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September 10, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

County Launches Second Phase of Rent Relief Program

Montgomery County launched the second phase of its $20 million COVID-19 Rent Relief Program, which is designed to financially assist eligible residents. The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services administers the program. The money comes from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security. Eligible residents who can’t pay their rent due to […]

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September 8, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Despite Elrich Request, Gayles Says Case Count Still Too High for Further Reopening

On Friday, Montgomery County announced that restaurants, breweries and wineries can offer live performances along with dining/drinking.  No dancing or congregating around performers is allowed, and people must wear masks (unless eating or drinking) and stay seated while eating. The announcement came shortly after most Maryland counties began Phase 3 of the state’s recovery. Phase 3 […]

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September 4, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Live Performances Now Allowed at Restaurants in Montgomery County

Shortly after most Maryland counties began Phase 3 of reopening, Montgomery County announced further reopenings as well.  As of Friday evening venues like indoor and outdoor restaurants can offer live performances along with dining. No dancing or congregating around performers is allowed, and people must wear masks (unless eating) and stay seated while eating. Prince George’s […]

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September 2, 2020 | Jordan Lindsay

Not Ready to Move Into Phase 3, Elrich Says ‘It’s Not Party Time Yet’

During his weekly virtual media briefing on Wednesday, Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich responded to Gov. Larry Hogan’s guidance on moving into the next re-opening phase. Although Hogan announced on Tuesday that the state was easing restrictions and moving to Phase 3, Elrich says data shows that Montgomery County is not ready to move into the […]

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August 31, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Novavax Reaches Agreement With Canada to Supply COVID-19 Vaccine

Gaithersburg biotechnology company Novavax announced Monday that it has reached an agreement in principle to give Canada up to 76 million doses of Novavax’s COVID-19 vaccine.  In a statement the company said the vaccine is in multiple Phase 2 clinical trials right now. Novavax expects to finalize an agreement that would begin supplying the doses […]

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August 12, 2020 | Isabel Cleary

Gaithersburg-Based Novavax Included in New York Times’ Coronavirus Vaccine Tracker

The New York Times has published a coronavirus vaccine tracker that shows the progress of the more than 165 vaccines in development, and the 30 that are in human trials. The coronavirus pandemic has forced researchers to condense years of research and testing into a shorter time frame, with the goal to produce a safe […]

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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 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 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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