Council President's COVID-19 Resources
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NOTE: The Council President has also been updating the public with key information regarding COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, on his Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages. He has been holding daily live updates with the public on social media to answer questions and share helpful tips.
As your Council President, the health and safety of Baltimore residents are at the forefront of my mind as I make decisions and lead during this time of uncertainty. Please look out for your neighbors, continue to support one another, and ultimately keep your spirits high. Baltimore is resilient. We have experienced public health officials, medical professionals, and faith and community leaders working to keep Baltimore safe, healthy, and moving forward.
As information is coming out fast and every-changing, I've compiled essential Baltimore COVID-19 resources into a user-friendly asset map. Visit bit.ly/bmorecovidmap for an updated list of youth & senior food sites, health care clinics, and shopping options for seniors and people with compromised immune systems. Please share with your friends, family, and neighbors.
As always, I'm here for you and will continue to share updates as I receive them. It can be difficult to keep up with the sheer volume of information and updates, but it’s important you are aware of the resources available to you, your family, and your community.
You can trust that I will continue to post the most updated information on my social media pages (follow me on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram). If you have questions or need assistance, don’t hesitate to reach me and my office at email@example.com or 410-396-4804.
Baltimore City Council President
Baltimore City Face Covering Executive Order: On April 15th, The Mayor signed an executive order requiring residents to wear face coverings (mask, scarf, t-shirt, bandana, etc) while out in public. The CDC recommends people to wear any cloth face covering, ideally multiple pieces of fabric, in addition to adhering to social distancing guidelines. You can read more about the Mayor's statement here and read my office's personal protective guidelines here: English | Spanish
Baltimore City COVID-19 Demographic Information: On April 9th, The Baltimore City Health Department published the demographic information of COVID-19 cases by zip code, race, age, gender and more. For more information, click here.
National Guard Presence in Baltimore City: The National Guard is in Baltimore to help with the distribution of food and logistics for hospitals, at the request of the Mayor. For more information, click here.
To see a full list of supermarkets offering special hours and options for seniors and people with compromised immune systems, click here.
For an FAQ on the Baltimore City Department of Social Services, click here.
For a list of Governor Hogan's COVID-19 mandates, click here.
Please see the resource guide below for your convenience. Use these links to quickly navigate:
Help and Support
Essential Resources & Information
- Baltimore City Public Schools: Closures, Meal Sites
- Childcare Facilities: Closures
- Recreation and Parks: Permits, Rec Centers, Senior Programs, Meal Program
- City-Operated Senior Centers: Closures, Boxed Lunches
- Baltimore Police Department: Message from the Commissioner
- Telephone Town Hall: Key Takeaways from Telephone Town Hall with Dr. Joshua Sharfstein
Utilities and Services
- DPW Water Shutoffs
- BGE Services
- Comcast/Xfinity: Disconnections, Late Fees, Complimentary Service
- Maryland Health Benefit Exchange
- Public Transportation, BWI and Cruise Ship Terminal
- Parking: Mechanical Streetsweeping, 48-Hour Parking
- PABC Residential Parking: Renewals, One-Day Permits
- Vicinity Energy (formerly Veolia)
City and State Agencies
- Baltimore City Health Department: Permit Applications, Animal-Related Complaints
- Community Action Partnership (CAP) Centers: Energy Assistance, BH20
- Department of Housing and Community Development: One-Stop Shop, In-Person Services
- Department of Social Services: Offices, Emergency Food Assistance, Child Abuse/Neglect
- Department of Transportation: Safety and Towing, Permit Applications
- Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice: Safe Streets
- Mayor's Office of Employment Development
- Mayor's Office of Homeless Services: Tactical Response Teams, Family Shelters, Emergency Shelters
- Federal COVID-19 Stimulus Package
- Health Guidance for Residents: City, State, Federal
- Restaurants, Bars, Movie Theaters and Gyms: Governor's Executive Order
- Business Resources: Small Business Administration, Layoffs, MD Healthy Working Families Act
- City Employees
- City Payments
- Enoch Pratt Free Library
- Family League of Baltimore
- Guidance for Community-Based Organizations
- Guidance for Faith-Based Organizations
- Guidance for Pets
- Jury Trials
- Licenses and Permits: City-Issued
- Licenses and Permits: State-Issued
- Maryland General Assembly Session
- Multilingual Guidance
- Primary Election
- Special Events
- Price Gouging
- Virtual Rec Center
- Impact of COVID-19 on Maryland Tax Filing
HELP AND SUPPORT
9-1-1 should only be used for emergency calls.
ESSENTIAL RESOURCES AND INFORMATION
Closure: All Maryland public schools will remain closed through Friday, May 15. Even though school buildings are closed, Baltimore City Public School System is developing a plan for remote learning.
For now, students should continue to complete their learning packets and will be available at the 18 City Schools school meal sites, beginning on Monday, March 30. Learning packets are not available at the City Recreation Centers this week. Learning packets are also available here.
Survey: Baltimore City Public Schools has created an online survey to better assess the needs of its students and families during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please fill in the below information for your household and each student that lives with you. If you haven't done so already, please complete a short survey at bit.ly/33PgCB6 to help us determine your food and technology needs.
Distance Learning: Baltimore City Public Schools Distance Learning resources are now available here. In addition to this resource CharmTV (Comcast Channel 25 and 1025) will now have an education channel playing throughout the week to support learning at home. View the full broadcast schedule for the education programs on CharmTV in English and Spanish.
Meal Distribution Sites: Baltimore City and its partners are providing free grab-n-go meals for youth and families at nearly 100 sites across the city. Note: Only some sites serve weekend meals. For more information, click here.
All child care programs are now closed. During the State of Emergency, child care programs have been established by the State to serve designated essential personnel at no cost.
BCRP continues to collaborate with, and seek the guidance of, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Maryland Department of Health (MDH) and the Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) regarding COVID-19. It is in the best interest of our residents and staff to suspend all recreation programs, rentals, permitted events and recreation facilities services.
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 the Rec & Parks website or email Park.Permits@baltimorecity.gov. Read more here.
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) have ceased operating programming as of Monday, March 16.
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.
Rec Centers Meal Program: In response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Baltimore City is providing grab-n-go meals to all Baltimore children and youth (18 and under) Monday-Friday, March 23-27. Grab-n-go breakfasts and lunches are available from 12PM-6PM, at 42 of the City's 44 recreation centers. All meal sites can be found above, or in this PDF.
Residents can also use this interactive map of meal sites across the City. To find a meal distribution site near you click here.
Select supermarkets have established reserved shopping hours for seniors and those who have compromised immune systems. Find the details below.
Giant Supermarket: Giant Food of Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia and Delaware will offer dedicated shopping hours for senior citizens 60-and-older and individuals with compromised immune systems. Every store in operating areas will reserve 6am to 7am, every day of the week for this vulnerable population to shop and practice social distancing. The stores will operate on regular hours of operation during all other times.
ShopRite Grocery: Klein Family ShopRite stores have waived the ShopRite From Home fee and delivery fees for seniors 65 and older, and healthcare workers. If you fall into one of these categories, please make a note in the provided notes section when you place your order.
SafeWay Grocery: SafeWay will have special hours for Seniors to shop on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7am to 9am.
WholeFoods Grocery: WholeFoods will allow shoppers over 60 to come to the store at 7am, one hour before opening to the general public.
Walmart will have special hours for Seniors to shop on Tuesdays from 6AM-7AM.
Redner’s Market will be open daily to Seniors from 6AM-7:30AM.
BJ’s Wholesale Club will be open daily to Seniors from 8AM-9AM.
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.
Beginning March 16, the Health Department will provide boxed lunches at senior centers. If there are factors that prevent participants from picking up a meal, meals can be delivered as an option by calling the Maryland Access Point at 410-396-CARE (2273), for eligibility into the home-delivered meal program. More information available here.
BALTIMORE POLICE DEPARTMENT
No changes. Police Commissioner Michael Harrison released a video message.
I hosted a telephone town hall on the latest updates and actions taken on the global COVID-19 pandemic with Dr. Joshua Sharstein of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. We had over 3,800 participants join us and were able to answer many of your questions. Here’s what we learned:
- More than anything else, it is important to stay home as much as possible and maintain physical distance from other people if you must go out.
- One person has the ability to spread COVID-19 to 2-3 people. The coronavirus has a rate of death that is 10 times higher than the flu.
- If you must work, change your clothes, take a shower, and wash your clothes regularly when you come home. If you’re sick, you should not go to work.
- PHYSICAL distancing is a better term than SOCIAL distancing. You should still be in touch with people in your life. We all need human connection. Make plenty of phone calls, send texts, and chat virtually with your friends and loved ones.
- There are no medicines that are confirmed to work, unfortunately. Studies are currently underway and we’ll know more in the coming months.
- Personal protective equipment is one of the most important ways to ensure healthcare workers stay safe on the job.
Re-listen to the conversation here.
PUBLIC UTILITIES & ENERGY SERVICES
DPW WATER SHUTOFFS
Since 2017, the Baltimore City Department of Public Works has had an unofficial moratorium in place and will not turn off water service for failure to pay. Mayor Jack Young and Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski, Jr. announced a regional decision to officially enact a moratorium on water shutoffs.
In response to the evolving conditions related to the threat of COVID-19 and to ensure the safety of the public and of our employees, Baltimore City Department of Public Works (DPW) Acting Director Matthew W. Garbark announced that the following will take effect Monday, March 23, 2020:
- 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 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.
- The Quarantine Road Landfill will no longer accept cash or credit card transactions.
- 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.
- Only emergency water maintenance issues will be addressed.
- Construction, engineering, and maintenance projects not deemed essential will be suspended.
- 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.
- Prequalification for contractors/consultants will be automatically extended for three months.
- Minimal staffing will be managing utility maintenance and meter operations. Only emergency or essential functions will be handled.
- All staff capable of teleworking must telework.
These conditions shall remain in effect until further notice. Click here to view the March 20, 2020, letter from DPW Acting Director Garbark.
The Department of Public Works announced on April 22nd that water billing will resume on Friday, May 8th. A discount was also announced to be available on May 8th. DPW encourages residents to pay online here and by mail: Director of Finance, 200 Holiday Street, Baltimore, MD 21202.
- Make a payment at bge.com/payment
- Report an electric outage at www.bge.com/outages
- View bill by signing into My Account at www.bge.com/myaccount
- Start, stop or move service at www.bge.com/moving
- Register for outage, payment, billing alerts and more at www.bge.com/alerts
- Make payment arrangements at bge.com/paymentarrangements
- Contact us at https://bge.custhelp.com/app/ContactUs
BGE Service Disconnections: BGE is suspending service disconnections and waiving new late payment charges at least until May 1 and will be working with customers on a case-by-case basis to establish payment arrangements and identify energy assistance options.
No Disconnections or Late Fees: Comcast will not disconnect a customer’s internet service or assess late fees if they contact Comcast and let them know that they can’t pay their bills during this period. Comcast’s care teams will be available to offer flexible payment options and can help find other solutions.
Comcast Internet Service: Comcast is offering two substantial program enhancements to their Internet Essentials program to help families deal with this crisis. Comcast will make it even easier for low-income families who live in a Comcast service area to sign up by offering the following:
- New customers 60 days of complimentary Internet Essentials service, which is normally available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month.
- Increasing Internet speeds for the Internet Essentials service from 15/2 Mbps to 25/3 Mbps for all new and existing customers, which will be the speed of the service going forward. In this way, Comcast ensures that Internet Essentials customers will be able to use their Internet service for all their increased needs as a result of this health crisis.
- 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 www.xfinity.com/wifi.
Comcast want to make it as fast and simple as possible to access this service. To receive the increased Internet speeds, existing customers will not need to do anything. The new speeds will be rolled out nationally over the next few days.
- Comcast will send all new customers a free self-install kit that includes a cable modem with a Wi-Fi router. There will be no term contract or credit check and no shipping fee. To sign up, applicants can simply visit www.internetessentials.com. The accessible website also includes the option to video chat with customer service agents in American Sign Language. There are also two dedicated phone numbers 1-855-846-8376 for English and 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish.
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.
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 Maryland Health Connection, the State’s health insurance marketplace, until April 15.
More information is available here.
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION, BWI & CRUISE SHIP TERMINAL
Governor Hogan mandated that public transportation be reserved for emergency and essential personnel. As a result, schedules have been restricted and modiefied. Find details for each transportation service below.
- MTA MARC Train: https://www.mta.maryland.gov/schedule?type=marc-train
- MTA Metro Subway: https://www.mta.maryland.gov/schedule/metrosubway
- MTA Bus: https://www.mta.maryland.gov/schedule?type=local-bus
- MTA Light Rail: https://www.mta.maryland.gov/schedule/lightrail
- Charm City Circulator: https://www.charmcitycirculator.com/
- Charm City Harbor Connector: https://www.charmcitycirculator.com/content/harbor-connector
- Water Taxi: https://baltimorewatertaxi.com/
- BWI Airport: Access to BWI Airport has been restricted to ticketed passengers and necessary staff only. For further information, please go to https://www.bwiairport.com/
- Baltimore Cruise Ship Terminal: The cruise ship terminal in Baltimore City is closed, with the exception of two ships expected to arrive in the coming days. For further information, please go to https://cruise.maryland.gov/Pages/default.aspx.
- MTA Mobility: Mobility will continue to book and provide trips for essential travel such as for work, medical needs, banks, grocery stores, and pharmacies. All in-person eligibility certification assessments and determinations are temporarily suspended and will be replaced with desk reviews and telephone interviews. For more information, click here.
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
48 Hour Rule Parking Restrictions Lifted: DOT has agreed to not enforce the 48 hour rule until further notice. https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MDBALT/bulletins/2816fd5
Metered Parking Restrictions Lifeted: Parking meters and parking meter restrictions will not be in effect until further notice.
One-day parking permits (yellow) are not included in this grace period. Community pickups and extended hours for March, 2020 are canceled.
Residents who have not renewed their permits are encouraged to purchase permits online at https://pabc.thepermitstore.com/. PABC will send an update with more information on obtaining permits by March 20, 2020. For further information, please visit here: https://parking.baltimorecity.gov/residential-parking/
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.
CITY AND STATE AGENCIES
Permit Applications: 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.
Animal-Related Complaints: 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: https://www.petdata.com/
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.
Energy Assistance: Community members may apply for energy assistance online or call 410-396-6406.
BH2O: Community members may download the BH2O application and mail in their applications.
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. Permit applicationswill 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 dhcd.baltimorecity.gov 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.
List of additional services suspended until further notice: Housing rehab, weatherization, and lead hazard reduction casework, inspections for non-critical 311 service request, re-Inspection of non-critical code violation notices, vacant building boarding, lot maintenance, rodent control, abandoned vehicle towing, and tree removal.
- For further assistance, contact the Customer Call Center at 443-423-6400.
- To request emergency food assistance for you or your family, please call 410-685-0525.
- To report child abuse or neglect, please call 410-361-2235.
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.
- 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: https://transportation.baltimorecity.gov/special-events-permitting-street-vending-licenses — Applications and questions should be submitted to Specialevents@Baltimorecity.gov. 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.
- 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: https://transportation.baltimorecity.gov/right-way-permits — Applications and questions should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-396-4508 for additional information.
- Minor Privilege Permit Information and Applications can be found by visiting here: https://transportation.baltimorecity.gov/right-way-services/minor-privilege — Questions can be emailed to email@example.com or by calling 410-396-3346.
- Property: 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: https://transportation.baltimorecity.gov/property-location-maps-records — Questions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 410-396-3800.
Sites and 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.
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.
MAYOR’S OFFICE OF EMPLOYMENT DEVELOPMENT (MOED)
The Mayor’s Office of Employment Development will suspend programs and in-person services at its adult and youth service locations beginning Monday, March 16. Residents and employers will be able to access services via telephone, email and other digital communications. This includes career counseling, work supports and help finding employment through virtual assistance. “My top priority is to protect the health and well-being of both Baltimore City residents and its employees,” said Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young. “As a government, during this health emergency, we must adapt and offer innovative solutions to daily tasks with a goal of reducing the risk of exposure for everyone in our city while not reducing services or resources.”
The Mayor's Office of Employment Development released a website that lists jobs that are hiring in the midst of COVID-19. This website will be updated as more jobs become available. To find more information click here to see the list of job openings.
Customers may contact the centers directly during normal office hours. Please visit moed.baltimorecity.gov/moed-service-locations to identify the nearest location’s contact information. “We want to take every precaution to make sure our residents and staff stay healthy,” MOED Director Jason Perkins-Cohen said. “While our physical career centers will be closed to the public, we will provide employment and career-building support in ways that don’t require in-person interactions.”
For the most current updates, please follow MOED on Twitter @BaltMOED and Facebook at Baltimore City Mayor’s Office of Employment Development. Read more here.
The City of Baltimore has activated sheltering in place for our homeless neighbors. City-funded homeless day centers will remain open. The Mayor’s Office of Homeless Services, the Baltimore City Health Department and the Department of General Services are working to identify a site for community quarantining should our city require it.
Tactical Response Teams: Street Outreach teams immediately pivoting from doing person-to-person engagement to becoming a tactical response team for MOHS. They will continue to provide assistance to encampments through the delivery of preventative care supplies (anti-bacterial soap, paper towels, hand sanitizer when available, etc.) water and food. In the past 48 hours, our teams have communicated to residents staying in encampments of our plans to continue to provide supplies during this event, so that they are aware of where the supply drop-off points will be. We want to be sure that residents understand that we will temporarily discontinue the practice of entering into the encampments until the health emergency improves.
Family Shelter In Place: MOHS activated sheltering in place for family shelter clients on Thursday, 3/12/2020 once Governor Hogan announced the closing of Maryland schools to begin effective Monday, 3/16/2020. A natural reaction for parents hearing that schools would be closed for safety precaution is to keep children home effective immediately. Understanding that children would not be going to school, we ensured that parents could remain with them in the shelters. Family shelters will continue to shelter in place until the health emergency improves.
Emergency Shelter In Place: MOHS activated shelter in place for all emergency shelters for single adults effective, 3/14/2020 in anticipation of the city’s first confirmed case of COVID-19 being imminent. While shelter clients are able to come and go as they wish, we needed them to have the option not to expose themselves to potential harm by being out in the community for the majority of their days. Emergency shelters for single adults will continue to shelter in place until the health emergency improves.
Safety and Towing Division: The Baltimore City Department of Transportation’s Safety and Towing Division will suspend all vehicle retrievals from its Pulaski Highway and Fallsway Impound Facilities as of Monday, March 16, 2020. This suspension of vehicle retrievals will remain in effect until further notice in order to protect the health and safety of Baltimore residents, visitors, and employees. During this time, the main offices of the City’s impound facilities located at 6700 Pulaski Highway and 410 Fallsway will be closed to the public, and vehicle storage fees will be frozen so that additional storage fees will not accrue. Citizens who have questions or need additional information may call the Pulaski Highway Impound Facility at 410-545-3417. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. For more information, please visit, https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MDBALT/bulletins/281515a
President Donald Trump signed a historic $2 trillion economic rescue plan. This historic stimulus package will offer assistance to tens of millions of American households affected by the coronavirus. It includes stimulus payments to individuals, expanded unemployment coverage, student loan changes, different retirement account rules, and more.
On Wednesday, I sent a letter to the members of Congress who represent Baltimore, including Maryland’s U.S. Senators, encouraging them to pass a fiscal stimulus that is adequate to meet the grave public health and economic needs created by the global COVID-19 pandemic. I will continue to provide updates as the effects of this legislation begins to manifest within our communities.
RESTAURANTS, BARS, MOVIE THEATERS, AND GYMS
Governor Hogan declared all of the above to be closed after Monday, March 16 at 5PM, indefinitely. That said, restaurants and bars may still serve carry-out / to-go, and engage in home delivery food service.
Please see the entire Executive Order here: Executive Order Amending Large Gatherings
State of Maryland: Extensive guidance and an FAQ: https://businessexpress.maryland.gov/coronavirus
U.S. Department of Labor: Guidelines on preparing workplaces for COVID-19: https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3990.pdf
U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA): Information for employers and employees: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/covid-19/
U.S. Department of Labor: Information on Fair Labor Standards Act and job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic
Small Business Administration: Information on disaster assistance loans: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USSBA/bulletins/280d49d
The Baltimore Development Corporation is coordinating with city and state agencies & the federal government to identify resources available for businesses. Let them know how you are being affected by taking their business impact survey: bit.ly/2wc7hXG
BDC launched baltimoretogether.com to serve as a repository of information and a resource for residents and businesses. The website will be continuously updated, so if you would like to suggest a resource, please email info@BaltimoreDevelopment.com.
Small businesses can now apply for SBA emergency loans with 30-year terms, for up to $2 million (depending on your circumstance/collateral). If you prepaid sales and use taxes for March you can also qualify for a refund. For more information, email email@example.com or call 410-260-4020.
Maryland Healthy Working Families Act: The Maryland Department of Labor’s Division of Labor and Industry enforces the Maryland Healthy 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-767-3252.
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 email@example.com or calling (410) 767-3252, or visiting: http://www.labor.maryland.gov/employment/unemployment.shtml
Maryland Insurance Administration: The MIA has also put together an FAQ addressing insurance-related questions about coronavirus: https://insurance.maryland.gov/Pages/newscenter/NewsDetails.aspx?NR=2020251
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.
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.
ENOCH PRATT FREE LIBRARY
Twenty-two (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.
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: https://www.familyleague.org/covid-19-response/
GUIDANCE FOR COMMUNITY-BASED ORGANIZATIONS
The Baltimore City Health Department released the following guidance for community based organizations: COVID 19 CBO letter 031520
GUIDANCE FOR FAITH-BASED INSTITUTIONS
The Baltimore City Health Department released the following guidance for religious institutions: https://www.costelloforbaltimore.com/covid-bchd-faith-based-guidance/
GUIDANCE FOR PETS
BARCS Animal Shelter has released the following guidance for pet owners and their pets: https://barcs.org/blog/covid-19-preparedness-checklist-pet-owners/#
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.
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.
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: mima.baltimorecity.gov/coronavirus
MARYLAND GENERAL ASSEMBLY SESSION
Sine Die, or the end of the annual Maryland General Assembly Session, will be on Wednesday, 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.
The Special Primary Election for the 7th Congressional District will take place on April 28, 2020 by mail.
The Primary Election for citywide offices and the Presidency, originally scheduled for April 28, will now take place on June 2, 2020. The two options for voting are: casting a ballot or return a vote-by-mail ballot to a voting center.
More details can be found at boe.baltimorecity.gov/
For more information, please visit https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MDBALT/bulletins/2816f3f .
I am discouraged by reports I’ve received from residents across the city of price gouging, including in neighborhoods with limited food access. Many of our neighbors are struggling to obtain essential resources and make ends meet during this public health crisis. We must ensure that Baltimore residents are protected from unfair price gouging, and ensure our small businesses can access the resources available to them during this emergency.
I ask anyone who believes a store is price gouging in response to the COVID-19 emergency, please:
- Photograph the product and price
- Provide details (store name, location)
- Contact the Attorney General's Office at 410-528-8662, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Recentley, I spoke with Attorney General Frosh. He has assured me that his office is taking claims of price gouging for essential food and supplies extremely seriously.
The Baltimore City Department of Parks n Recs released a Virtual Rec Center website, which has free video tutorials, crafts, fitness, games, and activities for all ages. The virtual rec center will be updated daily, with links to Baltimore institution's online programming and creative activities to do while practicing social distancing. For more information, click here.
New Tax Filing deadlines
July 15 Deadline: Business-related tax returns and payments that were not collected in March, April, May and June are due.
July 15 Deadline: Individual income tax state returns and payments are due.
October 15 Deadline: Individual income tax state returns deadline if taxpayer filed for federal extension.
To find out more information about the updated deadlines, click here
If you have questions regarding 2019 income tax filings and payments please email email@example.com. If you currently have a payment plan for tax payments and you are having difficulty making those payments you can email COVID19@marylandtaxes.gov
For more information on the full list of changes, click here.