Coronavirus Updates and Guidance
Current Prince George's County Guidance and Restrictions ( as of August 8, 2021)
Prince George’s County Reopening Status - Indoor Masks Required
- All residents and visitors age 5 and up will be required to wear masks in all indoor public venues and businesses in Prince George's County, even if they are fully vaccinated
- This includes, but is not limited to, restaurants, gyms, retail stores, entertainment venues, conference centers, and office settings.
- Some exceptions apply, such as:
- When an individual is actively eating or drinking
- Individuals who have a bona fide disability that prevents them from wearing a mask
The City of Bowie publishes a daily COVID update each weekday. It contains the latest data on the outbreak locally and provides updates on the evolving health crisis. Links to past updates are below. Future updates can be received by text or email by registering for Alert Bowie.
Bowie Operating Status - What’s Open and What’s Closed
Facilities - Masks Required in All City Buildings
- Service windows at City Hall for Animal Control, Code Enforcement, Rental Licenses, & water bill payments
- Police Department lobby for obtaining police reports, paying speed cameras, and conducting other Police Department business.
- Parks and playgrounds
- Fitness equipment in parks
- Ballfields for all sports. Permits required for most fields.
- Tennis courts
- Outdoor basketball courts
- Picnic areas open, permits required for pavilions and other permitted areas.
- City-sponsored events are beginning to resume. See events calendar for more details on what's scheduled.
Closed, Canceled, or Suspended
- Everything open. This may change as the health situation evolves.
Other Services & Updates
Bowie Pantry & Emergency Aid Fund: OPEN with changes in operations. Visit the Pantry’s website for more information.
Senior Meals: Homebound meals continue to be delivered to those registered for the county's program. For information, contact the Prince George’s County Department of Aging Senior Nutrition Program at 301-265-8475.
Prince George’s County Public Schools: For the latest PGCPS information, visit www.pgcps.org.
Maryland Energy Assistance Program: The MEAP provides financial assistance with home heating bills, natural gas arrearage assistance, crisis assistance, and furnace repair or replacement. Payments are made to the fuel supplier and utility company on the customer’s behalf. Submit an application here.
Electric Universal Service Program: The EUSP provides bill payment assistance and arrearage assistance for electric customers. Customers who receive EUSP funds are placed on a budget billing plan with their utility company spread out year annual utility bills into even monthly payments to avoid spikes caused by seasonal fluctuations in energy use. Submit an application here.
Electric and Gas Retirement Assistance Programs: Benefits are also available to help pay past due balances on electric and gas utility accounts. Eligible customers receive assistance for a portion of their current electric bills and/or forgiveness of up to $2,000 toward their past due bill. Customers must have a past due bill of $300 or greater to be eligible, and may only receive an arrearage grant once every seven years, with certain exceptions. Submit an application here.
Prince George’s County Memorial Library System: For the latest library information, visit www.pgcmls.info
Prince George’s County Health Department COVID-19 Hotline: 301-883-6627
Maryland Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline: 410-767-6871
How can I protect myself?
- Take everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of germs;
- Wash your hands frequently with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer or soap and water
- Cover your mouth and nose while coughing or sneezing
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- If you are sick, stay home from work or school
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
- Stay home if you are sick. If you suspect for any reason that you may have been exposed to COVID-19, do not go to the hospital, call your primary care physician and they will direct you.
- CDC Guidance on wearing Cloth Face Coverings (updated Dec. 28, 2020)
- Stay home as much as possible. If you need to go out, be sure to wear your mask and maintain six feet social distancing from others.
- Try to use delivery services-- you can get just about anything delivered right to your door. Online shopping is a great way to help the economy. Continue to order food from your local restaurants if possible.
- Find activities that are safe and relaxing. Walk in your neighborhood, play in your yard, plant a garden. Converse with your neighbors over the fence and from a safe distance. This is a great time to meet people we drive past every day.
- Please don’t hoard. This is a scary time, but the stores are restocking daily.
- When You Can be Around Others After You Had or Likely Had COVID-19 (updated Dec. 1, 2020)
- If You are Sick or Caring for Someone (updated Nov. 20, 2020)
- How to Wash Face Coverings (updated Oct. 28, 2020)
What is the Coronavirus?
- There are several common coronaviruses that infect the human and animal population and cause mild to moderate illness, such as the common cold. The coronavirus also caused the Sudden Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).
- The coronavirus that originated in China has been designated COVID-19 and most likely spread from bats at an open-air market to humans. Person-to-person spreading is now occurring across the globe.
- Symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.
- Governor Hogan, PG County Executive Angela Alsobrooks and Bowie Mayor Adams with the City Council have all declared States of Emergency in order to provide a more coordinated statewide response across all levels of government.
- View the latest Situation Summary from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Where can I get more information?
- During an epidemic/ pandemic event, rumors will run wild. When looking for information and updates on the coronavirus, use trust-worthy sites only, do not believe everything you read on social media.