Closures & Limited Hours
of Operation

This page provides updates on known closures and changes to hours of operation for County government, Towns, other government agencies, non-profits & community services, schools, and businesses. If a specific entity is not listed, we are currently unaware of changes in their operations. If you would like to report a closure or change in operations, it must come directly from the organization via email to covid19@carolinemd.org.

General / All Public Gatherings

By order of the Governor

Governor Hogan announced May 15, 2020 that Maryland will begin the first phase of reopening the State The Stay-at-Home order has been replaced with a “Safer at Home” advisory.

 

Retail stores and some personal services will reopen with limits on capacity and strong safety precautions.

 

Houses of Worship can resume services with safety measures; outdoor services are strongly encouraged.

 

Continue to practice physical distancing and wear masks in all public areas.

Businesses

By order of the Governor

By order of the Governor, all restaurants, bars, fitness centers, and theaters are closed. Food takeout, drive-through, and delivery service is allowed. Please see the Executive Order for additional details.

All enclosed malls and shopping centers are closed (Caroline County doesn't have any buildings that fit this definition. 

Bingo halls, roller and ice skating rinks, pool halls, bowling alleys, and amusement parks are closed.

NURSING HOMES, ASSISTED LIVING & LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES

Per Maryland Department of Health guidelines, all long-term care facilities are closed for visitors. Facilities are open for essential visits only. All individuals entering long-term care facilities should be screened and will be denied entry if exhibiting respiratory symptoms or have possible exposure to COVID-19. Individual facilities are establishing processes to allow for remote communication with residents.

 

Caroline County Government

By order of the County Commissioners

EMERGENCY SERVICES

The main office, 911 Center, and EMS stations are closed to the general public and visitors are strictly prohibited in all DES locations. Eligible employees are required to telework where possible. Staff and vendors, including allied agency staff, needing entry to any departmental location may be subject to screening for symptoms of COVID-19 and may be denied entry. 

CORRECTIONS

All visitation is suspended until the statewide declaration of emergency is lifted by the Governor. All programs, classes, and worship services are cancelled until the statewide declaration of emergency is lifted by the Governor. Eligible employees are required to telework where possible. Staff, vendors, and law enforcement officers may be subject to screening for symptoms of COVID-19 and may be denied entry.

ALL OTHER DEPARTMENTS (County Commissioners Office, Planning & Codes, Tax Office, Finance Office, Human Resources, Economic Development, Information Technology, Office of Law, Recreation & Parks, Public Works, Purchasing & Procurement)

Effective Thursday, March 19th, all County departments and buildings will be closed to the public. Employees are expected to telework where possible, unless assigned to the Emergency Operations Center (EOC). Regular operations remain in effect through March 19th.

 

Town Governments

By order of individual towns' governing bodies

TOWN OF DENTON

The Town Office lobby is closed until further notice. Please use the drive through window or drop box (located on the 2nd Street side of the building, to the left of the entry door) to pay bills. Call-in appointments may be made to meet with various departments. Visit the Town's website for phone numbers and additional details.

TOWN OF FEDERALSBURG

Operating with normal office hours but closed to the public. All public business will be conducted by phone (410-754-8173) or email. All payments must be made by mail or in the secure drop box located at Town Hall. Updates on meetings will be posted on the Town of Federalsburg Facebook page.

TOWN OF GOLDSBORO

Office is closed to the public. Please contact office staff by phone, 410-482-8805, or email clerk@goldsboromd.com.

TOWN OF GREENSBORO

Operating with normal office hours but closed to the public. All public business will be conducted by phone or email. All payments must be made by mail, phone (credit card), or in the secure drop box located at Town Hall. Credit card fees will be waived while this policy is in effect.

TOWN OF PRESTON

Offices are closed to the public. Some staff will be working remotely; the Town Manager can be reached at prestonmanager@comcast.net  or leave a message at 410-673-7929.

TOWN OF RIDGELY

Operating with normal office hours (Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) but closed to the public. All public business will be conducted by phone (410.634.2177). All payments and permit applications must be made online or in the secure drop box located in front of the Town Office. Additional information: English | Espanol

 

State Government Departments & Agencies

By order of the Governor

HEALTH DEPARTMENT

The building is closed to the public, but it is open to Behavioral Health clients who have an appointment or emergency. There is a buzzer out front they should ring. Other departments are conducting business by phone. Many forms are available online and can be printed or emailed. Visit the Caroline Health Department website for contact info for each division.

CAROLINE COUNTY DISTRICT COURT

Caroline County District Court is operating under regular hours, Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, but is closed to the public from March 16 through June 5th.  The Court is only conducting emergency hearings, such as bail reviews, at this time.  A drop box has been provided at the building’s entrance for District Court payments and paper filings.

CLERK'S OFFICE

Office is closed to the public until June 5, 2020. The office is staffed. All electronic filings and mailings can be dropped off at the front door of the courthouse. All jury trials and court proceedings are canceled until April 3, 2020. Court will still hear urgent matters including CINA, bail reviews, juvenile detention, domestic violence petitions, etc.

MOTOR VEHICLE ADMINISTRATION (MVA)

All branches are closed until further notice. Online services and 24/7 kiosks are still available.

REGISTER OF WILLS

Closed to the public until further notice. All staff is expected to report to the office as usual.

STATE'S ATTORNEY'S OFFICE

The Office of the State’s Attorney for Caroline County is located in the Circuit Court Building which is closed to the public currently. Hours of operation 8:30-4:30 M-F. Someone should be in the office to answer any calls.

 

Non-Profits & Community Services

CAROLINE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY

All library locations are closed through May 18, 2020, in cooperation with State and County efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19. For updates and  information on how to access e-books, streaming movies, and other electronic resources, go to www.carolib.org or the Library’s Facebook page.

CAROLINE SENIOR CENTER

Closed to the public until further notice. Staff is to report to the office as usual.

DELMARVA COMMUNITY TRANSIT (DCT)

Beginning Monday, March 23rd, until the MD State of Emergency is ended, the following changes will be in effect for Caroline County Delmarva Community Transit (DCT) bus routes:

 

The 2nd, 4th, 6th and 7th laps on Route 5 are temporarily cancelled. All other routes remain intact.  

  • All riders will be asked four screening questions provided by the CDC before boarding any DCT vehicle.

  • Anyone who answers yes to any of the questions will not be able to board.

  • Riders are asked to use hand sanitizer on their hands upon boarding and if they don’t have any the drivers can provide while supplies last.

  • DCT is strongly suggesting riders sit one person per two-person seat row.

  • Extra buses will be provided on routes where one bus is usually filled to capacity.

  • All buses are completely sanitized daily.

Riders needing trips at other times are encouraged to call their local dispatch offices and individual transport may be a possibility.

MID-SHORE WIC OFFICE

The program is still in operation, although offices are closed. Participants can call the regular office number (410.479.8060). Staff is checking messages hourly during business hours. 

SAINT MARTIN'S MINISTRIES SHELTER & BARN

Staffing and transportation services are limited. Food distribution remains open and will be provided to clients in their cars. Clients may call for extra food and to make appointments if needed. The thrift store is closed to the public. Requests for donated clothes and household items will be handled on an individual basis. Call 410-634-2537 for additional information.

 

 

SAMARITAN HOUSE (DENTON)

Closed for two weeks effective March 14, 2020. Will be open Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for food box pickups for clients signed up for the food box program.

 

Schools

CAROLINE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

By order of the State Superintendent, all public schools are closed until the end of the school year. All school-related events, including sports, clubs, and field trips, are cancelled. Neighborhood deliveries of free meals will be made for students age 18 and under. Visit the CCPS COVID-19 Information Page for the latest updates.

CHESAPEAKE COLLEGE

Spring Break will be extended through March 27th for STUDENTS ONLY. Classes, including the start of our Spring Accelerated courses, are scheduled to resume on March 30, 2020. Starting March 30th, only courses which can be delivered remotely with the aid of technology will continue through the end of the spring semester. Face-to-face, lab, and hands-on instruction have ceased. Please continue to monitor your email for additional information. Students will be contacted by their instructors directly about how their classes will proceed, where applicable. Please visit Chesapeake College's website for additional information, including specific building closures, student services, events, etc.

 

SIGN UP FOR EMERGENCY ALERTS

Caroline County uses the CodeRED alert system to notify residents in emergency situations. We encourage ALL residents to sign up. However, it is particularly important if you only use a cell phone. By signing up, you grant permission to Caroline County government and its allied agencies to contact you via email, text, or voice call in the event of an emergency.