Baltimore City Convention Center Updates

Baltimore City Convention Center Update

July 5th, 2020

The Baltimore City Convention Center is currently a COVID-19 testing site for the Baltimore City region, open most Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:00 am-2:00 pm.  No doctor's referral is required. An appointment is preferred, but walk-ins are accepted.  Click here to schedule an appointment at the Baltimore Convention Center. 

 

March, 26, 2020

As it has been reported through local and national news outlets, the Baltimore Convention Center has been designated as an “alternative care” facility and field hospital by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, becoming an important part of the State’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Baltimore Convention Center stands ready to support the City and State as our region works in unison to serve our citizens during this unprecedented event. To prepare our facility for this undertaking, the Maryland National Guard will transform 123,000 square feet of exhibit space inside of halls F & G into a field hospital with 250 medical beds delivered by FEMA. This alternative care facility will operate under the direction of the University of Maryland Medical System and Johns Hopkins.  We anticipate that our facility will serve to free up hospitals to care for the more serious and critical patients.

 

In support of field hospital operations, Baltimore Convention Center workers, including employees of our business partners previously displaced, will return to provide food service, telecommunications, utilities, and other services needed for the care of patients and to support the needs of care workers. These essential employees will be following social distancing and food handling guidance as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control, and the Baltimore City Health Department.

 

In the midst of this crisis, we have not lost sight of the needs of our clients. In collaboration with Visit Baltimore, we are actively working with all customers, according to event timing, to ensure we are meeting all contractual obligations. We are prioritizing the rescheduling of events for future dates where possible. With regard to the very fluid nature of this crisis, it is important to note that the Baltimore Convention Center is still mandated under the State of Emergency and Catastrophic Health Emergency Activation. Until this decree from Governor Hogan has been rescinded, the facility will remain closed to the public.

We are facing an unprecedented, global emergency and are doing everything within our power to act in the best interest of all involved including the citizens of Baltimore who are in need of our help, our clients, business and industry partners, and employees. While information and logistical planning are still in motion, we are doing our utmost to be a resource for all partners. For the most current information, visit https://www.bccenter.org/p/about/novel-coronavirus-baltimore-convention-center-statement