Capacity Exemption Granted, 26 MoCo Businesses Allowed More Than 150 People Inside at Once

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Capacity Exemption Granted, 26 MoCo Businesses Allowed More Than 150 People Inside at Once

Updated to include the names of the businesses that were granted the exemption.

On December 15, the Montgomery County government approved an executive order suspending indoor dining, establishing maximum capacity for retail establishments, limiting indoor sports gatherings, and more.

The executive order stated that maximum capacity for retail will be reduced to one person per 200 square feet of retail space—not to exceed a maximum of 150 people. This executive order also offered the following information for businesses wishing to request an exemption:

“Large retail establishments wishing to accommodate more than 150 people after Wednesday, December 23 must request a Letter of Approval that includes a business’ plan for monitoring the number of people in the building at any given time and provide information on how social distancing will be ensured at the entrance, exit and check-out lines. All requests for a Letter of Approval must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 21.”

As first reported by Bethesda Beat, 26 MoCo retail businesses were approved for this exemption, including:

• Saks Fifth Avenue in Chevy Chase
• Bed Bath & Beyond in Rockville
• Walmart in Germantown
• Dick’s Sporting Goods in Gaithersburg
• Dick’s Sporting Goods in Wheaton
• JCPenney in Wheaton
• Target in Germantown
• Target in Calverton
• Target in Gaithersburg
• Target in Wheaton
• Target in Bethesda (5700 Bou Ave.)
• Target in Bethesda (6831 Wisconsin Ave.)
• The Home Depot in Aspen Hill (temporarily approved pending further information)
• Giant Food (26 stores)
• Safeway
• Lowe’s
• Macy’s
• Burlington
• Bloomingdale’s
• Kohl’s
• Weis Markets
• Costco Wholesale
• Harris Teeter
• Sam’s Club (awaiting additional information)
• Wegmans Food Markets in Germantown

Some store locations were not included, so it is unclear which specific location(s) of the store has been granted the exemption.

 

As of right now, the amended capacity restrictions for these businesses are not publicly available.

By: Michelle Katz @pike.and.rozay

 

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About the Author

Michelle Katz
Michelle Katz has lived in MoCo for most of her life– she was born and raised in the Gaithersburg area and now lives in Rockville. ⁣ ⁣ She is currently a high school art teacher in MCPS. In addition to teaching and working at the MoCoShow, Michelle also runs a local instagram account, @pike.and.rozay, where she features food photography from restaurants in Pike & Rose and the surrounding area. ⁣ ⁣ She is passionate about supporting local businesses and enjoys the opportunity to help keep everyone in the MoCo community informed.

8 Comments on "Capacity Exemption Granted, 26 MoCo Businesses Allowed More Than 150 People Inside at Once"

  1. James II Tetlow | December 29, 2020 at 9:21 pm | Reply

    This is all so unnecessarily stupid. I have had enough. Of course big retailers get a pass. This is all an excuse to kill the little man.

    • Of course, and the list of contributors (uh businesses) is not available to the public, sounds communistic to me!

      • I could maybe see a grocery store, but Macy’s? What’s so necessary about Macy’s that they should be exempt? No one should be out browsing for clothes at this point anyway.

  2. Seeing people packed into aisles at Wegmans and crowded in the clearance racks at Macy’s makes these exemptions a bad idea – no matter how big the store, there will the areas that are more popular than others. It might be a 30,000 SQ foot store, but not everyone is going to be browsing the olives or the men’s suits. Having 90% of the store’s capacity crowded into a few areas defeats the purpose of having caps on the number of people to begin with. Plus, granting exemptions allows the pesky “they’re open, why can’t I be?” Arguments that tend to crop up with this stuff. Big retailers should not be allowed leeway that smaller businesses are not.

  3. Absolute BS. Let the restaurants open up and continue to social distance guests, clean and staff wear masks.

    • If there’s a space requirement it should apply to everyone and every business equally! This makes no sense. Why are restaurants punished when they are following restrictions? Everyone knows grocery stores are the most dangerous place to be. Every time I go into one there are people crowding around and not wearing masks. Elrich said he was going to apply same rules to big box stores, shockingly that’s not the case. So much for equality in MoCo. AND DONT WE HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW DETAILS? Censorship!

  4. I work on some of this big retail store and they are not following CDC guidelines, they put back returned merchandise for resale the minute the customer who made the returned leave, they let new customers smell the returned fragrance, Restaurants don’t expose people Retails do.

  5. The link to the Bethesda Beat article in the original post has the updated list of exempt retail establishments. For those who are too lazy to go read the article, here is the list:

    • Saks Fifth Avenue in Chevy Chase
    • Wegmans Food Markets in Germantown
    • Bed Bath & Beyond in Rockville
    • Walmart in Germantown
    • Dick’s Sporting Goods in Gaithersburg
    • Dick’s Sporting Goods in Wheaton
    • JCPenney in Wheaton
    • Target in Germantown
    • Target in Calverton
    • Target in Gaithersburg
    • Target in Wheaton
    • Target in Bethesda (5700 Bou Ave.)
    • Target in Bethesda (6831 Wisconsin Ave.)
    • The Home Depot in Aspen Hill (temporarily approved pending further information)
    • Giant Food (26 stores)
    • Safeway
    • Lowe’s
    • Macy’s
    • Burlington
    • Bloomingdale’s
    • Kohl’s
    • Weis Markets
    • Costco Wholesale
    • Harris Teeter
    • Sam’s Club (awaiting additional information)

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