Montgomery County Council Approves Updated Covid Restrictions/Notes From Meeting

Montgomery County Council Approves Updated Covid Restrictions/Notes From Meeting

Today the Montgomery County Council introduced, conducted a public hearing, and voted on the amended Executive Order that includes updates a Covid restrictions. It was unanimously approved.

During the session, MoCo Health Director Dr. Travis Gayles stated that 3 out of MoCo’s 6 hospitals have no vacancies in their ICU units with 1 hospital reporting no vacancies for acute care.

If the updated restrictions do not work, the next step would be a stay-at-home order, according to Dr. Gayles. We would have to wait approximately two-three weeks to see a demonstrated level of change in the numbers before seeing how to move forward.

While the meeting was in session, Councilmember Will Jawando tweeted that he is renewing his plea for a statewide stay-at-home order and for additional money to be released for small businesses.

Providing clarifications on tents, Dr. Earl Stoddard stated that a square or rectangular tent must have one side open. If it’s an unusual shape, about 25% of it must be open, but it must be approved by the county.

In regards to youth sports, Dr. Gayles recommends allowances for drills, etc. but approval will not be given for indoor games of 10 or more people.

The percentage of ICU beds taken by Covid patients is at 21%, which has quadrupled in the span of six weeks, according to Dr. Gayles.

The new Executive Order 139-20 restricts restaurant service to outdoor dining. Carry-out, delivery and drive-through service will be allowed to continue. The order also limits indoor sports gatherings to a maximum of 10 people total. (Outdoor dining will be prohibited between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., per an existing Executive Order from Maryland Governor Larry Hogan.) The maximum capacity for retail establishments has been changed to one person per 200 square feet of retail space—not to exceed a maximum of 150 persons.

The order goes into effect at 5pm today.

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A local community movie is filming in our area in June and needs contributions!

Local actors, teens, teachers, housewives, and retired residences are trying to make this film happen but we need your help.

This is an educational short story about teens learning how to navigate when they don't feel accepted by their friends and what to do to find acceptance. Yet this film isn't just for teens. In your life have you ever felt like you weren't accepted??

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This is a social impact film that will show locally and internationally at film festivals in 2025 and also at colleges.

More information can be found here. DONATE TODAY:

This is a not-for-profit film and donations are tax-deductible.

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