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Compiled By: David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Staff Writer

LEONARDTOWN, MD – As of Friday, March 13, 2020, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in St. Mary’s County but in the interest of public health, the following cancellations and postponements are announced:

All St. Mary’s County Government meeting spaces are closed March 16-20. This includes, but is not limited to, the Commissioners Meeting Room in the Chesapeake Building and the Room 14 Conference Room in the Potomac Building.

The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County business meeting scheduled for March 17 is canceled.

The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County Budget Work Session scheduled for March 17 is canceled.

The Planning Commission Meeting scheduled for March 16 is canceled.

The Airport Advisory Board Meeting scheduled for March 23 is canceled.

The Library Board of Trustees meeting scheduled for March 16 is canceled.

The St. Mary’s County Ethics Commission meeting scheduled for March 18 is canceled and will be rescheduled at a later date.

The YMCA Exploratory Committee meeting scheduled for March 19 is canceled and will be rescheduled for a later date.

The Census Complete Count Committee Meeting scheduled for March 19 is canceled.

The Commission on Aging Meeting scheduled for March 23 is canceled. The next meeting is scheduled for April 20, at 1 p.m. at New Towne Village, located at 2810 Dorsey Street in Leonardtown, MD.  For more information, contact Mercedez Jones at 301-475-4200, ext. 71658, or Mercedez.Jones@stmarysmd.com.

The Commission for Women meeting scheduled for March 16 is canceled. The next meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on April 20, in Room 14 of the Potomac Building, located at 23115 Leonard Hall Drive in Leonardtown, MD. For more information, contact Debra Kane at 301-475-4200, ext. 71658, or Debra.Kane@stmarysmd.com.

St. Mary’s County Government and St. Mary’s County Health Department have partnered to open a COVID-19 information call center. Community members can call the center Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. to speak with staff, obtain information about the disease, or get their questions answered: 301-475-4911.

All St. Mary’s County Government Administrative Offices will be open for regular operations until further notice. Employees should continue to report for regular duty.

All St. Mary’s County Government meeting spaces will be closed March 16-20. This includes but is not limited to the Commissioners Meeting Room in the Chesapeake Building and the Room 14 Conference Room in the Potomac Building.

The Planning Commission Meeting scheduled for March 16 is canceled.

St. Mary’s County Public School will be closed on March 16-27, 2020. Students will return to school on March 30, 2020.

Margaret Brent Middle School is closed Friday, March 13, 2020.

St. Mary’s Transit System will continue regular operations until further notice.

St. Mary’s County Regional Airport is open under normal operations.

The Airport Advisory Board Meeting scheduled for March 23, 2020, is canceled.

All Senior Activity Centers (Garvey, Loffler, and Northern) will be closed beginning Friday, March 13, 2020, until further notice. Senior Information & Assistance appointments will not be conducted in person. Individuals are encouraged to conduct business by phone or email or to reschedule appointments for a time when Senior Activity Centers have reopened. All programs and activities are canceled. The Patrick Henry LIFE trip on March 20 and the Charles County Churches LIFE trip on March 26 are canceled.

Home-Delivered Meals will continue as regularly scheduled

There will be no congregate meals at Senior Activity Centers, but meals will be provided to New Towne Village and Cedar Lane Senior Living Communities

Department of Recreation and Parks Operations: effective March 13, 2020, 9:00 p.m. all recreation programs and facilities are canceled through March 29, 2020.

Wicomico Shores Golf Course Pro Shop is open for golf from 8:00a to 4:00 pm each day.

The Riverview Restaurant is closed until further notice.

All organized practices and games are canceled in St. Mary’s County parks through March 29, 2020.

Maryland Day event at the St. Clements Island Museum on March 25, 2020, has been canceled.

The St. Clements Island and Piney Point Lighthouse and Museum will be open during normal operating hours until further notice.

St Marys County Libraries will be closed March 14-29. All library programming and events and are also canceled from March 14-29, 2020. Meeting rooms are also closed. No fines will be levied during the library closure period. The Friends of the Library Book Sale scheduled for March 26-29 is canceled. The Library Board of Trustees meeting scheduled for Monday, March 16, 2020, is canceled.

The six convenience centers and the St. Andrews Landfill will continue normal operations until further notice

The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County business meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 17, 2020, has been canceled.

The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County Budget Work Session scheduled for Tuesday, March 17, 2020, has been canceled.

The College of Southern Maryland will move most classes online on March 16-22. Spring Break is March 25-29. Classes will resume online March 30 through April 30.

MetCom is open under normal operations.

The Circuit Court of St. Mary’s County is open.

  • All jury trials, both civil and criminal scheduled between March 16 – April 3 are canceled.
  • All nonessential judicial activities have also been postponed.
  • Mary Ellen Barbera, Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals and administrative head of the Judicial Branch, has ordered all courts in the Maryland Judiciary, court offices, administrative offices, units of the Judiciary, and the Offices of the Clerks of the Circuit Courts closed to the public on an emergency basis, effective March 16, 2020; however, Judiciary operations shall continue to the extent practicable.

For more information, https://www.stmarysmd.com/circuit-court/ or call 301-475-4200, ext. 74163.


The Fly-In Farmer’s Market scheduled for Saturday, March 21st has been canceled. While we are saddened for the need to cancel this popular event, we recognize that the health and safety of our community in this uncertain time must be our top priority. We have loved sharing this wonderful winter market with our Southern Maryland region, and we will look forward to hosting it again in the future. Our sincerest thanks to our St. Mary’s County Regional Airport for hosting this event for the past two years, and for allowing us to be part of their 50 Year Anniversary celebration!

At Historic Sotterley we are continually planning for the incredible programming we have in store for 2020. We know the significance and beauty of Sotterley will continue to be both an asset and a balm to our community, and we look forward to sharing it with each of you.

Historic St. Mary’s City Closing Temporarily 

Due to ongoing concerns about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Historic St. Mary’s City (HSMC) will delay the planned March 17 opening to March 31. As a state agency, HSMC must follow the orders from Maryland Governor Hogan who, as of yesterday, directed “the Department of Budget and Management to implement a period of mandatory telework.”

This includes HSMC staff.

All Historic St. Mary’s City events and programs also are canceled until further notice.

Historic St. Mary’s City walking trails remain open.


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David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...