Coronavirus Updates and Guidance
Current Prince George's County Restrictions
The City will continue to monitor the state of the pandemic locally and track key metrics Key metrics are posted to www.cityofbowie.org/covidmetrics each weekday afternoon.
For the first 15+ months of the pandemic, the City of Bowie published a Daily COVID Update to keep residents and other stakeholders informed about the rapidly changing state of the pandemic. Updates are now included, as needed, in the Bowie Brief, which is distributed weekly via Alert Bowie.
Bowie Operating Status
Masks are no longer required in City of Bowie facilities as of February 28, 2022
All city facilities are open.
In-person events sponsored by the City events have resumed. See events calendar for more details on what's scheduled.
Some committee meetings continue to held virtually or to have a virtual option for the meetings. Check the meetings calendar or contact the Staff Liaison to the committee for information about specific committees.
Council Meetings are OPEN to the public. Residents may view meetings on YoutTube or on the City website at www.cityofbowie.org/viewmeetings or on Verizon channel 10 or Comcast channel 71 and 996.
Residents can testify in person at Council meetings or submit written testimony/comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments received via email are not read at the meeting, but are shared with councilmembers and do become part of the public record for the meeting.
Other Services & Updates
Bowie Pantry & Emergency Aid Fund: OPEN. 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
How can I protect myself?
- Take everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of germs;
- Wash your hands frequently with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer or soap and water
- Cover your mouth and nose while coughing or sneezing
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- If you are sick, stay home from work or school
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
- Stay home if you are sick. If you suspect for any reason that you may have been exposed to COVID-19, do not go to the hospital, call your primary care physician and they will direct you.
- CDC Guidance on wearing Cloth Face Coverings (updated Aug. 12, 2021)
- When You Can be Around Others After You Had or Likely Had COVID-19 (updated Oct. 19, 2021)
- If You are Sick or Caring for Someone (updated Nov. 20, 2020)
- How to Wash Face Coverings (updated Oct. 25, 2021)
What is the Coronavirus?
- There are several common coronaviruses that infect the human and animal population and cause mild to moderate illness, such as the common cold. The coronavirus also caused the Sudden Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).
- The coronavirus that originated in China has been designated COVID-19 and most likely spread from bats at an open-air market to humans. Person-to-person spreading is now occurring across the globe.
- Symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.
- Governor Hogan, PG County Executive Angela Alsobrooks and Bowie Mayor Adams with the City Council have all declared States of Emergency in order to provide a more coordinated statewide response across all levels of government.
- View the latest Situation Summary from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Where can I get more information?
- During an epidemic/ pandemic event, rumors will run wild. When looking for information and updates on the coronavirus, use trust-worthy sites only, do not believe everything you read on social media.