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Howard County is under a State of Emergency.

All Howard County Government gatherings, events, and meetings that attract one of the high-risk populations are canceled or rescheduled until further notice.

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.

Current Restrictions and Closures
Business or Activity Defined As Restrictions
Howard County Government Buildings   Closed To Public Until Further Notice
Howard County Council Meetings and offices Closed to Public Until Further Notice
Howard County Public Schools   Virtual Learning 
Howard County Libraries   Closed Until Further Notice - Offering curbside pick-up
50+ Centers   Closed Until Further Notice
Recreation and Parks - Indoor Facilities   Facilities may be open with restrictions, please click here for details. 
Recreation and Parks - Programs, Classes, Leagues, Events   Some programs, classes, and camps have resumed, please click here for details.
Indoor Social Gathering Family gatherings, parties, cookouts, parades, festivals, conventions, fundraisers, weddings, social and fraternal assocations and clubs, recreational sports and programs and other gatherings not associated with operating or patronizing a business that sells merchandise

Indoor social gatherings of more than 10 people prohibited.

If you are indoors with anyone outside of your household, it is recommended you wear a mask at all times and maintain at least 6 feet minimum distance.

Outdoor Social Gathering Family gatherings, parties, cookouts, parades, festivals, conventions, fundraisers, weddings, social and fraternal assocations and clubs, recreational sports and programs and other gatherings not associated with operating or patronizing a business that sells merchandise

Outdoor social gatherings of more than 25 people prohibited

If you are outdoors with anyone outside of your household, it is recommended you wear a mask and maintain at least 6 feet minimum distance.

Retail Establishments Retail businesses, organizations, establishments and facilities May open to the general public, provided, however, that the total number of persons permitted in a Retail Establishment at any one time shall not exceed 50 percent that Retail Establishment’s Maximum Occupancy
Malls   Shopping centers that have one or more enclosed pedestrian concourses may open to the general public
Personal Services Establishments Beauty salons, barber shops, tattoo parlors, tanning salons, massage parlors and establishments that provide esthetic services or provide nail technician services May provide services on an appointment basis only and not allow the number of persons in the Personal Services Establishment to exceed 50 percent of the Personal Services Establishment’s Maximum Occupancy
Religious Facilities Churches, synagogues, mosques, temples and other similar religious facilities of any faith May open to the general public, provided, however, that the total number of persons permitted in a Religious Facility at any one time shall not exceed 50 percent of that Religious Facility’s Maximum Occupancy
Foodservice Establishments Restaurants, bars, nightclubs, banquet and catering halls, and other similar establishments that sell and/or serve food or beverages for consumption on-premises in, and Social Clubs with dining facilities

Foodservice establishments shall:

Fitness Centers

Fitness centers, health clubs, health spas, gyms, aquatic centers, and self-defense schoools

May open to the general public, provided, however, that the total number of persons permitted in a Fitness Center at any one time shall not exceed 50 percent of that Fitness Center’s Maximum Occupancy
Indoor Recreation Establishments Bingo halls, bowling alleys, pool halls, roller and ice skating rinks, social and fraternal clubs (including without limitation, American Legion posts, VFW posts and Elk Clubs), and the indoor areas of any other establishment that are subject to the admission and amusement tax under Title 4 of the Tax-General Article of the Maryland Code May open to the general public, provided, however, that the total number of persons permitted in an Indoor Recreation Establishment at any one time shall not exceed 50 percent of that Indoor Recreation Establishment’s Maximum Occupancy
Other Recreational Establishments Golf courses and driving ranges, outdoor archery and shooting ranges, marinas and watercraft rental businesses, campgrounds, horse boarding and riding facilities, drive-in movie theaters, outdoor swimming pools, outdoor day camps, ice rinks, tour boats, amusement parks, miniature golf establishments, go-kart tracks, and the outdoor areas of any other establishments that are subject to the admission and amusement tax under Title 4 of the Tax-General Article of the Maryland Code

May open to the general public.

Indoor Theaters Theatres at which live performances occur or motion pictures are shown indoors May open to the general public, provided, however, that the total number of persons permitted in an Indoor Theater at any one time (per individual auditorium or performance stage) shall not exceed the lesser of (a) 50 percent of that Indoor Theater’s Maximum Occupancy, or (b) 100 persons
Outdoor Entertainment Venues Venues at which live performances occur or motion pictures are shown outdoors, and at which entry is limited to ticketed customers May open to the general public, provided, however, that the total number of persons permitted in an Outdoor Entertainment Venue at any one time shall not exceed the lesser of (a) 50 percent of that Outdoor Entertainment Venue’s Maximum Occupancy, or (b) 250 persons
Outdoor Sporting Venues Outdoor venues at which sporting events occur, including, without limitation, major league, professional, minor league, semi-professional, amateur, recreational, motor sports and collegiate sporting events

Per Governor Executive Order 20-11-17-01:

Per County Executive Order 2020-19:

  • Events held at private indoor or outdoor facilities are subject to the following restrictions:
    • Teams and/or players from states other than Maryland may not participate in athletic programs or events
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HoCo RISE - Reopening Innovatively, Safely, and Effectively
What is HoCo Rise?


HoCo RISE is Howard County Executive Calvin Ball’s plan of Reopening Innovatively, Safely, and Effectively within the framework laid out by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan. HoCo RISE uses data to inform decision-making around reopening and, if necessary, when to maintain our restrictions: 

  1. The number of new cases. 
  2. The number of new hospitalizations.
  3. The number of patients admitted to ICU.
  4. The number of tests conducted.
  5. The amount of available PPE. 
  6. Surge capacity at Howard County General Hospital (HCGH). 
  7. HoCo RISE follows the Governor’s guidance on the building blocks for reopening 
To view the complete HoCo RISE framework, please click here.  


Howard County is offering HoCo RISE Business Grants funded through its allocation of the CARES Act. To learn more about how to apply and if you're eligible for a business grant, please click here. To see how Howard County has spent its CARES Act funding, please view our new dashboard here.


HoCo RISE Collaborative

County Executive Ball established the collaborative through Executive Order . The HoCo RISE Collaborative is chaired by former Howard County Executive Ken Ulman, will be supported by the Baltimore Metropolitan Council, and is made up of five independent workgroups that will develop and provide recommendations on the ongoing impacts of COVID-19, including:

  • Jobs and the Economy
  • Education and Workforce Development
  • Public Health Response
  • Family Opportunities
  • Government Response
Outdoor Seating Permits

Restaurants and bars that do not currently have outdoor table service or need to expand existing outdoor table service can apply for a Temporary Use Permit for Outdoor Table Service by visiting: https://accela1.howardcountymd.gov/citizenaccess/


If the proposed outdoor seating is located on private property, businesses may provisionally set up and begin using the outdoor seating; however Howard County may suspend, revoke, or require modifications to the arrangement should conditions that conflict with Howard County guidelines or safe operations arise. If the proposed outdoor seating is located on county property, businesses must wait for their permit to be issued before setting up new seating.

If you are unsure if your situation needs a permit, please read through this flowchart.

HoCo Maps

'HoCo Food Distribution' is a mapping tool that lists the different meal, grocery, and other free food distribution sites around Howard County for those in need. Check out the map here. 

‘HoCo Food Go,’ is a resource which lists and maps different delivery and carryout options for Howard County restaurants. Check out the map here. 

'HoCo Farm Connect' is a resource which lists and maps Howard County farms that are selling produce, dairy, meat and more directly to residents. Check out the map here.

'HoCo Donation Collection' is a tool which lists and maps locations for Howard County residents to drop-off product donations needed during the COVID-19 pandemic.Check out the map here.

Open County Services
Alpha Ridge Landfill

The County's Alpha Ridge Landfill is open at this time; however, certain operations have been suspended in effort to protect the staff and the public. The Landfill should ONLY be used by residents with critical bathroom or kitchen trash disposal needs who do not have curbside collection service (either provided by the County or a private hauler). For more information, click HERE.

County Parks and Recreation Programs All park gates are open. Boat rentals and pavilions remain closed. Residents may access parks from walking trails, but are encouraged to practice social distancing. View the latest program options and status here https://www.howardcountymd.gov/Departments/Recreation-and-Parks
Courts Updated November 25, 2020 – On Monday, November 30, the Circuit Court for Howard County will revert to Phase II in the Judiciary’s reopening plan. The Courthouse will be open to the public subject to building and room capacity limits. The Clerk’s Office will be open to the public for emergency purposes and by appointment. Jury trials will NOT be held until after February 12, 2021. The Court will hear cases remotely and in person, subject to capacity limits in compliance with Orders issued by the Maryland Judiciary, which can be found at: https://mdcourts.gov/coronavirusupdate
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
-313-2455.
Health Department

The Howard County Health Department is open for essential services BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Appointments must be made in advance.  To schedule an appointment call 410-313-6300Many services are still available remotely

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 [Department of Finance] Alternative payment options can be found here for County 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 Full service effective.  Click here for schedule.
Trash and Recycling Curbside collection is running on-schedule. See full updates for Alpha Ridge Landfill.
School Meals Find schedules and the latest announcements here. 
Unemployment

If you're facing unemployment due to coronavirus, please see resources from the State and our Office of Workforce Development.

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