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August 31, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

County Libraries Returning to Pre-Pandemic Hours Starting Sept. 12

Update (Sept. 3): In a release Thursday, Montgomery County said operating hours for public libraries will remain the same, retracting Tuesday’s announcement saying libraries would soon return to pre-pandemic hours. Original (Aug. 31): County libraries will soon return to pre-pandemic hours of operation, according to a release from the county. Effective Sunday, Sept. 12, Montgomery […]

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August 26, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

High School Teacher Placed on Leave for Refusing MCPS Mask Requirement

A Paint Branch High School teacher was placed on paid administrative leave for one day after disobeying face mask requirements more than once at the school, according to a letter posted to the teacher’s Facebook page. Angela Harders announced she had been placed on administrative leave in a video Wednesday. According to the letter she […]

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August 25, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Several State School Board Members Express Support for School Mask Mandate

Several members of the Maryland Board of Education showed support for a statewide COVID-19 school mask mandate during a meeting Tuesday. Teacher Member of the Board Rachel McCusker made a motion to hold a special meeting to discuss an emergency regulation for a face covering requirement in schools across the state. “I believe that having […]

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August 24, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Maryland Board of Education Will Consider Statewide Mask Policy

During a meeting Tuesday, members of the Maryland Board of Education decided to consider an emergency regulation for a statewide in-school COVID-19 mask mandate. State Superintendent Mohammed Choudhury said he will try to determine if he can legally reject reopening plans from school systems that do not include masking. He said the state’s guidance to […]

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August 24, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

O’Looney Shares Video Featuring Students Urging Classmates to Wear a Mask

Richard Montgomery High School senior Hana O’Looney stars in a 45-second video on the importance of wearing a mask. “Wearing a mask will help keep in-person school open,” O’Looney, the 44th Student Member of the Montgomery County Public School’s Board of Education (SMOB), said in the video. The 45-second video features students during various parts […]

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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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July 30, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Elrich Sets Benchmark for Reinstating Indoor Mask Mandate 

Update (2:15 p.m.): The county council, sitting as the Board of Health, will discuss and vote on the regulation next week on Thursday, Aug. 5 per a release from Montgomery County. Original (1:30 p.m.): Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich wants to reinstate the COVID-19 indoor mask mandate if the jurisdiction reaches what the CDC defines […]

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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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