Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security Director Dr. Earl Stoddard

September 22, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

County May Extend Alcohol Curfew With ‘Severe Consequences’ for Health Violations

In early August, Montgomery County mandated that restaurants and bars can not sell alcohol for on-premise consumption after 10 p.m. Now the county is considering letting establishments extend that to midnight if they agree to certain guidelines.  The directive went into effect Aug. 5 after Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security Director Dr. Earl […]

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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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September 15, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

As COVID-19 Cases Slowly Increase, County Will Develop Benchmarks for Potential Rollbacks

Montgomery County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles has said more than once that the county has not reached even a moderate rate of COVID-19 transmission.  In early August he said a moderate rate would be around 20-30 new cases per day and on Sept. 4 he said it would be around 30-35 new cases. Gayles […]

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September 3, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Elrich Frustrated by Lack of Communication from Hogan: ‘We Might Get a Text the Day Of’

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, local, state and national leaders are consistently making decisions and announcements in order to do what they think is best for residents.  Gov. Larry Hogan has been holding press conferences in regard to COVID-19 since late February, sometimes making considerable announcements. Often in response to his announcements, Montgomery County leaders […]

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