University of Maryland Extension

COVID-19 Update from UME

As the community outreach arm of the University of Maryland, we have been serving Maryland’s neighborhoods and residents for over 100 years, and despite the recent changes, Extension remains committed to keeping our state strong and healthy. 

As Maryland begins its implementation plan for returning to offices and research facilities, University of Maryland Extension personnel will be following the university, state and county guidelines to protect our most valuable resource -- the people and communities we work with throughout Maryland. 

Currently, teleworking guidelines are still in place till July 20, 2020. UME employees will only return to their offices if county/city government is open. Administration is regularly assessing the situation to ensure the health and safety of all employees. 

For the safety of our colleagues and clients, county personnel will follow university, state and county specific protocols to include wearing masks, symptom monitoring, and social distancing within office areas as well. For the safety of everyone, clients will be required to make appointments to meet with Extension faculty and staff.

Master Gardener and 4-H programming is cancelled through July 31, 2020. UME will begin to hold limited in-person programming of groups up to 10 people, including the Extension faculty member, in outdoor venues, while wearing masks and maintaining appropriate social distancing. 

We are still available for assistance throughout this time and you may contact us by phone or email, and we are continuing programming through online and virtual formats. A full list of events can be found at

We recommend that you reach out to your county office directly for more information on local reopenings. Find your county office at

For more information on University of Maryland health and safety guidelines regarding coronavirus, go to Find news and information on University of Maryland Extension public programming at

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