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November 19, 2020 | Sydney Bullock

Approval for SoccerPlex Tournament Rescinded After Positive COVID-19 Test

Montgomery County rescinded its approval for a soccer tournament scheduled for Nov. 20-22 at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds after a player tested positive for COVID-19. Several thousand players were expected to play. Dr. Earl Stoddard, director of the Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security Management Staff, said the Soccerplex’s initial plan for the […]

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November 5, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Council Postpones Vote to Reinstate COVID-19 Restrictions

The Montgomery County Council postponed voting on County Executive Marc Elrich’s order reinstating some COVID-19 restrictions. A vote is tentatively scheduled for the council’s next meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 10. The order was intended to be approved Thursday and go into effect Friday, however, the council and county officials agreed some wording needs to be […]

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October 28, 2020 | Jordan Lindsay

‘This Is Not Good’; Elrich, Officials Concerned About Uptick in COVID-19 Cases

There’s been an uptick in COVID-19 cases not only locally but also nationwide, according to health officials. During his weekly virtual media briefing on Wednesday, Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich mentioned that the increase in cases is ‘troubling.’ “This is not good if you look at the numbers,” said Elrich. Montgomery County Health Officer Dr. […]

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October 16, 2020 | Jordan Lindsay

County Ensuring Business Reopening Enforcement is Racially Equitable

The county is looking into COVID-19 safety enforcement measures for businesses to ensure that they are racially equitable. All businesses, as a condition of reopening, are required to abide by general operating guidelines. Violations can result in citations or closure. During a virtual media briefing on Thursday, Office of Emergency Management Director Dr. Earl Stoddard mentioned […]

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October 15, 2020 | Jordan Lindsay

Uptick in COVID-19 Cases Gives Officials Pause About Lifting Reopening Restrictions

An uptick in COVID-19 cases locally, nationally and around the world has caused County officials to give pause about lifting some restrictions that are still in effect. During his weekly virtual media briefing on Thursday, Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich mentioned the possibility of a second surge of COVID-19 cases as we enter colder months. […]

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October 8, 2020 | Jordan Lindsay

County Considers Lifting Restrictions for Escape Rooms, the SoccerPlex, and Hockey

County leaders are considering lifting some restrictions at the seven escape rooms across the county and the Maryland SoccerPlex located in Boyds when it comes to potential tournaments and “modified hockey” which would categorize it as a medium-risk sport. During the county’s weekly virtual COVID-19 media briefing on Wednesday, the Office of Emergency Management Director […]

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October 7, 2020 | Jordan Lindsay

More Than 150 Businesses Apply for Late-Night Alcohol Sales Program

Last week the county announced the start of the Late-Night Alcohol Sales Program. So far, more than 150 businesses have applied and received permits. The program authorizes bars and restaurants – with no prior history of citations or closings due to reopening violations – to apply for the COVID-19 Late-Night Permit, allowing alcohol to be […]

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September 30, 2020 | Jordan Lindsay

Late-Night Alcohol Sales Permits Will Soon Be Available for Eligible Businesses to Apply

During Montgomery County’s weekly virtual COVID-19 media briefing on Wednesday, local leaders discussed proposed changes to Executive Order 117-20, with the primary modification impacting alcohol sales after 10:00 p.m. The Late-Night Alcohol Sales Program will authorize county food service establishments with no prior history of citations or closings due to reopening violations to apply for […]

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September 29, 2020 | Jordan Lindsay

Council Gets COVID-19 Update, Discusses Reopening Non-Public Schools and Alcohol Sales Extension

Montgomery County councilmembers received the weekly COVID-19 update from Dr. Earl Stoddard and Dr. Travis Gayles on Tuesday during a virtual meeting. Key topics of discussion included: Plans to enhance ventilation at certain facilities to help with indoor airflow as we enter winter months Consideration of alcohol sales extension to midnight instead of 10:00 p.m. under […]

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September 22, 2020 | Reid Flumbaum

CDC Releases Halloween, Trick-Or-Treating Guidelines

With a socially distant Halloween looming, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its holiday celebration guidelines Monday, ranking Halloween activities that pose low, moderate, and high risks. The CDC says traditional activities, including door to door trick-or-treating and trunk-or-treating, top the list as high risk and recommends avoiding them. Doing so will […]

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