Coronavirus Updates and Guidance

  1. Drive Through Distribution of COVID Test Kits Jan 28 & 29 at Senior Center

    Free COVID-19 home test kits will be distributed to city residents on Jan. 28 & 29, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Senior Center. 1,000 kits will distributed each day. One test box per household (contains 2 test kits). Proof of residency required. Read on...
  2. Drive Through Distribution of COVID Test Kits Jan 28 at Senior Center

    Free COVID-19 test kits will be distributed to city residents Jan. 28, starting at 9 a.m. at the Senior Center. 1,000 kits will distributed. One test box per household (contains 2 test kits). Proof of residency required. Jan 29 event canceled due to snow. Read on...
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Current Prince George's County Guidance and Restrictions ( as of January 18, 2022)

Prince George’s County Reopening Status

  • Effective December 29, 2021, the Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation closed most of its facilities, due to the surge in cases, reducing park maintenance operations and canceling public events and programs. 

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Masks 

  • All residents and visitors age 2 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 

This order shall stay in effect through March 9, 2022 at 5 p.m. unless amended by the County Executive. 

Prince George's County Mask Mandate

Resources

  1. Bowie Updates
  2. Prevention
  3. Background

Bowie Updates

Daily COVID updates stopped on November 19, 2021 after being published for more than 400 days since the pandemic began in spring of 2020,

The City will continue to monitor the state of the pandemic locally and track key metrics but will no longer push out these updates via Alert Bowie and social media. Key metrics will be posted to www.cityofbowie.org/covidmetrics each weekday afternoon.

 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  - Masks Required in All City Buildings 

Open

  • Senior Center with proof of being fully vaccinated (Pfizer and Moderna - 2 shots/Johnson & Johnson - 1 shot)
  • City Gymnasium and Ice Arena
  • Historic Properties 
  • Service windows at City Hall for Animal Control, Code Enforcement, Rental Licenses, & water bill payments
  • Police Department lobby for obtaining police reports, paying speed camera tickets, 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. 
  • Conference room reservations 
  • Some in-person meetings (committee, stakeholder, and town hall meetings are all being conducted virtually.)
  • Council Meetings: OPEN 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 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