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July 30, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

County May Restore Indoor Mask Mandate Per New CDC Recommendation  

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich has recommended the county reinstate the COVID-19 indoor mask mandate if the jurisdiction reaches what the CDC defines as “substantial transmission”: 50 new cases per 100,000 residents for seven days, which is about 525 new cases over a seven-day period for the county. According to a county release Friday, “The […]

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April 29, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Montgomery County Will Not Follow State in Lifting Outdoor Dining, Masking Restrictions

On Wednesday, Gov. Larry Hogan lifted Maryland’s outdoor COVID-19 mask mandate effective immediately and lifted all outdoor dining restrictions beginning Saturday, May 1. Counties are allowed to enforce stricter COVID-19 regulations than the state, and Montgomery County leaders said Wednesday evening that current restrictions in the county will remain in place. On Tuesday, the council, […]

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April 20, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Council Approves Limited Capacity for School Graduations, Other Guidance for Ceremonies

The Montgomery County Council voted unanimously Tuesday to limit school graduation ceremonies to 50% of venue capacity for outdoor ceremonies; capacity is limited to 25% for indoor ceremonies or 250 people, whichever is fewer people. Read the regulation detailing new graduation guidance.  Schools that want to have an indoor graduation must obtain a letter of […]

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March 23, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

MCPS School Board Votes to Combine Last Two Reopening Phases 

In a unanimous vote Tuesday, the Montgomery County Board of Education accelerated the phase-in plan when it comes to in-person learning by combining Phases 2.1 and 2.2.  Now, grades 7 and 10 will phase in by April 19, joining grades 8, 9 and 11. Originally, grades 7 and 10 were scheduled to return by April […]

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March 10, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

In Video Message, Fauci Urges Residents to Continue Following Health Measures

Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and Chief Medical Adviser to President Joe Biden, urged Montgomery County residents to continue following health safety measures. In a video message played during Tuesday’s county council meeting, Fauci said, “Now is the time to keep our foot on the accelerator with […]

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January 22, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

MCPS Concerned About State’s ‘Abrupt’ Change in Reopening Guidance

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) said it is deeply worried about Gov. Larry Hogan’s “abrupt” announcement urging all Maryland school districts to offer some form of in-person instruction by March 1. “While we appreciate the commitment to provide additional resources to assist local districts with reopening efforts, we are deeply concerned by the abrupt change […]

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November 25, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Marylanders Will Receive Emergency Alert on Cell Phones Wednesday at 5 p.m.

At around 5 p.m. Wednesday, Marylanders will receive a statewide emergency alert on their cell phones— only the second time the tool has been used by Gov. Larry Hogan’s administration. The governor’s administration first used the alert on March 31 to inform residents about the state’s new COVID-19 Stay at Home directive, according to a […]

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November 5, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Hogan Urges COVID-19 Compliance: ‘Just Wear the Damn Masks’

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan urged residents to follow public health guidance at a press conference Thursday. He emphasized that mask-wearing is the single best way to fight COVID-19, save lives and keep businesses open. “I mean it’s that simple. It’s not that hard. Just wear the damn masks,” he said. Hogan said that Thursday morning […]

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