Today is Thursday, March 19 and here are five things to be aware of in Montgomery County.
1. It’s The First Day of Spring: Despite the stress and anxiety caused by the coronavirus outbreak, there’s still a reason to smile . Spring has arrived earlier this year making it the earliest in more than 100 years according to The Farmers’ Almanac. Check out the cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin or the Kenwood neighborhood in Bethesda.
2. Exclusive Shopping Hours: In an effort to accommodate vulnerable residents during the COVID-19 pandemic, Whole Foods and Target are adjusting their hours of operation. All Whole Foods Markets nationwide will service customers who are 60 and older one hour before opening to the general public. Target will also be designating time for elderly shoppers. Click here for more information.
— Whole Foods Market (@WholeFoods) March 18, 2020
We’re so proud of our Target teams working to keep stores open for guests during this challenging time. Read about our latest efforts, including new reduced store hours to add time for cleaning & restocking, & dedicated shopping time for vulnerable guests: https://t.co/8sAyrJ9e56
— Target (@Target) March 17, 2020
3. It’s National Let’s Laugh Day: This is a chance to brighten the mood and celebrate the uniting force of laughter. Calling all gigglers, cacklers, chortlers, and belly laughers to click here and learn more.
4. Maryland Primary Postponed: Governor Larry Hogan announced that the April 28 Maryland primary election is postponed until June 2 because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Governor Hogan issued a proclamation moving the presidential primary election to Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Social distancing is highly encouraged. Submit your Vote by Mail (Absentee) Ballot request.#YourHealthYourVoiceYourVote2020 pic.twitter.com/jTn1CNl7N2
— MontgomeryMDVotes (@777Vote) March 18, 2020
5. Enjoy Fresh Air: Montgomery County Parks facilities may be closed, but outdoor areas in the parks and on trails are still available. Get some fresh air as we practice social distancing.
We know you love our urban trails.
To reduce trail traffic and help practice social distancing, consider exploring other trails, like Blockhouse Point Conservation Park and Little Bennett Regional Park.
— Montgomery Parks (@MontgomeryParks) March 18, 2020
UPDATE (Tuesday, March 17)
*Outdoor areas in parks and on trails are open. Explore new ones. Check them out on our website: https://t.co/V4ppnvwgq5.
*While outdoors, keep a safe distance between you and others.
*Finally, a reminder that our facilities remained closed. pic.twitter.com/Il0LTbYTkJ
— Montgomery Parks (@MontgomeryParks) March 17, 2020