Phase 2 re-opening

October 2, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Montgomery County Advises Against Door-To-Door Trick-Or-Treating

Montgomery County officials issued guidance Friday on keeping families and children safe during Halloween in light of COVID-19. County officials are advising against traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating because of the “challenge of maintaining proper physical distancing on porches and at front doors.” They are also advising against participating in activities where food is shared, such as […]

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July 29, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Hogan Expands Mask Order Outdoors, Issues Travel Advisory, Announces Deputy Health Secretary’s Retirement

At a coronavirus news conference Wednesday, Gov. Larry Hogan made five big announcements about the state’s response to the public health crisis. Here’s what you should know: 1) Maryland will not move to phase 3 of reopening: Hogan says for the time being Maryland will remain in stage 2 of Maryland’s Roadmap to Recovery plan […]

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July 24, 2020 | Jordan Lindsay

More Citations Issued to Businesses for Noncompliance With Re-Opening Guidelines

Five citations were issued to businesses in the county last weekend for not complying with Phase 2 re-opening guidelines. Violations included not meeting physical distancing and face-covering requirements, according to county leaders. There was also a hookah smoking violation. The names of the businesses have not been released. Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management Director Dr. […]

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July 16, 2020 | Jordan Lindsay

Businesses That Ignore Phase Re-Opening Requirements Face Enforcement

Montgomery County inspectors are cracking down on local businesses that do not comply with Phase 2 re-opening requirements. Two restaurants in Silver Spring were forced to close over the past weekend as a result of not being compliant. Now, county leaders are reminding business owners about the importance of phase re-opening education enforcement. Society Lounge and The […]

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July 15, 2020 | Jordan Lindsay

Elrich: ‘Our Target is to Test as Many People as We Can Possibly Test’

During his weekly virtual media briefing on Wednesday, Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich addressed continued COVID-19 testing efforts. “We continue to increase our testing…our target is to test as many people as we can possibly test”, Elrich said. The County Executive says although more than 145,000 residents have been tested, local officials are looking into […]

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July 14, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Two Silver Spring Businesses Closed for Not Enforcing Social Distancing Measures

Montgomery County announced in a statement Tuesday that it closed two Silver Spring restaurants Sunday for violating its coronavirus social distancing restrictions. Society Lounge and Republic Garden, both located on Georgia Avenue, were closed by health officials and had “their license[s] suspended […] for not maintaining adequate social distancing.” In order to reopen again, the county […]

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July 14, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Sandy Spring Slave Museum Takes Financial Hit As County Wrestles with Racist History

Since 1988, visitors of the Sandy Spring Slave Museum and African Art Gallery have learned about Sandy Spring’s Quaker history and its ties to the underground railroad. The museum has been temporarily closed since March because of the coronavirus and it hasn’t hosted any in-person tours. Its closure comes at a time when Montgomery County […]

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July 10, 2020 | Jordan Lindsay

Featured - Phase 2

County Leaders Address Businesses That Ignore Phase Re-Opening Guidelines

Montgomery County leaders have made it clear that any business that ignores public health orders faces potential citations and closures. Currently, the county is in Phase 2 of re-opening. Local health leaders say they want to see a continuous decrease in COVID-19 cases before moving into Phase 3. During a virtual media briefing on Wednesday, […]

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June 30, 2020 | Jordan Lindsay

Playgrounds Re-Open With New Safety Guidelines

Montgomery County Parks officials are asking residents to be patient as the department gradually reopens playgrounds across the county. They are urging park users to use precautions, such as face masks and social distancing to stay safe. The reopenings began on Monday, and Montgomery County Planning Board Chair Casey Anderson says it will take about […]

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June 30, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Returned Library Book Bins Runneth Over

Library users were very eager to return the books they took out more than three months ago when Montgomery County Public Libraries closed due to the global pandemic. Monday, June 29 was the first day that books could be dropped off, but still not be taken out. On that day, the library staff filled 525 […]

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