Masks

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 18, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

County Relaxing COVID-19 Restrictions but Still Working on Getting More Residents Vaccinated

As of May 28, there will be no capacity limits for outdoor gatherings and indoor gatherings will be limited to 250 people, explained Robert Drummer, senior legislative attorney. Face coverings will not be required when outdoors, and those who are fully vaccinated do not have to wear face coverings indoors except when in schools and […]

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April 28, 2021 | Michael Hernández

CDC: Fully Vaccinated People Can Now Unmask at Small Outdoor Gatherings

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new outdoor mask guidance on Tuesday for people who are fully vaccinated. According to these new CDC guidelines, people who are fully vaccinated do not need to wear masks in small outdoor gatherings. This includes people who have received both doses of the Moderna or Pfizer […]

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March 16, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Council to Review Future of High School Football Friday

After hearing from many constituents and following a March 14 rally by high school football players, members of the Montgomery County Council agreed Tuesday to relook at its decision to disallow contact football at Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS). The matter is tentatively scheduled for discussion on March 19. Last week, the council relaxed some […]

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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 25, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

County Clarifies Tuesday’s Facial Covering Guidance

After receiving many questions from residents about Tuesday’s announcement of a new face covering directive, Montgomery County is now clarifying their position. When Montgomery County residents leave their homes, they should either wear a mask or have one with them that is ready to use. The county now is requiring that face coverings be worn […]

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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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September 8, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Despite Elrich Request, Gayles Says Case Count Still Too High for Further Reopening

On Friday, Montgomery County announced that restaurants, breweries and wineries can offer live performances along with dining/drinking.  No dancing or congregating around performers is allowed, and people must wear masks (unless eating or drinking) and stay seated while eating. The announcement came shortly after most Maryland counties began Phase 3 of the state’s recovery. Phase 3 […]

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September 4, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Silver Spring Man Charged for Assaulting Liquor Store Employee Over Mask Dispute

The Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) announced Thursday that they arrested and charged a man with assault in connection to a mask dispute incident at a liquor store in Potomac. Police identified the man as 31-year-old Donald Thomas-Gipson of Silver Spring. Thomas-Gipson faces first and second-degree assault charges, according to MCPD. Police say the incident […]

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