Montgomery County inspectors are cracking down on local businesses that do not comply with Phase 2 re-opening requirements. Two restaurants in Silver Spring were forced to close over the past weekend as a result of not being compliant. Now, county leaders are reminding business owners about the importance of phase re-opening education enforcement.
Society Lounge and The Republic Garden – both located on Georgia Avenue – were closed and had their license temporarily suspended for not maintaining adequate social distancing. Also, one business received a written warning, and a second business received a $500 citation for noncompliance.
County business ambassadors visited more than 1,900 businesses to provide education about the re-opening requirements for the past couple of weeks. Meanwhile, county inspectors began visiting businesses throughout the community this month. County Office of Emergency Management Director Dr. Earl Stoddard says the overall majority of local businesses are compliant with phase re-opening guidelines. He says enforcement only happens in limited circumstances where public guidance is ignored.
Both Dr. Stoddard and County Executive Marc Elrich explain how enforcement is going so far:
🆕 Montgomery County officials are reminding business owners to comply with Phase 2 reopening requirements. Over the weekend, inspectors closed two businesses for violations. Details: https://t.co/ysnRtOAfXw. For more info about reopening requirements: https://t.co/rUGG8afg3b. pic.twitter.com/FxqRmB9Asm
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Montgomery County announced Tuesday it closed two Silver Spring businesses that have violated coronavirus restrictions: the Society Lounge and the Republic Garden, both located on Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring.
Here's a look at signs posted on the doors of the businesses: pic.twitter.com/mTsDvBAOO6
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