phase 2

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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July 8, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Owner Upset at County Falsely Reporting Hookah Bar Shut Down for COVID-19 Violations

A Montgomery County press release incorrectly stated on Monday that Vibes Hookah Lounge in Rockville was shut down over the July 4 weekend for violating COVID-19 regulations.  The press release said that Vibes was closed because hookah bars are not included in Phase 2 of reopening in Montgomery County. Montgomery County Department of Health and […]

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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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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 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 23, 2020 | Andrea Sarralde

Lo que Debe Saber sobre la Reapertura de las Piscinas en Montgomery

El Dr. Travis Gayles, oficial de salud del condado de Montgomery, proporcionó recordatorios de seguridad a medida que las piscinas comienzan a abrirse en medio de la Fase 2 del plan de reapertura. El Dr. Gayles se refirió a diferentes medidas, actualmente en vigor, para detener la propagación de COVID-19 en las piscinas. Gayles advierte […]

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June 22, 2020 | Shauneen Miranda

Gayles Details Safety Precautions as Swimming Pools Reopen

Montgomery County health officer Dr. Travis Gayles provided safety reminders as swimming pools begin to reopen amid Phase 2.  “First and foremost, even in the setting of COVID-19, do not forget your sunscreen,” Dr. Gayles said in a recent video from the county. Dr. Gayles also touched on different measures currently in place to halt […]

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June 20, 2020 | Samantha Subin

‘This is Not Time to Relax’: Doctor Urges Residents Amid Phase 2 Reopening

Dr. César Palacio, the executive director of Proyecto Salud Clinic, emphasized the importance of continuing to practice social distancing amid the county’s Phase 2 of reopening, in an interview with Montgomery Community Media. As of 5 pm Friday, some indoor businesses are allowed to open at a reduced capacity countywide, a transition which comes more […]

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