Montgomery County Libraries, Parks, Recreation Facilities to Close Monday

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich announced at a coronavirus press conference Thursday that starting March 16 all libraries, recreation centers, aquatic facilities, and park and planning facilities will be closed. Also on March 16, Montgomery County is moving to a telework schedule for all its employees.

The announcement comes hours after Gov. Larry Hogan announced that all public schools will be closed March 16 through March 27 after a coronavirus patient in Prince George’s County was confirmed to have COVID-19, despite having no travel history. So the case meant the outbreak was entering a new phase since the virus was being spread in the community.

Like Maryland Public Schools, the aforementioned county facilities will stay closed through March 27. Per state recommendations, all senior centers in the counties will close starting Friday. They will remain closed indefinitely.

Elrich said moves are aimed at limiting large social gatherings and allowing community members to engage in social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As of Wednesday evening, Hogan confirmed six of the 12 coronavirus patients in Maryland are from Montgomery County.

Elrich called the press conference to say county officials are taking all precautions to be “ready for the worst.” He also said the county is struggling to get test kits, taking aim at President Donald Trump.

“We can’t test people who we need to test,” Elrich said.

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