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June 15, 2021 | Deirdre Byrne

Hogan to Lift Maryland’s State of Emergency for COVID-19 on July 1

Gov. Larry Hogan announced plans to lift Maryland’s state of emergency on July 1. The action would put an end to all the state’s mandates and restrictions related to COVID-19. Hogan declared the state of emergency on March 5, 2020—the same day he announced that three Montgomery County residents tested positive for coronavirus. Over the […]

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May 14, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Hogan Lifts Indoor Mask Mandate in Maryland Effective Saturday

Maryland’s indoor mask mandate is lifted effective Saturday, Gov. Larry Hogan announced at a press conference Friday. Public transportation, healthcare settings, and schools are the only exceptions, he said. BREAKING: Gov. Larry Hogan announces Maryland will lift its indoor mask mandate TOMORROW. Public transportation, health care settings and schools are the only exceptions. @mymcmedia — […]

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May 12, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Hogan Lifts Restrictions on Restaurants, Venues; Indoor Mask Mandate Remains

Effective Saturday, May 15, all Maryland indoor and outdoor dining establishments, including restaurants and bars, can resume normal operations, Gov. Larry Hogan announced at a press conference Wednesday. The same goes for other indoor and outdoor venues. All outdoor entertainment, arts, and sports venues, as well as all indoor entertainment venues and conventions can resume […]

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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 28, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Hogan Lifts State Outdoor Mask Mandate; Outdoor Dining Restrictions Will Lift Saturday 

Gov. Larry Hogan lifted the state’s outdoor COVID-19 mask mandate effective immediately, he announced during a press conference Wednesday. “Masks and face coverings are no longer required outdoors in the state of Maryland,” Hogan said. The CDC released new guidance about mask-wearing on Tuesday, including guidance that fully-vaccinated people can do several outdoor activities without […]

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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 9, 2021 | Deirdre Byrne

Hogan Lifts State Capacity Limits for Dining; Montgomery County Leaders Express Opposition

Gov. Larry Hogan announced at a press conference Tuesday that the state will start easing capacity limits at bars, restaurants, and other establishments. Hogan’s updated executive order means that starting Friday at 5 p.m., capacity limits for indoor and outdoor restaurants and foodservice establishments will be lifted. The order notes that restaurants and bars can […]

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December 22, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Elrich on COVID-19 Vaccines: ‘Be Prepared to Wear the Mask for a While’

As COVID-19 vaccines are starting to roll out across Montgomery County hospitals, County Executive Marc Elrich is warning the public to expect mask wearing to continue into the future. Elrich said at a media briefing Dec. 16 that once COVID-19 vaccines are widely available, people should prepare to keep wearing a mask even after they […]

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November 18, 2020 | Brendan Hartlove

Department of Health Distributing Free Masks in Rockville Wednesday Afternoon

The Maryland Department of Health is distributing free packets of masks in Rockville from 4-6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 18. To encourage Marylanders to wear face coverings in public, the Department of Health launched the #MasksOnMaryland campaign. The free mask giveaways are part of the initiative to make face coverings available to people. The free masks […]

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October 1, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Silver Spring Restaurant Declared ‘Unsafe Facility’ After COVID-19 Violations

The Society Restaurant & Lounge in Silver Spring has been declared an “Unsafe Facility” by Montgomery County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles after repeated COVID-19 violations. The Georgia Avenue establishment was ordered to close on Tuesday following an inspection on Saturday. It must remain closed for 30 days or until Gayles approves reopening. Society previously […]

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