Frederick Declares State Of Emergency To Slow Coronavirus Spread

Public access to city buildings and facilities will be restricted.



Frederick, Md (KM) Following the Governor’s actions on Thursday to slow the spread of the coronavirus, the City of Frederick has declared a State of Emergency.

Officials say as a result, the Talley Recreation Center and its satellite facilities will be closed, and all classes and programs will be suspended. Parks and city-owned fields will remain open, but residents are encouraged to follow the Governor’s executive order prohibiting gatherings of more than 250 people.

The Weinberg Center will also be closed.

Access to City facilities such as City Hall will restricted to those with appointments only; residents are urged to call ahead to make appointments.

Mayor and Board of Aldermen meetings will continue, but without in-person citizen comment due to reduced public access. The City says details will be provided on how citizens can make comments remotely. Also, Representatives needed for necessary testimony on specific items will be allowed to attend meetings in person.

Quasi-judicial public meetings and workshops, including the Board of Zoning Appeals and the Historic Preservation Commission, will take place as scheduled. In-person public comment and representatives needed for necessary testimony will be allowed to inside City Hall.

All other city board and commission meetings will be canceled, along with NAC meetings,  and Comprehensive Plan special workshops.

Due dates for City bills, permits, licenses an citations will be extended to 30 days¬† after the City’s State of Emergency is lifted.

The Frederick Community Action Agency will continue to operate its health center, food bank and soup kitchen.


By Kevin MCManus