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- Extended spring break, classes resume online April 6
- Closure of schools for two weeks starting March 16
Aging & Disabilities
- Announced closing of all senior activity centers, effective March 13
- Issued guidance for private and local organizations and community partners on public events to protect residents and prevent the spread of COVID-19
Rec & Parks
- Waived county park entrance fees until further notice, effective Monday, 3/16
- Visitor centers are closed, but parks remain open during their normal operating hours
- School system to provide meals to students at 52 sites during school shutdown
Aging & Disabilities
- Nutrition sites closed effective March 13, with home distribution beginning March 16.
- March 16 staff will begin routinely calling all clients, senior center members, caregivers, and others are known to the department for socialization and a well-person check. All emergent needs will be documented, triaged, and resolved in coordination with the necessary departments.
County Executive’s Office
- Signed executive order to declare a state of emergency for Anne Arundel County
- Government buildings continue to stay open to the public – continually reassessing
- Created an event cancellations link
- Planned a Virtual Town Hall for March 14, will be recurring
- No visitations allowed.
- Identified two isolation units.
- Social distancing from work orders that aren’t emergencies.
- Discontinuing inspection next week.
- No evictions or court actions.
Inspections & Permits
- Permits are being issued by appointment only to limit foot traffic.
- Plan review is happening remotely.
- Conducting limited inspections.
- All permits for events through March 31 have been rescinded
- Postponing inspection of tax cabs to July
- Closed until March 30
- Mobile crisis is using extreme discretion for in-person visits and is moving to phone consultations wherever possible.
- Telework policy to be implemented Monday
- Relaxed the rules on doctor’s notes to allow a return to work in order to lessen the impact on health care providers.
- For employees who don’t earn leave, if an employee presents with an illness administrative leave can be made available
- Assigned a sworn officer to the communications team.
- Taking police reports for relatively minor and non-violent crimes by telephone and online
- Suspended all water service shut-offs indefinitely
- Coordination with Annapolis DPW to do mutual aid at water plant and roads
Rec & Parks
- All child care programs will be closed beginning March 16 and remain closed until schools re-open
- Suspended indoor and outdoor use of school facilities and senior centers
- North County and South County Recreation Centers are closed until further notice
- Arundel Olympic Swim Center and North Arundel Aquatic Center are closed until further notice
- Youth Spring Basketball start is postponed
- All turf fields are closed until further notices
- Permitted activities in Community Park facilities are suspended until further notice
- Communicated with athletic associations to cancel practice
- The Sheriff will not be enforcing eviction notices during the crisis.
State’s Attorney Office
- Anne Arundel District and Circuit Courts are closed to the public from March 16 through April 3, 2020. Only limited court hearings are being held daily.
- The office will be operating in a limited capacity and can be contacted during normal business hours to answer questions. Questions can also be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Career centers are closed to the general public, appointments only.
- Appointment only consultations are being delivered virtually.
- Expanded meals program, will begin offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a single pickup to children ages 2 to 18 on March 16 at 31 school sites and 21 additional mobile meals. View pickup locations here.
- Employee health benefits worked with CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield and CVS to remove cost and other barriers to ensure members have access to necessary care during this time.