County Executive Pittman Orders County Buildings to Close to Public
Annapolis, Md. (March 18, 2020) In consultation with the Anne Arundel Department of Health, Anne Arundel County Executive Pittman directed most county buildings to close to the public at the end of business today, 3/18/20, to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. County buildings will remain open to county employees only until further notice.
County government remains open and critical county government functions and responsibilities will continue. State offices in county buildings are also closed, including the Department of Social Services. The Health Department’s buildings will be closed, however specific services will be provided by appointment. For information, visit www.aahealth.org. Police and fire stations will remain open to the public for emergencies. County parks will remain free and open to the public. County recycling centers and the Millersville landfill will remain open and regular trash and recycling schedules remain unchanged.
“Protecting the health of our residents and preventing the spread of the coronavirus is our top priority,” said County Executive Pittman. “We are taking this action to keep people safe. Residents may stay up to date on our response to this public health crisis by visiting https://www.aacounty.org/coronavirus/”
The Arundel Center in Annapolis will open to the public briefly on Friday, March 20 to accommodate the 9:30 a.m. emergency County Council meeting. Measures are being taken to assure social distancing protocols are followed for any members of the public who attend. The meeting will be broadcast live, and the public is encouraged to submit written testimony in advance of the meeting, rather than attend in person. The only item on the agenda is an ordinance to extend the county’s proclamation of civil emergency, which is set to expire on Friday. Information on Friday’s Council meeting may be found on the County Council website, https://www.aacounty.org/departments/county-council/
County Executive Pittman also announced today that the county Emergency Operations Center is now partially activated. All county agencies are working together under the unified command of Acting Chief Tim Mikules. A Joint Information Center has been established to coordinate resources, provide updates and streamline public messaging.
For up-to-date fact sheets and information about COVID-19, visit www.aahealth.org/coronavirus and the CDC website: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov. For general questions about the disease, residents are encouraged to call 2-1-1. For COVID health-related questions, call 410-222-7256. For non-health related questions, call 410-222-0600. Individuals concerned about medical information should call their healthcare provider.