue to have access to nutritious food. Volunteers age 13 to 60 are welcome. Volunteers under the age of 18 should be accompanied by a chaperone.
      1. Team Sizes Under 10 – All work will be performed in teams no more than 10.
      2. Social Distancing – Volunteers will be stationed at a minimum of six feet from one another.
      3. Hygiene – We are regularly cleaning all high contact surfaces (door handles, handrails, sinks, bathrooms, tables, etc); all volunteers are required to wash their hands when they arrive, as necessary throughout their shifts, and again before they leave; and we are providing and requiring gloves.
    5. Johns Hopkins Hospital: is looking for volunteers to help assemble Personal Protective Equipment PPE/Face Masks at a warehouse in SE Baltimore. More info on how to sign up is here:
    6. Baltimore Office of Performance and Information:
    7. Baltimore Community Foundation:
    8. Volunteering Untapped (VU): We have launched – a site where organizations can request volunteers and interested individuals can sign up to learn about opportunities in Baltimore City.
    1. American Red Cross: there is a severe blood shortage. If you are able to give blood, please consider scheduling an appointment here:
      1. One drive will take place in the main lobby of the University of Maryland, Baltimore, SMC Campus Center. Interested donors can come on March 25 and March 26 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., as well as March 27, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    2. Johns Hopkins Hospital Blood Drive: upcoming dates for JHH blood drive on April 17, 20, 21, 22 and 23, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at the Asthma & Allergy Center, 5501 Hopkins Bayview Circle, Baltimore, MD 21224. Email or call 410-550-0289 to schedule a life-saving donation.
    3. Johns Hopkins Hospital Spring Blood Drive: at Turner Concourse, 720 Rutland Ave, Baltimore, MD 21205
      1. APRIL 17TH 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
      2. APRIL 24TH 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
      3. APRIL 28TH 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
      4. MAY 6TH – 8:00 AM – 3:00PM
  60. BALTIMORE CITY – MULTILINGUAL GUIDANCE: The Mayor’s Office of Immigrant and Multicultural Affairs (MIMA) has released guidance in Spanish, French, Chinese, Korean, and Arabic, and links to downloadable, shareable pdfs. A Russian translation will be available shortly. You can find these multilingual resources on MIMA’s website:
  61. PRIMARY ELECTIONS: Governor Hogan has declared the following:
    1. The Primary Elections have been moved to June 02, 2020.
    2. The 7th District Congressional General Election to fill the late-Congressman Elijah E. Cummings’ former seat will occur by mail.
    3. The special general election is vote by mail only and your ballot will be sent to the address on file.
    4. Check that your address is correct here:
    5. If it isn’t, update it here:
  62. MARYLAND GENERAL ASSEMBLY SESSION: Sine Die, or the end of the annual Maryland General Assembly Session, was on March 18, 2020, which is moved up from April 6, 2020. This is the first time since the Civil War that there is a change to the General Assembly schedule. More information on this past session is available here:
  63. MISINFORMATION: Johns Hoplins have seen rumors and misinformation circulating on social around the coronavirus and have received questions from many of you about these posts. Rumors and misinformation like this can easily circulate in communities during a crisis. The rumors that we have seen in greater volumes are those citing a Johns Hopkins immunologists and infectious disease expert. We do not know the origin of these rumors and they lack credibility.
  64. 11th DISTRICT COMMUNITY BENEFITS DISTRICTS: any modifications to normal operations will be posted on the websites of each of the respective community benefits districts.
    1. Downtown Partnership:
      1. In response to COVID-19, we are preparing as many of our staff members as possible to work remotely, and will begin altering deployments for our Operations Teams – which include Downtown Baltimore Guides, Clean Streets Ambassadors, Park Stewards, and our Homeless Outreach Team – to increase social distancing and follow federal guidelines when it comes to refuse handling and Coronavirus prevention. These changes are being made in consultation with our partners in the public and private sectors, including the Baltimore Police Department. Because of these changes, our deployment schedule and coverage will not be the same as normal, and we ask for your patience during these unusual circumstances.
      2. We are also postponing our large public events scheduled through the end of March. This includes the annual State of Downtown Breakfast that had been scheduled for March 26. A new date for the breakfast will be announced in the coming weeks.
      3. Downtown Baltimore residents, offices, restaurants, hotels, and cultural institutions are adjusting to Coronavirus-related disruptions. We will continue to advocate for them, share information when helpful, and assist with economic recovery when the time comes.
      4. In the meantime, we can still be social. Stay in touch with us and we’ll get through this together:Facebook: DowntownBaltimore
        Twitter: @DowntownBalt 
        Instagram: @DowntownBaltimore
      5. DPOB has put together a list of resources for businesses and residents here:
    2. Midtown Community Benefits District:
      1. Based on the evolving situation and Governor Hogan’s mandates, Midtown Community Benefits District has altered its Level 1 service.  The service will now be provide every other day as of 3/19/2020, and be conducted by teams of two staff members and one manager.  Service will continue to focus on the 150+ trash cans in the district, and known or reported areas of concern.
      2. In order to limit staff members’ exposure, we will be reducing the daily team size, and therefore, service will be addressed differently.  Our team will be focused on emptying the 150+ public trash cans in the district, and will service the streets, gutters, sidewalks, and parks in the neighborhoods on a rotational basis.  We will closely monitor the district, and address any high traffic areas or emergency situations as best we can.  Bulk trash removal will not be available until further notice, and the community is encouraged to call 311 for that service.
      3. We ask that community members utilize to alert us to any areas of high concern, and we will address them as we are able.  (Please note our Facebook page is not monitored for service requests.)  You may also call 410-528-1512, but please know we may not have continuous access to calls.
      4. We remain in constant communication with our city agency partners, and will continue to provide you with updates as they are available.
      5. We will make the most frequent updates to our Facebook page (@MidtownBaltimore) and send e-newsletters when major changes to service are made.  You should feel free to reach out to us at if you have questions.
      6. Please know that it is our intention to be back up to full staff and full service as soon as it is safe for us to do so.  We are proud of the work we do in our communities, and nothing means more to us than making sure the district receives the attention it deserves.  Please be well, check on your neighbors, and be safe.
      7. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Midtown’s Spring Town Hall meeting will take place virtually on our Facebook page on Monday, March 23rd beginning at 6:30pm. There will be a brief presentation of the FY21 budget and initiatives. The budget is posted on our website at: so listeners can follow along during the meeting. If you have questions that you’d like addressed during the Live Stream, we ask you submit them to or leave a voicemail at (410) 528-1512 x210 no later than 2pm on Monday, March 23rd so they may be added to the agenda. Please note: you do not need to have a Facebook account to view the Live Stream. Simply click here: on March 23rd to view it in your web browser or on your mobile device. If you cannot watch the live broadcast, the Town Hall will be recorded and remain available for future viewing on our Facebook Page under the video tab here:
    3. South Baltimore Gateway Partnership:
      1. Response to COVID-19:
      2. Below find a list of resources and information for those affected by the response to COVID-19:
    4. Waterfront Partnership:
      1. Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore’s New Operations Schedule
      2. Safety Services
        1. 6:30am – 9:00pm
      3. Cleaning Services
        1. 5:30am – 6:00pm
      1. Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA):
      2. Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins:
      3. University of Baltimore (UB):
      4. University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB):
    1. Mercy Hospital:
      1. New Acute Care Unit: In response to Maryland Governor Larry Hogan’s call on Monday, March 16 to increase hospital bed capacity statewide to address COVID-19, Mercy Medical Center was the first hospital in Maryland who sought and received an Emergency Certificate of Need approval from the Maryland Health Care Commission to construct a new 32-bed acute care unit on the 17th floor of The Mary Catherine Bunting Center. Project construction will begin immediately and is expected to be completed in 75 days. Mercy is committed to doing everything we can to serve our community and create additional capacity to provide critical health services during this crisis. This project is a major investment ($12.5 million) during a time of great uncertainty but it’s the right thing to do and will be essential in addressing the potential surge in patients in need of hospitalization in the future as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Whiting-Turner Contracting Company will provide short-term financing to allow the project to move forward immediately. We have created the Rapid Response Fund:;jsessionid=00000000.app201b?df_id=1501&mfc_pref=T&1501.donation=form1&NONCE_TOKEN=86BB98BF7267007F994B623306515B52 to help support this project and the COVID-19 health crisis. If you are able, please consider supporting us through this difficult time.
      2. Message from CMO: The message below is from Wilma Rowe, M.D., our Chief Medical Officer, who is overseeing all COVID-19 operations for Mercy Health Services. Here, she offers perspective on how Mercy is managing and navigating this global health crisis, while optimizing patient safety and care.
    2. University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) Downtown & Midtown Campuses:
      1. UMMS will be hosting a COVID-19 community webinar taking place on Friday, April 3rd at 2pm. More info here: UMMS COVID-19 Community Conversation
    3. Baltimore Veteran’s Administration (VA) Medical Center:
    4. Johns Hopkins Hospital:
    5. Total Health Care Division Health Center:
    6. MedStar Health at Federal Hill:
    7. Chase Brexton Health Care:

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The 2020 Campaign Classroom – Part 3

The 2020 Campaign Classroom is back! Our Fellowship Program to engage young people interested in campaigns and local government remains in full swing. Today we turned the office back into a classroom and had industry experts share their professional experiences and answer questions.

Today we were fortunate to have Bill Cole (recovering elected official, former President/CEO of Baltimore Development Corporation, and current partner at Margrave Strategies) lead Fundamentals of Economic Development. He was followed by two of the best in their line of work, Lester Davis (Chief of Communications for Mayor Jack Young) and Sean Naron (Press Secretary for County Executive Johnny Olszewski, Jr.) who headed up Communications 101.

Looking forward to our upcoming classes on Field, Campaign Mgmt, and Community Organizing. Our goal is to provide exposure and opportunities for our Fellows. If you or someone you know is interested in getting involved in our Fellowship Program, please send info to

Fundamentals of Economic Development

Communications 101

The 2020 Campaign Classroom – Part 2

As we move forward with the 2020 campaign, our Fellowship Program to engage young people interested in campaigns and local government is in full swing. Every chance we get, we turn our campaign office into a classroom to give them opportunities to learn from some of the best in the industry.

Today we were fortunate to have the amazing Dr. Mileah Kromer from the Goucher Poll teach Basics of Polling. She was followed by Jeff Amoros, Nick Blendy, and Matt Stegman, three of the best in the business, who shared the Fundamentals of Government Relations.

Looking forward to our upcoming classes on Communications, Field, Business Development, and Community Organizing. Our goal is to provide exposure and opportunities for our Fellows. If you or someone you know is interested in getting involved in our Fellowship Program, please send info to

Basics of Polling

Fundamentals of Government Relations

The 2020 Campaign Classroom

When we launched our 2020 campaign, we began a fellowship program to engage young people interested in local government. We’ve built an incredible team of passionate people from local universities.

Every chance we get, we turn our campaign office into a classroom to give them opportunities to learn from some of the best in the industry. Today, we were fortunate enough to have Justin Lane provide Fundamentals of Constituent Services, followed by the amazing Sophia Silbergeld and Rachael Rice doing the Basics of Fundraising. Looking forward to our upcoming classes on Government Relations, Communications, Economic Development, Field, and Business Development.

Electronic Scooters And Bicycles Pilot Program – Update


Baltimore City and the Department of Transportation (DOT) engaged in a 6 ½ month pilot period with both Bird and Lime for the use of dockless vehicles (electric scooters and bicycles), on August 15, 2018, which expires on February 28, 2019. DOT has stated that the purpose of this pilot project is to allow the City to evaluate the potential benefits to the City and feasibility of deploying dockless vehicles in the City and to better understand what rules / regulations / laws are necessary regarding their use.

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Baltimore City Councils Unanimously Urges State Lawmakers to Adopt Criteria for State Center Development


March 1, 2018, Baltimore, MD— After a year of dimming prospects for State Center redevelopment, a step forward took place this week.

The Baltimore City Council unanimously adopted City Council Resolution 18-0069R supporting the redevelopment of the State Center complex by urging state lawmakers to adopt the criteria that the surrounding communities have advocated for over 12 years.

Introduced by Councilman Eric T. Costello and co-sponsored by Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young and all Councilmembers, the resolution requests the General Assembly to pass, and the Governor to sign, HB 1286.  This bill protects the participation and planning process of the communities in the State Center Neighborhood Alliance in any development effort going forward on the 28 acre site.

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Costello and Reisinger Secure DOT Commitment to Make Immediate Repairs to VVM Bridge on S Hanover St

Councilman Eric Costello and Councilman Ed Reisinger (10th District) met with the Director of DOT on Feb 26th to discuss the details of DOT’s commitment to repair the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Bridge on S Hanover St and make the road surface safe again. There is a three phase plan which includes the following:

1- IMMEDIATE REPAIRS – the bridge will receive a 2″ layer of rigid asphalt which will be smooth and safe, and should last 2-3 years. This will be laid by no later than end-May 2018, weather permitting (the hope is that it will occur sooner). The entire bridge will be resurfaced, curb-to-curb, with the exception of the draw span. This repair should cost approximately $500,000 and take 7-10 days to complete.

2- MID-TERM REPAIRS – the bridge will undergo an entire “re-decking” with new concrete surface. Work on that will begin in Spring of 2019. This will include removing the new asphalt which is to be installed this spring, structural work beneath the existing concrete deck, and installation of a new concrete deck. These repairs should cost approximately $7-8 million. While it would have been ideal for this work to start immediately, due to the very unique structure of the bridge underneath the deck, significant design work is necessary before actual work may begin, and the design is slated to begin in next two months. We have begun discussions with DOT to ensure this design includes dedicated pedestrian and cycle lanes, although this has not yet been determined.

3- LONG-TERM REPAIRS – the bridge is currently undergoing a US DOT TIGER funded study which is expected to be completed by summer of 2018. Once that study is completed, an environmental impact study will be completed. Several options will be presented as a result of these studies and DOT will then make a determination on how to proceed — there is currently no answer on specific repairs to be made, costs, or time-frames.. Long-term repairs could cost approximately $60-100 million and take 6-9 years.

Media Coverage

Update from CM Costello + CM Pinkett on Mt Royal Ave / North Ave Encampment

Update on Homeless Encampment at Mt Royal Ave / North Ave / I-83 Exit 6

Please note that this is a joint response from both Councilman Leon Pinkett (7th District, north of North Ave) and Councilman Eric Costello (11th District, south of North Ave (the subject of this response impacts residents of both districts in a significant manner).

Many of you have voiced recent concerns re: the safety, health, and sanitary issues associated with the growing homeless encampment at the intersection of Mt Royal Ave / North Ave / I-83 Exit 6. These concerns have been amplified in recent weeks as the encampment has continued to grow. At this point, we believe that due to the severity of issues associated with this site, the only reasonable course of action is for the City to lead extensive outreach services and develop a plan to help get the encampment residents off of the street.

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South Baltimore Parking Study

The South Baltimore Parking Study, commissioned with Casino Impact Aid, covering the neighborhoods of Federal Hill, Federal Hill South, Otterbein, Riverside, Sharp Leadenhall, and South Baltimore is now available online here: South Baltimore Parking Study – Nov 13, 2017