Outdoor activities in Baltimore area canceled due to poor air quality

Schools, recreational departments and more have been canceling outdoor events due to poor air quality spurred by winds carrying wildfire smoke from eastern Canada.

Residents are advised to stay indoors as much as possible. If going outside, try to avoid strenuous activity and wear an N95 mask to provide protection from breathing in harmful particles.



Baltimore City Public Schools are keeping students inside with windows closed, according to an email sent to parents. All outdoor activities, including outdoor field trips and recesses, are canceled. The district is also asking all staff and students at non-AC schools to wear masks, which are being provided. They are also providing non-AC schools with extra fans. Students will not be released early.

Baltimore County Public Schools will resume outdoor activities with reduced length and intensity Friday.


Anne Arundel County Public Schools canceled all outdoor activities, including those planned for after school, for Thursday.

Carroll County Public Schools canceled all outdoor and after-school activities Thursday.

Harford County Public Schools have moved all recesses and outdoor activities indoors for the remainder of the week.

Recreation and Parks

Anne Arundel County Recreation and Parks canceled all outdoor activities at county and board of education fields, parks and facilities Thursday. County child care programs are operating normally.

Howard County has canceled all government-sponsored outdoor activities for Thursday.


The Maryland Jockey Club has canceled training in the interests of the health and safety of horses and riders, the club said Thursday on Twitter. “We’ll continue to monitor the air quality over the coming days and will advise on the resumption of training,” the tweet says.

The Cal Ripken Sr. Collegiate Baseball League has postponed all games in the Washington metro area. All games will be made up Tuesday.

The Washington Nationals have rescheduled their 1:05 p.m. game versus the Arizona Diamondbacks. The game is rescheduled for Thursday at the same time.


The Baltimore Ravens are staying indoors for their organized team activities, per a team spokesperson.


The Maryland Zoo will close at noon Thursday.

This story will be updated.

Air Quality Index across the U.S.

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This map shows the AQI for fine particulate matter (PM2.5)

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