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Various Baltimore City agencies have adjusted their service hours and operations to encourage social distancing and limit the spread of COVID-19, Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young announced Monday afternoon.

The city has suspended parking enforcement, scaled back maintenance operations, postponed non-federally funded paving and sidewalk work, and announced other changes to regular services.

“We have taken these measures to protect the health and safety of our City employees and the residents of Baltimore City as we work to continue performing core, essential services,” Young said in a statement.

Service changes include:

  • The Parking Authority of Baltimore remains closed, but people can connect with a staff member via email at or by phone at (443) 573-2800.
  • Parking meters do not require payment.
  • Baltimore Municipal and Zoning Appeals has suspended all hearings in April until further notice and will not be accepting any new appeals.
  • The Mayor’s Office of Employment Development has suspended the operation of its adult and youth service locations. For help with finding employment or other supports, visit for links to resources.
  • The Department of Transportation will scale back its employee workforce to comply with social distancing protocols. On-call crews will focus on emergency and critical issues related to the repair of roadways, signs, lighting, etc.
  • DOT will suspend enforcement of residential permit parking, street cleaning parking, 48-hour parking, abandoned vehicles and peak hour parking violations. Transportation enforcement officers will focus on citing immediate safety and pedestrian issues.
  • Vehicle towing operations will be significantly reduced and will focus on immediate safety issues. The city’s impound facilities at Pulaski Highway and Fallsway remain closed to the public.
  • Traffic calming studies will be postponed.
  • Federal contract work will continue to operate throughout Baltimore City, including work on bridges, buildings and reconstruction/streetscape projects.
  • Paving and sidewalk work (except for federally funded projects) will be postponed.
  • Conduit contractors will reduce their work forces and respond only to critical BGE related repairs.
  • DOT’s Right-of-Way office remains closed to the public and permit requests should be submitted online.

Marcus Dieterle is the managing editor of Baltimore Fishbowl. He returned to Baltimore in 2020 after working as the deputy editor of the Cecil Whig newspaper in Elkton, Md. He can be reached at