outdoor dining

June 14, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

County’s Shared Streets Program Will Continue Throughout Summer

Montgomery County’s Shared Streets program will continue throughout the summer, the county announced in a June 11 statement. The Department of Transportation (MCDOT) began the Shared Streets program when the COVID-19 pandemic started. It closed some roads to cars to allow outdoor activities like walking and dining. Areas like the Bethesda Streetery offer outdoor in-street […]

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May 28, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

County Council Introduces Resolution to Support Maintaining Open Streets Programs

The Montgomery County Council introduced a resolution Thursday showing support for maintaining Open and Shared Streets programs. The county’s Department of Transportation (DOT) began the Shared Streets program when the COVID-19 pandemic started, according to the resolution. It closed some roads to cars to allow outdoor activities like walking and dining. Areas like the Bethesda […]

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April 30, 2021 | Deirdre Byrne

‘Streetery on Gibbs’ Opens in Rockville Town Square

Rockville Town Center is making it easier to dine outside. The City of Rockville closed Gibbs Street and partnered with Federal Realty to create Streetery on Gibbs in Rockville Town Square. The streetery provides 15,000 square feet of outdoor dining space for people to take advantage of when eating at popular restaurants like Finnegan’s Wake, […]

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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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February 2, 2021 | Deirdre Byrne

GrillMarX to Temporarily Close ‘Until Indoor Dining Resumes’

GrillMarX Steakhouse & Raw Bar announced on its Facebook page that it will temporarily cease operations starting Feb. 7. The restaurant writes, “our doors will be closed for business until indoor dining resumes.” GrillMarX has two restaurants in Montgomery County located in Olney and Clarksburg. The restaurant posted a letter to its customers on Jan. 29, saying, […]

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January 4, 2021 | Jordan Lindsay

County Considers Updating Outdoor Dining Tent Guidelines

Montgomery County is considering updating some outdoor dining guidelines in response to COVID-19 related community questions and concerns. Office of Emergency Management Director Dr. Earl Stoddard says teams have been working across the county to ensure businesses follow the current re-opening guidelines. During the county’s weekly COVID-19 virtual media briefing on Dec. 29, Dr. Stoddard […]

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December 9, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Elrich Moves to Suspend Indoor Dining; Order Requires Council Approval

Indoor dining may be suspended next week, if Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich’s order is approved. Elrich proposed the suspension during a virtual press conference with leaders from Maryland’s eight largest jurisdictions. He said he sent his order to the county council Wednesday and if it is approved by councilmembers, indoor dining would be suspended […]

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June 19, 2020 | Mira Varghese

Downtown Wheaton Unveils New Streetery Friday

Beginning Friday, sections of Price Avenue and Elkins Street in Downtown Wheaton will be closed for the opening of its streetery, which will offer patrons expanded outdoor seating and dining. Downtown Wheaton will become yet another section of Montgomery County to create a streetery designed for the new norm of socially distanced dining. According to […]

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June 12, 2020 | Mira Varghese

Takoma Park Set to Open Community Patio and Streetery Friday

Beginning Friday, the northbound side of Laurel Avenue in Takoma Park will be closed to create room for the Community Patio and Takoma Streetery. Following the opening of Bethesda’s streetery earlier this week, Takoma Park will begin hosting its own, with the creation of outdoor dining and seating for the public. According to Takoma Park’s […]

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