Six weeks after the City of Gaithersburg reopened its facilities making masks optional, City Manager Tanisha Briley announced Monday that masks and physical distancing will once again be required in all city facilities.
According to a news release, the new requirement will apply to all individuals above age two – regardless of vaccination status.
The city’s order follows new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control issued last week.
The city strongly encourages unvaccinated individuals to wear masks outdoors as well if physical distancing cannot be maintained.
This action was taken due to the increasing levels of community transmission of COVID-19 in the area.
City Manager Briley said, “The safety of our staff, residents and visitors is our paramount concern. Masking has proven very effective in reducing the spread of COVID-19. We encourage everyone to get vaccinated, and we will continue to do our part to reduce transmission by requiring indoor masking and physical distancing until it is safe to remove these restrictions.”
The city will continue to provide walk-in services at City Hall, the Activity Center at Bohrer Park, Public Works, and the Police Station. Appointments are recommended, but not required. Physical distancing is required in all spaces. Visitors may be asked to wait outside if areas become crowded. Note that hours and staffing may be limited as many employees continue to telework. Operations at other facilities vary. Status information can be found in the Phased Service Restoration Plan and on individual program and facility pages on the City’s website. Updates are also available on Facebook and Twitter @GburgMD.