COVID-19 Coronavirus County Government Updates
For information regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) from the Health Department, click here.
Howard County is under a State of Emergency.

All Howard County Government gatherings, events, and meetings that attract one of the high-risk populations or were canceled or rescheduled through April 26, to be reassessed as new developments arise. 

Non-emergency County offices and facilities will be closed to the public until further notice, though operations will continue through teleworking by eligible employees, as designated by their respective department heads. 

Resource Phone Directory

For a comprehensive list of public resources for non-medical coronavirus questions,please click here.

HoCo Food Go
‘HoCo Food Go,’ is a resource which lists and maps different delivery and carryout options for Howard County restaurants. Check out the map here. 
Operational Services and Resources
Business Resources A comprehensive list of business closures and resources from the State of Maryland. Guidance from Maryland on non-essential business closures beginning March 23rd, and additional guidance. 
County Parks All parks gates and restrooms are closed. Residents may access parks from walking trails, but are encouraged to practice social distancing. Residents are urged to stay off playground equipment, as their cleanliness cannot be guaranteed.
Economic Development Authority Howard County Economic Development Authority has created an information portal for the business community impacted by the coronavirus outbreak that is available online.
Emergency Services All emergency services including Police, Fire, Emergency Medical Services
Inspections Inspections of buildings, roads, traffic lights and other infrastructure delivered online or call 410
Health Insurance  The Maryland Health Connection opened a new Special Enrollment Period to uninsured Marylanders who need health coverage during the State of Emergency for Coronavirus (COVID-19) 
Housing/Tenants For questions related to mortage or rent payments during coronavirus. 
Payments Alternative payment options can be found here for bills and citations. For questions, please call 410-313-2195.
Planning and Zoning Applications, documents, forms and plans submitted to [email protected] or by direct mail, or call 410-313-2350.
Police Reports HCPD encourages residents to file online at or call 410-313-2200.
Public Works Send inquiries by email or call 410-313-4400.
RTA Transit Modified service available effective March 18.  Click here for schedule.
Trash and Recycling On-Schedule. See full updates for Alpha Ridge Landfill.
School Meals Meals will be available from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., weekdays, March 17 - March 27.  
Small Business Assistance According to the SBA, the loans will help alleviate financial strain and allow businesses to pay bills, payroll, and accounts payable, with long-term payments stretching up to 30 years. Small businesses and private non-profit organizations can apply directly to the SBA for financial assistance here.
Unemployment If you're facing unemployment due to coronavirus, please see resources from the State and our Office of Workforce Development. 
Closures and Cancellations
Howard County Government Buildings Closed To Public Until Further Notice
Howard County Council Closed to Public Until Further Notice
Howard County Public Schools March 14 - April 24
Howard County Libraries Closed Until Further Notice
Howard Community College March 15 - March 29, Moving Online March 30
50+ Centers March 13 - Until Further Notice
Recreation and Parks - Indoor Facilities March 13 - April 24
Recreation and Parks - Programs, Classes, Leagues, Events March 13 - April 24
Recreation and Parks - Large Events, Gatherings, Weddings (50 or more people) March 13 - May 11
Wine In The Woods Cancelled
Shops at Savage Mill March 15 - Until Further Notice
Mall In Columbia March 15 - Until Further Notice
Movie Theaters (Regal UA Snowden Square and AMC Columbia) March 15 - Until Further Notice
Howard County Animal Control and Adoption Closed to Public Until Further Notice
Non-Essential Business Closed Until Further Notice
Community Updates
The above information is rapidly evolving, to stay informed on coronavirus updates, please follow social media:
Budget Hearing Hosted virtually.  Signup online by March 20th to testify.
Departmental Updates
County Council Howard County Council Offices are closed to the public until further notice, but services are still being provided. Read the Council’s complete statement.  Fore  more information, please contact your Council representative at 410-313-2001.  Please check online for the latest information regarding changes to schedules, deadlines, and Council operation. March and April hearings before the Zoning board, Board of Appeals, Council Hearing Examiners, and the Alcohol Beverages Hearing Board are postponed and will be rescheduled.
Community Resources & Services Phone appointments can be made via 410-313-6400. Multi-Service Center services will be conducted online or via phone at 41-313-0220. For childcare and parenting, please call the CAREline at 410-313-2278. 
Housing April is an open enrollment month for the MIHU Homeownership Program. The Department will accept MIHU applications online and by mail ONLY. Beginning April 1st through April 30th, potential applicants can visit the Open Enrollment page  for the application and FAQs. The MIHU homeownership or rental information sessions normally offered in April are CANCELLED; however, the presentations will be available on that same webpage.  If you have questions about the application or the enrollment process, please call the office at (410) 313-6318 or send an email to [email protected]
Human Rights Members of the public wishing to schedule appointments should call 410-313-6430.  Online Complaints can be filed at: Online Complaint.
Inspections, Licenses and Permits Customers who are unable to use online services or who have service requests that cannot be conducted via mail, will be by appointment only. Call (410) 313-2455, option #4 for more information and direction. The Department will continue to inspect construction projects and properties with modified processes to limit person to person contact.
Planning and Zoning (DPZ) For assistance from the DPZ Public Service Counter, including checking out or returning plan drawings for red-lining purposes, please contact 410-313-4395. For all other general inquiries related to development plans or projects, community planning, agricultural preservationhistoric preservationhistoric preservation applications, and demolition form contact 410-313-2350 or email [email protected]Contact information for individual programs can be found on the website, as well as applications, forms and fees. Plan review will continue through the electronic submission process (PDox).
Public Works Real Estate General Services (Developer Agreements, Capital Projects, Leasing Inquiries, ADO Agreements, Fire Protection Agreements, and Water & Sewer House Connections) can be conducted via phone and e-mail: [email protected] and 410-313-2330. For customer service inquiries please call 410-313-4400.
Recreation and Parks For detailed closures and cancellation information, click here.
Social Services The Department of Social Services tools are accessible online or by phone: Apply for SNAP (Food Stamps or Cash Assistance), apply for medical assistance and health insurance, and long-term care. Or call 1-800-332-6347 and request a paper application and mail, email or fax to local office. Email: [email protected]. Fax 410-872-4231. Residents can submit any required documentation via the MYDHR portal or via email: Child support: [email protected];  FIA: [email protected]. Check MYDHR account for case updates.  Contact the call center at 1-800-332-6347 Monday-Friday 8:30- 5:00, call 410-872-8700, or Email [email protected] 
Workforce Development The Office of Workforce Development has compiled FAQs for how to access their services


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