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Baltimore COVID-19 Asset Map

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 TwitterFacebook, and Instagram). If you have questions or need assistance, don’t hesitate to reach me and my office at councilpresident@baltimorecity.gov or 410-396-4804.

 

In service,

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Brandon Scott
Baltimore City Council President

 

 

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.

 

Please see the resource guide below for your convenience. Use these links to quickly navigate:

Help and Support

Essential Resources & Information

Utilities and Services

City and State Agencies

Other Information

 

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HELP AND SUPPORT

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.

 

ESSENTIAL RESOURCES AND INFORMATION

BALTIMORE CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS (Pre-K thru 12)

Closure: All public schools in MD are closed from Monday, March 16 – Friday, March 27. Plans re: child care and delivery of meals are being formulated. All private schools are encouraged to follow the State declaration.

 

Meal Distribution Sites: Baltimore City is providing grab-n-go meals to all Baltimore children and youth (18 and under) Monday-Friday, March 23-27. The city is also distributing meals for families at select Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC) sites for those communities’ residents only. All sites are listed below by quadrant and with meal type and time. Additional information can be found here: https://www.baltimorecityschools.org/health-updates 

Southeast

 

Virginia S. Baker/Patterson Park

Address: 2601 East Baltimore Street 
Zipcode: 21224 
Serving: 12-6 pm (B+L)

Mora Crossman Rec

Address: 6200 E. Pratt Street 
Zipcode: 21224 
Serving: 12-6 pm (B+L)

Mobile Meal Stop

Address: 1200 Gusyran Street 
Zipcode: 21224 
Serving: 9:40-10:10 am (B) 2:10-2:40 pm (L)

Mobile Meal Stop

Address: 3411 Bank Street 
Zipcode: 21224 
Serving: 10:20-10:50 am (B) 2:50-3:20 pm (L)

Mobile Meal Stop

Address: 100 S. Caroline Street 
Zipcode: 21231 
Serving: 11-11:30 am (B) 3:30-4 pm (L)

Community Site: Breath of God

Address: 141 S. Clinton 
Zipcode: 21224 
Serving: 11 am-2 pm (B+L)

 

Northeast:

 

Community Site: Nazarene Baptist Church

Address: 1201 Harford Avenue 
Zipcode: 21202 
Serving: 10 am-12 pm (B+L)

Gardenville Rec

Address: 4517 Hazelwood Avenue 
Zipcode: 21206 
Serving: 12-6 pm (B+L)

Herring Run Rec

Address: 5001 Sinclair Lane
Zipcode: 21206 
Serving: 12-6 pm (B+L)

Northwood Rec

Address: 1517 Winford Road
Zipcode: 21239 
Serving: 12-6 pm (B+L)

Woodhome Rec

Address: 7310 Moyer Avenue
Zipcode: 21234 
Serving: 12-6 pm (B+L)

Mobile Meal Stop

Address: 2401 Belair Road 
Zipcode: 21213 
Serving: 9:20-9:50 am (B) 1:20-1:50 pm (L)

Mobile Meal Stop

Address: 4400 Parkside Drive 
Zipcode: 21206 
Serving: 10-10:30 am (B) 2-2:30 pm (L)

Mobile Meal Stop

Address: 3400 Ellerslie Avenue 
Zipcode: 21218 
Serving: 10:40-11:10 am (B) 2:40-3:10 pm (L)

 

Eastern:

 

Chick Webb Rec

Address: 623 Eden Street 
Zipcode: 21205 
Serving: 12-6 pm (B+L)

Cecil Kirk Rec

Address: 909 E. 22nd Street 
Zipcode: 21218 
Serving: 2-7 pm (B+L)

Greenmount Rec

Address: 2304 Greenmount Avenue 
Zipcode: 21218 
Serving: 12-6 pm (B+L)

Madison Square Rec

Address: 1401 Biddle Street 
Zipcode: 21213 
Serving: 12-6 pm (B+L)

Oliver Rec

Address: 1600 N. Spring Street
Zipcode: 21213 
Serving: 12-6 pm (B+L)

Carroll F. Cook Rec

Address: 5061 Eager Street 
Zipcode: 21205 
Serving: 12-6 pm

Collington Square Rec

Address: 1409 Collington Avenue 
Zipcode: 21213 
Serving: 12-6 pm

Coldstream Rec

Address: 1401 Fillmore Street
Zipcode: 21218 
Serving: 12-6 pm (B+L)

Rita Church Rec

Address: 2101 St. Lo Drive 
Zipcode: 21213 
Serving: 12-6 pm (B+L)

Mobile Meal Stop

Address: 3000 E. Madison Street 
Zipcode: 21205 
Serving: 8-8:30 am (B) 12-12:30 pm (L)

Mobile Meal Stop

Address: 425 N. Chester Street 
Zipcode: 21231 
Serving: 8:40-9:10 am (B) 12:40-1:10 pm (L)

 

Northern:

 

Address: 5501 Ivanhoe Avenue
Zipcode: 21212 
Serving: 12-6 pm (B+L)

Medfield Rec

Address: 1501 Woodheights Avenue 
Zipcode: 21211 
Serving: 12-6 pm (B+L)

Roosevelt Rec

Address: 1221 36th Street 
Zipcode: 21211 
Serving: 12-6 pm (B+L)

Community Site: Italian Cultural Center

Address: 315 Homeland Southway 
Zipcode: 21212 
Serving: 10 am-1 pm (B+L)

Community Site: Franciscan Center

Address: 101 West 23rd Street 
Zipcode: 21218 
Serving: 9-10 am (B) 12-1 pm (L)

 

Southwest:

 

Edgewood-Lyndhurst Rec

Address: 835 Allendale Street 
Zipcode: 21229 
12-6 pm (B+L)

Mary E. Rodman Rec

Address: 3600 Mulberry Street
Zipcode: 21229 
Serving: 12-6 pm (B+L)

James McHenry Rec

Address: 911 Hollins Street 
Zipcode: 21223 
Serving: 12-6 pm (B+L)

Samuel F.B. Morse Rec

Address: 424 Pulaski Street 
Zipcode: 21223 
Serving: 12-6 pm (B+L)

Bentalou Rec

Address: 222 N. Bentalou Street 
Zipcode: 21223 
Serving: 12-6 pm (B+L)

Fred B. Leidig Rec

Address: 301 South Beechfield Avenue 
Zipcode: 21229 
Serving: 12-6 pm (B+L)

 

Northwest:

 

Callow Hill Aquatic Center

Address: 2821 Oakley Avenue 
Zipcode: 21215 
Serving: 12-6 pm (B+L)

C.C. Jackson Rec

Address: 4910 Park Heights Avenue 
Zipcode: 21205
Serving: 12-6 pm (B+L)

James D. Gross Rec

Address: 4600 Lanier Avenue 
Zipcode: 21216 
Serving: 12-6 pm (B+L)

Mobile Meal Stop

Address: 2605 Garrison Blvd. 
Zipcode: 21216 
Serving: 8:40-9:10 am (B) 12:40-1:10 pm (L)

Mobile Meal Stop

Address: 3939 Reisterstown Road 
Zipcode: 21215 
Serving: 9:20-9:50 am (B) 1:20-1:50 pm (L)

Mobile Meal Stop

Address: 3910 Barrington Road 
Zipcode: 21207 
Serving: 10-10:30 am (B) 2-2:30 pm (L)

Mobile Meal Stop

Address: 5032 Gwynn Oak Avenue 
Zipcode: 21207 
Serving: 10:40-11:10 am (B) 2:40-3:10 pm (L)

Community Site: Rehoboth Ministries

Address: 4423 Pimlico Road 
Zipcode: 21215 
Serving: 11 am-1 pm (B+L)

Community Site: Liberty Rec and Tech Center (starting on March 24)

Address: 3901 Maine Avenue 
Zipcode: 21207 
Serving: 9 am-12 pm (B+L)

 

West:

 

Lilian Jones Rec

Address: 1310 N. Stricker Street 
Zipcode: 21217 
Serving: 12-6 pm (B+L)

Parkview Rec

Address: 2610 Francis Street 
Zipcode: 21217 
Serving: 12-6 pm (B+L)

Crispus Attucks Rec

Address: 1601 W. Madison Street 
Zipcode: 21217 
Serving: 12-6 pm (B+L)

Robert C. Marshall Rec

Address: 1201 Pennsylvania Avenue 
Zipcode: 21201 
Serving: 12-6 pm (B+L)

Harlem Park Rec

Address: 700 N. Calhoun Street 
Zipcode: 21217 
Serving: 12-6 pm (B+L)

Community Site: Easterwood

Address: 1530 North Bentalou Street
Zipcode: 21216 
Serving: 2 pm-6 pm (L)

Mt. Royal Rec

Address: 120 W. Mosher Street 
Zipcode: 21217 
Serving: 12-6 pm (B+L)

Mobile Meal Stop

Address: 1600 N. Dukeland Street 
Zipcode: 21216 
Serving: 8-8:30 am (B) 12-12:30 pm (L)

 

South: 

 

Cherry Hill Aquatic Center

Address: 2601 Giles Road 
Zipcode: 21225 
Serving: 12-6 pm (B+L)

Curtis Bay Rec

Address: 1630 Filbert Street 
Zipcode: 21226 
Serving: 12-6 pm (B+L)

Ella Bailey Rec

Address: 100 E. Heath Street 
Zipcode: 21230 
Serving: 12-6 pm (B+L)

Farring-Baybrook Rec

Address: 4501 Farring Court 
Zipcode: 21225 
Serving: 12-6 pm (B+L)

Lakeland Rec

Address: 2921 Stranden Road 
Zipcode: 21230 
Serving: 12-6 pm (B+L)

Locust Point Rec

Address: 1627 Fort Avenue 
Zipcode: 21230 
Serving: 12-6 pm (B+L)

Morrell Park Rec

Address: 2651 Tolley Street 
Zipcode: 21230 
Serving: 12-6 pm (B+L)

Patapsco Rec

Address: 844 Roundview Road 
Zipcode: 21225 
Serving: 12-6 pm

Solo Gibbs Rec

Address: 1044 Leadenhall Street 
Zipcode: 21230
Serving: 12-6 pm (B+L)

Mobile Meal Stop

Address: 502 Jack Street 
Zipcode: 21225 
Serving: 8-8:30 am (B) 12:30-1 pm (L)

Mobile Meal Stop

Address: 2401 Nevada Street 
Zipcode: 21230 
Serving: 8:40-9:10 am (B) 1:10-1:40 pm (L)

Community Site: St. Veronica’s

Address: 2920 Joseph Avenue 
Zipcode: 21225 
Serving: 10 am-12 pm (B+L)

Community Site: Emmanuel Wesleyan

Address: 3714 West Bay Avenue 
Zipcode: 21225 
Serving: 9:30-11 am (B+L)

Community Site: City of Refuge Baltimore

Address: 901 Pontiac Avenue 
Zipcode: 21225 
Serving: 10 am-12 pm (B+L)

 

 

BALTIMORE CITY RECREATION AND PARKS

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) will cease operating programming for two weeks, beginning on 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.

 

SPECIAL GROCERY HOURS OR SENIORS AND PEOPLE WITH COMPROMISED IMMUNE SYSTEMS

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.

 

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.

 

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:

  1. 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.
  2. The Quarantine Road Landfill will no longer accept cash or credit card transactions.
  3. 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.
  4. Only emergency water maintenance issues will be addressed.
  5. Construction, engineering, and maintenance projects not deemed essential will be suspended.
  6. 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.
  7. Prequalification for contractors/consultants will be automatically extended for three months.
  8. Minimal staffing will be managing utility maintenance and meter operations. Only emergency or essential functions will be handled.
  9. 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.

 

BGE SERVICES
Customers may continue to conduct regular business with BGE 24/7 using BGE.com or the Mobile App.

 

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.

 

COMCAST/XFINITY SERVICES 

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
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.

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.

 

PARKING

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. 

 

PARKING AUTHORITY OF BALTIMORE CITY (PABC) RESIDENTIAL PARKING RENEWALS
All Residential Parking Permits (RPP) that expire in the month of March 2020, will be honored 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

BALTIMORE CITY HEALTH DEPARTMENT
The Baltimore City Health Department will be closed to the public beginning Monday, March 16.

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. 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 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. 

Read more here.

 

BALTIMORE CITY DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES (BCDSS) 
All offices are CLOSED INDEFINITELY until further notice. The following services are available:

  • 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.

 

MAYOR’S OFFICE OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE (MOCJ) SAFE STREETS:

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.”

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.

 

MAYOR’S OFFICE OF HOMELESS SERVICES (MOHS)
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.

 

BALTIMORE CITY DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (BCDOT)

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

 

OTHER INFORMATION

HEALTH GUIDANCE FOR RESIDENTS (CITY, STATE & FEDERAL)

Baltimore City Health Department

Maryland Department of Health

Center for Disease Control

 

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

 

BUSINESS RESOURCES

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

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 ssl.assistance@maryland.gov or call 410-767-235.

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 dluibulkclaims-dllr@maryland.gov 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

 

CITY EMPLOYEES
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.

 

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.

 

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/#

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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: 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.

 

PRIMARY ELECTIONS

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. 

More details can be found at boe.baltimorecity.gov/

 

SPECIAL EVENTS
All City permitted events with a capacity greater than 10 are cancelled until March 31. This situation is fluid and will continue to reassessed.

For more information, please visit https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MDBALT/bulletins/2816f3f .

 

 

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