Baltimore COVID-19 FAQs

Resources en Espanol:

What are the state websites I should bookmark?

What do I do if I think I am sick?
Stay calm and follow these guidelines from the CDC: CDC Guidelines
Call your primary care physician! Your doctor can help you find more information and appropriate next steps

Where can I get food?

  • Children: Whether your children rely on school to receive meals or your kitchen is purely for show and you have no idea how to cook……you can find where meals are being distributed to students here:
  • Rec Centers: 40 of the City’s 44 Rec Centers are offering afternoon snacks and dinner foods. Visit
  • Seniors: Visit the Rec Centers or check out these resources for more information –

Where can I buy groceries at stores with less crowds?

  • GIANT: Seniors may shop from 6am-7am
  • Dollar General: Seniors may shop during first hour of each day
  • Target: Seniors may shop an hour before stores open on Wednesdays
  • Whole Foods: Seniors may shop an hour before opening
  • Safeway: Seniors may shop 6am-9am on Tuesdays and Thursdays

What grocery stores will deliver to my home?

  • GIANT: PeaPod, 1800-573-2763
  • Safeway:
  • Eddie’s Roland Park: 410-889-1558
  • ShopRite:
  • Chesapeake Farm to Table:  443-841-2327

I’m a small business owner – how can I get a loan or assistance? Small businesses in Baltimore City are eligible to apply for funding through the federal Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program. Small businesses and private non-profit organizations can apply directly to the SBA for financial assistance here:

Comptroller’s Office: Check out tax information here.

What services are open in Baltimore City? Updates on Baltimore City Government Operations are available via the link below:

Where can I find more information about my child’s public school? Baltimore City Public Schools COVID-19 Information Portal:

I have a condition that makes me vulnerable but I am afraid if I do not go to work I will lose my job!
Governor Larry Hogan signed HB1663/SB1080, the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Protection Act of 2020, which supports the governor’s ongoing actions to combat COVID-19 and protects Marylanders from certain economic hardships that may result from this pandemic.

What do I do if I do not have health insurance?
●      It is the goal of Maryland Health Connection to offer affordable ACA-compliant insurance coverage to uninsured Marylanders. The coronavirus emergency special enrollment period will begin Monday, March 16, and end Wednesday, April 15. Coverage will begin April 1, 2020, regardless of when a health plan is selected during that time period.
●      To enroll, individuals can visit MD Health Connection or download the free “Enroll MHC” mobile app. When enrolling, consumers should request or select “Coronavirus Emergency Special Enrollment Period.”
Free consumer assistance is available by calling 855-642-8572 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Deaf and hard of hearing may use Relay. Help is available in more than 200 languages

I own a small business and am concerned about how I am going to survive this pandemic!
The entire state of Maryland has received a Disaster Declaration for Economic Injury. Small businesses may apply for economic injury disaster loans here: Small Business Administration

I can not even start to think about taxes at a time like this!
Earlier this week the Federal Administration moved the payment deadline for federal taxes to July 15th. There is no need to file for an extension, you can pay up to and on July 15th without interest or penalties. In addition, Maryland business and individual income taxpayers will be given a 90-day extension for tax payments. No interest or penalty for late payments will be imposed if 2019 tax payments are made by July 15, 2020. Press Release more information, or reach out to tax payer relief e-mail with questions.

Hundreds of City residents have applied for unemployment insurance. For displaced workers, check out these resources:

I don’t drive. Is Mass Transit still available?
The best policy for everyone is to stay put as much as possible. That being said, if you have an emergency and absolutely must get somewhere, you can find the most up to date information on transit here: mass transit