Coronavirus Updates and Guidance

  1. COVID-19 Update for April 14

    Federal govt says pause of Johnson & Johnson vaccine won’t slow down vaccine rate of 3 million per day. Both the state and county positivity rates are over 6% today. Case #s for 4/14: Bowie: 1532 (+30) PG: 80,598 (+228) MD: 430,351 (+1,552). Read the full April 14 update for details.
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Current Prince George's County Guidance and Restrictions  as of March 11, 2021

Prince George’s County Reopening Status

Under the County’s updated Phase 2 guidelines, businesses and other establishments current capacity limits are: 

  • Indoor gatherings are limited to a maximum of 20 persons and outdoor gatherings are limited to a maximum of 50 persons.
  • Restaurants: Indoor and outdoor dining is allowed at 50% of maximum capacity. Restaurants must ensure social distancing and mask-wearing is observed.
  • Theaters: Open at 50% of maximum capacity.
  • Gyms/Fitness Centers: Open at 50% of maximum capacity. Face coverings must be worn over the nose and mouth when working out.
  • Banquet Halls, Receptions & Meeting Rooms: Open at 50% of maximum capacity, applicable to the specific room where the event will be held.
  • Houses of Worship: Indoor services are authorized up to 50% of maximum capacity, with social distancing requirements in place. Outdoor services are allowed up to 50% maximum capacity of the outdoor area, with social distancing and access to hand washing or hand sanitizers in place. Masks must be worn.
  • Personal Services: Open up to 50% of maximum capacity. These establishments must operate by appointment only.
  • Retail: Open up to 50% of maximum capacity.

Businesses and other establishments must continue following all other safety guidelines, including the enforcement of wearing masks and social distancing. A full list of updated guidelines, as well as a copy of the Executive Order, is available at mypgc.us/reopen.

About Face Coverings:

  • The County Face Covering Order remains in place.
  • Masks must be worn by those age give and up whenever they leave home. 
  • The order applies both indoors and outdoors. The only exception is that masks need not be worn outdoors during rigorous exercise.
  • Masks must cover the nose and mouth.

Per PG County Executive Order 8-2021 and shall remain effect until April 2nd, 2021.


Resources

  1. Bowie Updates
  2. Prevention
  3. Background


Bowie Updates

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.

Most recent update | Previous updates from the City of Bowie | Public Health Declaration issued by the City.

Bowie Operating Status - What’s Open and What’s Closed

Facilities

Open Now*

  • 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 youth sports and low contact sports (maximum 10 per field). Practices only; no competitions. 
  • Tennis courts
  • Outdoor basketball courts
  • City Gymnasium open with restrictions. (no basketball)
  • Permits required for ballfields. Residents only.
  • Picnic permits required for pavilions and other permitted areas (max 50). Residents only.
  • Ice Arena open with restrictions. 

(*) Please note: Capacity and other limitations are in effect, per the Prince George’s County Executive Order in effect December 16, at 5 p.m. This information is subject to change. Call 301-262-6200 for details and updated information.

Still Closed, Canceled, or Suspended

  • Historic Properties and the Senior Center
  • Conference room reservations 
  • Concerts at Allen Pond Park
  • In-person City events
  • In-person meetings (City Council, committees, stakeholder, and town hall meetings are all being conducted virtually.)

Bowie Services

Curbside collections: Collection of bulk and large metal items have returned to the way they were done prior to the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Bulk items are large items that cannot fit in a trashcan or bag such as sofas, mattresses, tables, etc.
  • Bulk items may be set next to your trash can or bag on your regular trash collection days.
  • Large metal items - metal furniture, appliances, grills (no tanks) - will be collected on Wednesdays by appointment only. Call 301-809-2344 or visit www.cityofbowie.org/servicerequest to schedule an appointment.
  • Small metal items that can fit in a trashcan, should be disposed of in that way.

Council Meetings: CLOSED to the public. Residents may view meetings online at www.cityofbowie.org/viewmeetings or on Verizon channel 10 or Comcast channel 71 and 996. Those wishing to submit testimony for public hearings, or comments for the Citizen Participation portion of an upcoming Council meeting, can email written testimony/comments to cityclerk@cityofbowie.org. Or, mail the comments to City Hall. For more information, contact the City Clerk at 301-809-3029 or ahernandez@cityofbowie.org.

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 will 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: The school year began with distance learning. For the latest PGCPS information, visit www.pgcps.org

School Children Meals:  View the full list of meal distribution locations on the PGCPS website.

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: Will gradually resume in-person services. 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