March 31, 2020

Earlier today, Johnny O announced the establishment of an Emergency Response Fund.  A link to the County’s announcement is below along with a brief summary of the fund: https://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/BaltimoreCountyNow/county-executive-olszewski-unveils-new-fund-to-support-covid-19-response

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced the launch of the “Baltimore County COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund”.  The fund is intended to support residents and promote public health during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Olszewski said contributions to the fund may be used to support various efforts, including providing groceries to needy families and seniors, ensuring first responders and public health workers have adequate personal protective equipment, and other initiatives that the county is undertaking to prevent the spread of the virus and support residents.  He did not put a dollar amount on the fund, but stated that contributions to the fund can be made through the County’s website.

The fund will be managed by the Baltimore Community Foundation, a local foundation that manages more than 800 philanthropic funds and $173 million in assets.  

March 24, 2020

  • The County has launched a public comment application through which members of the public can submit comments on CZMP issues.  Citizens can also submit comments via email or snail mail.  All comments must be submitted by April 10.
  • The Planning Board will host a live-streamed meeting on April 21 at 6pm where it will summarize the comments received.
  • The Planning Board will begin hosting virtual Work Sessions on April 22 where it will discuss and take formal positions on individual CZMP issues (one Councilmanic District at a time) – these will be live-streamed on the county’s website. 

March 18, 2020

March 17, 2020

  • The Liquor Board announced that it is temporarily allowing Class A, B and D License holders to deliver alcoholic beverages to citizens in Baltimore County only (e.g., cannot cross County/City lines). A formal request must be emailed to the Board at liquorboard@baltimorecountymd.gov.
  • For establishments that close (temporarily), the Liquor Board does not appear to have addressed the applicability of Rule 26 of the Rules and Regulations of the Baltimore Count Liquor Board, which provides that if a licensee closes his or her business for any reason for a period exceeding ten (10) days, the licensee shall inform the Board in writing within 72 hours of the closing date, giving the reason for the closing, the estimated time the business will not be operated, and the future intention as to use of the license. Per Rule 26, if no such written explanation is received, the Board may consider such failure to communicate as evidence that the license has been vacated.

March 16, 2020

  • On March 16, 2020, County Executive Johnny Olszewski announced a series of new efforts to further expand Baltimore County’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • All Administrative Law Judge hearings are postponed effective Monday, March 16 through Tuesday, March 31. Hearings will resume on Wednesday, April 1. If your hearing is scheduled to occur between March 16 to March 31, you will be contacted to reschedule. 
  • All non-essential meetings of public boards, commissions or committees (including the Planning Board, Board of Appeals, and County Commissions and Workgroup meetings) are cancelled or postponed and members of the public are prohibited from attending those meetings deemed essential.
  • County Executive Olszewski issued an Executive Order providing an extension of all County licenses, permits, registrations and other authorizations until 30 days following the end of the local state of emergency. The order also authorizes the head of each government agency to suspend the effect of any legal or procedural deadline, due date, time of default, time expiration, period of time or other statute, rule or regulation that it administers. This applies to suspensions concerning payments of late fees owed to Baltimore County.
  • The Planning Board’s remaining CZMP Hearings are cancelled. Additional information will be shared in the coming days regarding the Planning Board work sessions and the proceedings before the County Council.
  • All legislative sessions and work sessions of the County Council are presently being held as scheduled. However, until further notice, members of the public will not be permitted to attend these meetings. Only essential County employees may attend in person and measures will be taken to ensure the total number of attendees is as few as possible.  All in-person meetings between Councilmembers and the public are cancelled for the time being. All meetings are being restricted to phone conferences rather than in-person.  All Council sessions will be available to live-stream on the Council website. The public are encouraged to provide written testimony or comment by email, fax, or traditional mail.
  • County office buildings remain open at this time, but the County is instituting steps to limit public access. Permit requests and all other meetings with County department staff will be by appointment only as of Wednesday, March 18. All meetings and appointments currently scheduled with County departments or staff are cancelled unless individuals are otherwise notified. Instructions for scheduling appointments with County departments will be available in the next several days and posted to the County’s website. Until such time, members of the public will be restricted from entering County buildings. Visitors and those requesting appointments will be screened for illness prior to gaining access to County buildings.