COVID-19 Information

What is 2019 novel coronavirus COVID-19?

  • The 2019 novel coronavirus is a new virus that causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person-to-person. The disease has been named COVID-19.
  • This new virus is part of a family of viruses that can affect humans and animals. They are called coronaviruses because they are shaped like crowns.

The virus is thought to spread mainly:

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet)
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes
  • It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.


Town Departments and Services

View the entire press release from Mayor Shaw here.  

"The Town of Sykesville will remain open and continue to provide essential resident services for our community.  While some possible disruptions of services may be possible due to the evolving nature of this situation, we are not expecting significant changes to existing services at this time."

Police Department:

The Police Department remains open.  We ask that residents and visitors call 410-795-0757 for general, non-emergency questions and to request reports.  At this time, we are no longer singing off on SEROs.  The Courts and MVA are closed, so any SEROs will be given an extension on the due date.  In addition, the lobby of the Police Department is closed until further notice.  Unused medications are no longer accepted for drop off until the lobby is reopened.

 For emergencies, please call 9-1-1.

Trash and Recycling:

Pickup remains unchanged at this time.

Town House:

Town House staff that are able are working from home during this time.  Slight delays may occur as staff works to continue essential services.  Please try to conduct all business via email, telephone, or mail.  A drop box is in place outside of the front door of the Town House; please utilize this or send via mail any bills, payments, bids, or other documents.  Visitors will be accepted with appointment only.

Town Council, Committee, and Commission Meetings:

All Town Council, Committee, and Commission Meetings are cancelled through March 31.  The April 6 Planning Commission Meeting has also been cancelled.

Old Main Line Visitors’ Center and Post Office:

For the safety of our staff and customers, the Old Main Line Visitors’ Center and Post Office is closed for further notice.  All Tower Room rentals during the State of Emergency have been cancelled.  All mail should be taken to the Eldersburg Post Office on Progress Way.

Town Parks:


All playgrounds are closed until further notice.  The open areas of the parks (with the exception of South Branch Park) remain open to running, jogging, biking, and other individual activities. While visiting please continue practicing safe hand washing before and after visiting the park and follow the recommended social distancing guideline (6-feet). There will be no pavilion rentals until further notice. If you have a pavilion rental it will be refunded.

South Branch Park is CLOSED until further notice.  This includes the playground, skate park, and pavilion. 

Gate House Museum:

The Gate House Museum is closed until further notice.


Effective March 30, 2020, Governor Hogan issued a Stay-At-Home Order.  You can read the full order here.

Carroll County Health Department:

Maryland Department of Health: 

Governor Larry Hogan: 

Small Business Administration:

MD Department of Aging Senior Call Check:

Maryland Unites: