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October 21, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Riemer Warns More Reopenings Mean ‘We Are Painting Ourselves Into a Corner’ with Schools

Councilmember Hans Riemer is concerned schools are not being prioritized when it comes to Montgomery County’s reopening strategy. “Yes small businesses are paying a price from covid, kids are paying a price from covid too,” Riemer said in an interview with MyMCMedia. Montgomery County Public Schools has been offering virtual learning since March and will […]

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September 22, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

County May Extend Alcohol Curfew With ‘Severe Consequences’ for Health Violations

In early August, Montgomery County mandated that restaurants and bars can not sell alcohol for on-premise consumption after 10 p.m. Now the county is considering letting establishments extend that to midnight if they agree to certain guidelines.  The directive went into effect Aug. 5 after Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security Director Dr. Earl […]

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July 16, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Hogan Will ‘Take Another Look’ at Reopenings if Non-Compliance Gets Out of Control

If non-compliance with COVID-19 guidelines continues in bars and restaurants, Maryland may have to reconsider the reopenings it’s allowed so far, Gov. Larry Hogan said at a press conference Wednesday.  “At this point we’re trying to crack down on the bad apples without killing the entire industry and all those folks that work there and […]

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July 14, 2020 | Emma Shuster

Hogan Urges Leaders To Enforce Public Health Requirements In Restaurants and Bars

Gov. Larry Hogan announced Tuesday that local leaders must increase their enforcement of public health requirements in bars and restaurants across the state. The announcement comes as a result of new cases linked to non-compliance with public health requirements. “The vast majority of bars and restaurants in our state are in compliance, but some are […]

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March 17, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Elrich Lauds Hogan’s Order to Close Bars, Restaurants

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich commended Gov. Larry Hogan’s executive order to close all restaurants, bars, movie theaters and gyms in order to slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Hogan announced an executive order to close such establishments in Maryland starting at 5 p.m. Monday. Drive-thru, carryout and delivery will continue, as well as […]

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March 16, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Hogan Orders Maryland Bars, Restaurants, Movie Theaters, Gyms to Close 5 P.M. Monday

Gov. Larry Hogan announced an executive order Monday to close all bars, restaurants, movie theaters, and gyms in the state of Maryland starting  5 p.m. on Monday. The closures are out of concern for the coronavirus pandemic. The executive order will be strictly enforced by law enforcement, Hogan said. Drive-thru, carryout, and delivery will continue, Hogan […]

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January 28, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Bar Louie Closes in Wheaton, Rockville After Bankruptcy Announcement

Bar Louie’s Rockville and Wheaton locations are among the chain’s 38 locations to close over the weekend. A statement released by Bar Louie on Monday confirmed that the organization has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and said it was closing  “underperforming locations to strengthen its operational and financial position.” Tom Fricke, CEO of Bar […]

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October 22, 2019 | Hannah Dalsheim

Local Bars, Restaurants Offer Many Options to Watch Nationals’ World Series Games

Trying to find a place to watch the Washington Nationals in the World Series this week? There are several options in Montgomery County. Here are just a few: Matchbox, located at 1699 Rockville Pike is offering Happy Hour priced food and drinks to anyone wearing Nationals gear. Quincy’s South, located at 11401 Woodglen Drive in […]

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May 23, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

In 4-1 Vote, Rockville Bans Smoking, Vaping in Outdoor Serving Areas

Rockville has become the second city in Maryland to ban smoking and vaping in outdoor seating areas of restaurants, after action by the city’s Mayor and Council on Monday. The vote was 4-1, with Councilmember Mark Pierzchala the sole vote against. “It was a tough choice for me,” Pierzchala said Tuesday. “First I don’t think […]

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