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.



City of Baltimore Website

Baltimore City Health Department

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.

Health Department Infographics


Mayor Young Announces Construction of New COVID-19 Screening Site


Mayor “Jack” Young, University of Maryland Medical System, Johns Hopkins Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health, and CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Announce Public-Private Partnership

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resource allocation.


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Mayor Jack Young declared a State of Emergency on March 18, effective at 12:01 pm.

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.

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

Mayor Young’s Statement on First Responders Testing Positive for COVID-19 (03.26)

Mayor Young’s Statement on First Two Coronavirus Related Deaths in Baltimore City (03.28)

Mayor Young’s Statement on Positive COVID-19 Test for BCPSS Employee

Mayor Young’s Statement Calling on Residents to Stay Home

Mayor Young calls for 3-month delay of water, sewer, and stormwater rate increases


Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young directed the Department of Public Works and the Department of Finance to develop a plan to delay the effective date for the Fiscal Year 2021 water rate increases, including water, sewer and stormwater rates. The Mayor is requesting a 3-month delay in the effective date, from July, 1, 2020 to October 1, 2020.

In the coming weeks, Mayor Young will present a plan to the Board of Estimates for consideration. Mayor Young encourages all members to put the residents of our city first and join him in this critical initiative.


Mayor Young Extends Baltimore City Stay At Home Order

Mayor Young Announces Cancellation of Public Events Through August 31

All public events held in Baltimore City slated to include more than 250 people have been cancelled through August 31 st , 2020. Cancelled events include the Baltimore Office of Promotion and The Arts’ (BOPA) large-scale summer events Artscape 2020 and Baltimore’s 4th of July Celebration.


 No reschedules will be accommodated for cancelled events in 2020, but the City will strive to make accommodations for 2021. The Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize exhibitions will proceed on a virtual platform this year. In addition, Picnic at the Top, held at Top of the World Observation Level, is also canceled. BOPA will continue to adapt its annual programming and seek alternatives, including virtual platforms in response to the health crisis. Announcements will be made accordingly in the coming weeks. 


Mayor Young Signs Executive Order for Phase I Reopening


Mayor Young Announces Reopening of Retail Businesses


Mayor Young Moves to Stage 2 Reopening Plan

  • Faith-based entities – facilities are permitted to reopen for indoor services, with the total number of people present not to exceed 50% of the building’s maximum capacity

  • Retail establishments and malls – shopping centers and malls with one or more enclosed pedestrian concourses may open to general public, at up to 50% of maximum capacity.

  • Personal services – beauty salons, barber shops, tattoo parlors, tanning salons, massage parlors, and establishments that provide aesthetic services or provide nail technician services will be allowed to reopen, at up to 50% of maximum capacity, by appointment only.

  • Recreational establishments – bowling alleys, bingo halls, pool halls, roller skating rinks, and social and fraternal clubs will be allowed to reopen to the public at up to 50% of maximum capacity

  • Food service establishments – restaurants, bars, clubs, and social clubs with dining facilities will be allowed to reopen indoor seating to the public at up to 50% of maximum capacity​.

  • Fitness centers will be allowed to reopen to the public at up to of 50% maximum occupancy.

  • Childcare facilities – daycare facilities will be allowed to have up to 15 individuals per classroom

  • Youth camp programs (indoor and outdoor) – indoor and outdoor programs will be allowed to have up to 15 people in a space at any given time, including all staff and campers.

  • Libraries will be allowed to reopen to the public at up to 50% of maximum capacity

  • The Baltimore Zoo, the National Aquarium, and museums will be allowed to reopen to the public at up to 50% of maximum capacity

  • Nonessential offices – nonessential offices will be allowed to reopen to the public at up to 50% of maximum capacity; telework still strongly recommended.

  • Pools – indoor and outdoor pools and aquatic centers will be allowed to reopen at up to 50% of maximum capacity.

  • Sports activities (indoor and outdoor) – Sports activities will be allowed to reopen at up to 50% of maximum indoor capacity for participants, and outdoors at up to 100% of maximum capacity for participants. Activities will not be open to spectators. If the activity takes places indoors, social distancing must be maintained and face coverings should be worn to the greatest extent possible.

  • Youth sports gatherings (indoor and outdoor) – Youth and amateur sports gatherings and events may resume sporting activities, at up to 50% of maximum indoor capacity, but not open to the general public. Social distancing must be maintained and to the extent possible, face coverings should be worn.

  • Casinos – casinos may reopen at up to 50% capacity, with appropriate safeguards in place




What is the National Guard & Why They Are Here in Baltimore City

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Mayor Young & Mayor's Office of Children & Family Success Announce Closure of City's Five CAP Centers


Mayor Young and Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC) Announce New Personal Protective Equipment Manufacturing Fund

Mayor Young and the Baltimore Development Corporation have created a $50,000 grant fund to assist Baltimore City manufacturers with start-up costs related to the production of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Qualifying businesses can request up to $7,500 to off-set costs of equipment, materials, and/or labor associated with the manufacturing of any of the products listed on the Maryland Department of Commerce’s COVID-19: Maryland Critical Needs

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To apply, businesses must complete the application


Applications will be accepted as long as funds are available. Any business that receives a grant will be required to provide a report to BDC documenting use of funds, including type and quantity of products made, within one month of receiving funding.

Email with all questions about the application process






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