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July 16, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Hogan Will ‘Take Another Look’ at Reopenings if Non-Compliance Gets Out of Control

If non-compliance with COVID-19 guidelines continues in bars and restaurants, Maryland may have to reconsider the reopenings it’s allowed so far, Gov. Larry Hogan said at a press conference Wednesday.  “At this point we’re trying to crack down on the bad apples without killing the entire industry and all those folks that work there and […]

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July 1, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

County to Wait for Potential July 4 COVID-19 Spike Before Phase 3 Decision

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich said the county will wait to see if the Fourth of July causes a spike in COVID-19 cases before any Phase 3 reopening announcement is made. The county won’t be able to observe that until at least a week from this weekend, or a little over a week, Elrich said […]

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June 10, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Indoor Dining Can Resume on Friday, Hogan Announces

Indoor dining can resume at 50 percent capacity in Maryland beginning this Friday, June 12 at 5 p.m., Gov. Larry Hogan announced at a press conference Wednesday.  Outdoor graduation ceremonies and amusements like rides and miniature golf can also start again. Outdoor pools can increase capacity to 50 percent. All of these additional Phase 2 […]

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June 2, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Hit Hard Economically, Taco Bar Owner Hopeful with Phase 1 Reopening

Taco Bar, a family-owned business in Olney, Gaithersburg, and Frederick, is one of the many small food businesses in Montgomery County hurting from the coronavirus. Now that Montgomery County is in phase 1 of the coronavirus reopening plan, Raul Valdivia, the owner, is feeling hopeful about having patrons dining patrons outside. Valdivia spoke to MyMCMedia at […]

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June 1, 2020 | Isabel Cleary

Restaurants Now Allowed to Offer Outdoor Dining with Restrictions

Phase One of reopening Montgomery County went into effect Monday morning. This allows restaurants to offer outdoor seating with restrictions, including maintaining social distancing between patrons. Bassett’s Restaurant in Poolesville has opened outdoor dining in their parking lot and a Silver Diner in Rio Lakefront has expanded seating into a space that usually belongs to […]

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May 29, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

County Pools Stay Closed, Can Reopen During Phase 2 of Recovery Plan

During a news conference Wednesday, Gov. Larry Hogan announced community pools can reopen in Maryland at 25% capacity starting Friday. However, Hogan’s announcement does not apply in Montgomery County. In phase 1 of Montgomery County’s COVID-19 recovery plan, which Marc Elrich announced Thursday, swimming pools (both private and public) are to remain closed. On Friday, […]

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May 29, 2020 | Joe Yasharoff

Elrich Talks to MyMCMedia About Reopening, Protesters

One day after holding an outdoor press conference at the Kentlands that was interrupted often by protesters, County Executive Marc Elrich spoke with MyMCMedia. The discussion included his reaction to the protesters and centered around what went into his decision to hold off reopening – not in lockstep with most of the rest of the […]

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May 29, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Council Approves Phase 1 Order, Denounces Offensive Language from Residents

The Montgomery County Council unanimously approved County Executive Marc Elrich’s new executive order to enter Phase 1 of reopening. On Thursday, Elrich held a press conference to announce that the county will begin a slow reopening starting Monday, June 1 at 6 a.m. He was met with booing and name-calling protesters, who believe the process […]

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May 29, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

‘I Refuse to Live in Fear’: Residents React to County’s First Step in Reopening

Montgomery County residents who don’t approve of the county’s approach to reopening did not go unheard at Thursday’s press conference from Executive Marc Elrich.  Elrich was booed as he took to the podium, and exclamations from residents continued throughout his announcements.  “I’m in the bad age group, but I’m not afraid and I refuse to […]

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