Maryland makes $16 million available to prevent evictions as critics call for more

Maryland jurisdictions can begin applying for $16 million in grants aimed at preventing evictions amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The $16 million is the second round of funding that the state has distributed as part of a $20 million eviction prevention program — an amount that critics say is far too small to cover the need across Maryland. (Delmarva)

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Facing ‘fiscal cliff,’ Metro proposes closing early, running fewer trains

Metro is proposing closing two hours early most weeknights, running trains less frequently during regular rush hours and requiring riders to start paying bus fares again as part of a plan to close a more than $200 million budget gap caused by the coronavirus pandemic. In budget documents set to be discussed Thursday by the Metro Board, the transit system said ridership has failed to bounce back from pandemic-related changes as initially expected, with most schools in the area providing virtual classes and many employees continuing to telework. (WTOP)

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Baltimore County Circuit Court adding sneeze guards, bullet-resistant barriers

Baltimore County Circuit Court has installed plastic barrier shields throughout the building to help keep people protected during the coronavirus pandemic. The circuit court purchased 50 sneeze guards for installation in courtrooms and other spaces where people will be in contact, according to county documents. The court acted without approval from Baltimore County Council due to the “emergency nature of the situation,” documents show. (Balt Sun)

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Maryland named among top states to work in during the pandemic

A recent report by Oxfam ranked Maryland among the best U.S. states to work in during the Covid-19 pandemic. The report measured unemployment support, worker protections and health care. The data was based on policies and laws that went into effect between Feb. 15 and July 1. (Balt Bus Journal)

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Maryland added to New York travel advisory list

Maryland again has been added to New York’s coronavirus travel advisory, the state announced Tuesday. As a result, anyone arriving in New York from Maryland will be required to quarantine for 14 days. New York says it’s list is based on a seven-day rolling average of positive tests in excess of 10% or the number of positive cases surpassing 10 cases for every 100,000 residents. (WTOP)

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Montgomery County on track to allow alcohol in some public parks

A new directive would allow for alcohol consumption in some Montgomery County, Maryland, public parks. The county is looking to expand its “Picnic in the Park” initiative, which took effect in August. The program encourages park-goers to support and order from nearby restaurants during the pandemic. (WTOP)

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Federal funding allows Howard County school system’s free meals program to continue through end of 2020

Once the coronavirus pandemic closed schools in March, school systems across the state instituted free meals programs for its students. While free meals in Howard County were previously distributed to children in families who applied and qualified for assistance, the program during the pandemic has been free for all students in the county. (Balt Sun)

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Maryland would have to divert money from other projects if Purple Line builders quit, state transit chief tells court

The Maryland Transit Administration would have to divert funding from MARC commuter rail and other state transit services to complete the Purple Line if the construction contractor is allowed to quit over cost disputes, the agency’s chief testified Tuesday. The 16-mile light-rail line connecting Montgomery and Prince George’s counties also would be delayed by at least a year and perhaps two if the state has to take it over or find a new concessionaire, officials said. (Wash Post)


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