COVID-19 Resource Page

Our current public health emergency should be taken seriously, but our primary protections are common-sense strategies like hand washing and maintaining social distance. There will continue to be changes to our social and work lives as the institutions around us develop and refine their plans. As this public health emergency unfolds, we will work to keep this page up-to-date with information that can help keep District 1 residents healthy and safe.
1. Schools
      • All public schools in the State of Maryland are closed until at least March 27, 2020. Private schools have been encouraged to follow the Governor’s recommendations.
      • BCPS have developed learning packets so that students can continue learning while schools are closed. The packets can be downloaded online here.
      • BCPS is operating a COVID-19 hotline to answer questions from students, families, and staff. You can call 443-984-2000 between 9am and 4pm.
      • For school-specific information, please visit each District 1 school’s individual website:
2. Recreation & Parks

Rec Centers: All Baltimore City Recreation & Parks (BCRP) rec centers are closed and have suspended programming through at least March 27. 

Rec Centers Meal Program: Virginia Baker and Joseph Lee rec centers will serve as food distribution hubs, where school-age children can pick up a midday snack, and prepared dinners in the evening. Beginning Monday, March 16, students will be able to pick up a snack beginning at 2pm and receive dinner starting at 5pm. More information.

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. 

3. Public Transportation

Public transit should be used for essential travel only, including emergency personnel, front-line health care workers, and anyone else whose job is critical to the supply chain. MTA services changes can be seen here or on each service’s website:  

4. Parking and Driving
      • The 48-hour parking rule has been suspended until further notice. See more here.
      • Parking restrictions for mechanical street-sweeping have been lifted until further notice. See more here.
      • Metered Parking Enforcement is still occurring as normal.
      • All Vehicle Emissions Inspection Stations are closed until further notice. See more here.
      • All driver’s licenses, ID cards, permits, and registrations will not expire until the 30th day after the state of emergency has been lifted. See more here.
      • The Baltimore City Department of Transportation’s Safety and Towing Division has suspended all vehicle retrievals from the Fallsway and Pulaski Highway Impound Facilities until further notice. See more here.

 

5. Voting
      • The Primary Election has been moved to June 2, 2020. Early Voting will take place from Thursday, May 21, 2020 through Thursday, May 28, 2020. See more here.
      • We hope to receive more information from the Maryland State Board of Elections in the coming days, and we will update this when more information becomes available.
      • Marylanders are able to register to vote online here.
      • If you would like to vote by mail, you can request an absentee ballot for any reason. Click here to request an absentee ballot.
6. Utilities

Water – Residents need not worry about water being shut off. For at least the duration of the Maryland State of Emergency, the Department of Public Works will not turn off water service for failure to pay. See more here.

Gas and Electricity – Residents need not worry about BGE disconnecting service for failure to pay. BGE is suspending service disconnections and waiving new late payment charges until at least May 1, 2020. See more here.

7. Evictions

Evictions in Baltimore City are halted as long as Baltimore City Public Schools remain closed. More information.

 

8. Libraries

All Enoch Pratt Free Library branches are closed to the public until at least March 30, 2020. All renewals and are waived and customers do not need to return materials until the Pratt resumes normal business hours.

The eLibrary is still available online and customers can loan books and ebooks, stream movies and music, and access digital resources. See more here.

9. Pets

BARCS Animal Shelter has put together guidelines for pet owners and their pets during COVID-19. See more here.

10. Taxes
      • Federal Income Taxes: the deadline has been extended from April 15, 2020 to July 15, 2020. See more information.
      • State Income Taxes: the deadline has been extended from April 15, 2020 to July 15, 2020. See more information.
11. Health Insurance Coverage

A special enrollment period is now open to all Marylanders who need health insurance during this state of emergency. Uninsured Marylanders can enroll online here through the marketplace. See more information here.

12. Medical Facilities in District 1
13. Health tips

Baltimore City Health Department

Maryland Department of Health

Center for Disease Control

14. Multilingual resources

The Mayor’s Office has guidance and documents in Spanish, French, Chinese, Korean, and Arabic (with Russian soon to follow). You can find these resources on the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant and Multicultural Affairs (MIMA) website.

 

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