Mayor Announces New Guidance to City Agencies Amid COVID-19 Emergency: March 15, 2020
Mayor Announces New Guidance to City Agencies
In preparation for possible spread of COVID-19, I have taken numerous executive actions to protect the health and well-being of Baltimore City residents.
Baltimore City received word from the State Department of Health Saturday night of our first confirmed positive case of the virus, and we are entering a new phase of this pandemic.
In advance of the spread of the virus, I ordered the cancellation of all events featuring 250 people or more, and released guidance for organizers of events under 250 people. My order was in line with Governor Hogan's Executive Order.
I also worked to suspend all turn-offs for water service, and bring a temporary halt to evictions.
Starting tomorrow, I have ordered the following:
All Senior Centers and Recreation Centers will suspend programs. These centers will be kept open as food distribution hubs
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
The City of Baltimore will only accept payments online and by mail. We will suspend late fees through at least May 1st. Payment windows at the Abel Wolman Building will be closed until further notice
The City of Baltimore will only accept permit applications online. This includes: The Department of Transportation, Recreation & Parks, Health Department, Department of Public Works and Department of Housing & Community Development
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 City of Baltimore is suspending in person services at the City's Career and Youth Opportunity Centers. Our staff will provide services and appointments by telephone
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. I have directed 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
In addition, all city employee work related travel is suspended until further notice.
I implore everyone to take care of your neighbors and remember we have a duty to help prevent the spread of COVID-19
The most important thing you can do to reduce the spread of the virus is to stay home and maintain at least 6 feet of social distancing when you're out in public.