phase 2 reopening

July 30, 2020 | Tori Bergel

White Oak Bowling Lanes Angered by Forced Re-Closure

White Oak Bowling Lanes in Silver Spring is enlisting the public to help them overturn an executive order causing the business to close down despite continued reopening efforts throughout the county. On Tuesday, the bowling alley surprised customers when it posted to Facebook saying that it would be closing its doors again after over a […]

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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 23, 2020 | Tori Bergel

Glenstone Reopens Indoor Pavilions to the Public

The Glenstone Museum reopened its indoor Pavilions Thursday after weeks of limiting available exhibits to those that are outdoors due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. From 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. every Thursday through Sunday, the museum’s normal operating hours, visitors will be allowed to enter, in staggered 15-minute intervals, to view additional material. In […]

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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 | Tori Bergel

‘It’s a Waiting Game’: Tattoo Parlors Frustrated by County Reopening Rules

Montgomery County entered Phase 2 of reopening on June 19, allowing many residents to finally get back to work. However, some businesses are still waiting to open, as the county strays from state guidelines by forcing tattoo parlors, tanning salons, massage parlors and other esthetic service providers to remain closed. Tarun Kumar “TK” Rajkumar, a […]

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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 2, 2020 | Tori Bergel

Montgomery County Recreation Will Reopen 10 Pools Monday

Summer swimming is back! Pools operated by Montgomery County Recreation will reopen on July 6. As part of Phase 2 reopening plans, the department’s seven outdoor pools and three indoor centers will be available to pass holders seven days a week, starting Monday. Outdoor facilities will operate from noon to 8 p.m. each day for […]

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July 2, 2020 | Tori Bergel

MCDOT ‘Essential Plus’ Service to Expand Over the Weekend

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) is adding to their Ride On bus “Essential Plus” service starting Sunday, July 5. According to a press release by the county government/county officials, the expansion is in cooperation with county reopening adjustments — changes spearheaded by County Executive Marc Elrich’s Phase 2 plans. In order to meet […]

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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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June 25, 2020 | Jordan Lindsay

Featured - Phase 2

New County Task Force Answers Reopening Questions, Concerns

The Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management has established a new Q&A task force team to respond to the questions and concerns of residents about the Phase 2 re-openings. Montgomery County Emergency Management Director, Dr. Earl Stoddard, says since the recent launch, the Q&A task force team has responded to a variety of about 80 questions. Most of […]

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