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Baltimore County prohibits gatherings of more than 10, releases online food resource map for youth meal sites

To align with Gov. Larry Hogan’s executive order issued Thursday limiting gatherings to no more than 10 people, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewki Jr. announced Thursday he would be imposing the same restrictions on citizen gatherings in the county.

The move allows county law enforcement to break up gatherings of 10 or more people at all county venues and locations.

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Olszewski also announced a new online map to help residents find food distribution sites offered by Baltimore County Public Schools and the Department of Recreation and Parks at eight Police Athletic centers and the Arbutus Community Center.

An online self-identification form for restaurants offering pickup, delivery and carryout services was also released. That data will be added to the BaltCo To-Go Map, which includes a ‘search’ option for residents to find restaurants nearby.

“As we continue to respond to this rapidly evolving situation, we have to make sure our residents can access fundamental necessities — especially food,” Olszewski said in a statement.

The maps are part of the county’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic since Olszewski announced a local state of emergency last week, as government and health officials try to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus illness.

Olszewksi’s administration had already closed the county’s senior and recreation centers and libraries and suspended water shutoffs. He’s also granted a 30-day extension to all county licenses, permits and registrations until after the local state of emergency is lifted and canceled or postponed all “nonessential” public meetings in order to encourage social distancing.

County Health Officer Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch will also adopt new regulatory measures requiring establishments to ensure social distancing and sanitation, according to a news release.

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