Air Quality in Montgomery County Now Code Purple; Ride On Buses Free

Due to the smoke coming from wildfires in Canada, the air quality in Montgomery County is now Code Purple (very unhealthy), according to The Montgomery County MD Office of Emergency Management & Homeland Security (OEMHS) tweeted following recommendations Thursday morning:

“The air quality in our area is currently poor and poses a health risk to all individuals.

  • Limit outdoor activity and stay inside when possible.
  • People with heart or breathing problems and children and older adults who are especially sensitive should avoid outdoor activities.
  • If you are an older adult or have heart or breathing problems and need to be outside, wear a high-quality N-95 or N-96 mask.”

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) has announced that due to air quality all Ride On buses will be free today. MCDOT is also suspending all strenuous outdoor work activities but “emergencies will be attended to.” All Montgomery County Recreation outdoor activities have also been canceled for today.

Montgomery County Public Schools has cancelled outdoor recess and all outdoor activities for Thursday , June 8: “Due to unhealthy air conditions as a result of wildfires in Canada, all outdoor recess will be canceled for Thursday, June 8. Athletics will operate under guidelines similar to heat index warnings, which include primarily indoor activities and increased monitoring of athletes. Field trips may need to be rescheduled or modified depending on the location and extent of outdoor activity. Adjustments could be made to outdoor graduations and will be communicated by individual schools. Any modifications to this guidance will be communicated as conditions continue to be monitored.”


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