MoCo Executive Marc Elrich Sends Executive Order that Would Reopen Indoor Dining at 25% Capacity

by MCS Staff

UPDATE, 2/8:

We spoke with Councilmember Evan Glass who told us that the executive order will be introduced and voted on in tomorrow’s county council meeting (Tuesday, 2/9).

Some updates have been made, including the order going into effect on Sunday morning rather than Tuesday evening (if approved).

The previously mentioned 60 minute dining limit has also been extended to 90 minutes.

MoCo Executive Marc Elrich Sends Executive Order that Would Reopen Indoor Dining at 25% Capacity

In a tweet sent out this evening, Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich announced that he sent an executive order to the Montgomery County Council that would reopen indoor dining at 25% capacity.

“With #COVID19 case numbers trending downward, I sent an Executive Order to the @MoCoCouncilMD that would reopen indoor dining at 25% capacity. However, we must continue to #MaskUpMoCo and maintain physical distance. Please stay vigilant!”

Marc Elrich @MontCoExec

WTOP’s Kate Ryan tweeted the following in regards to indoor dining, from today’s Montgomery County Council meeting.

County Councilmember, Will Jawando:

“I feel like I’m in the Twilight Zone here” says @willjawando who asks, “you’re talking about sending over an EO” to ease restrictions on indoor dining? “I’m not supporting it” he says of any ease on current restrictions.

Director of Montgomery County’s Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Dr. Earl Stoddard:

“From a public health perspective, it’s not a safe activity” re: indoor dining. But says there has to be a balance with economic pressures. But bottom line, he repeats, not safe.

The executive order would have to be approved by the county council before going into effect.

Marc Elrich, Dr. Travis Gayles, and Dr. Earl Stoddard will meet with reporters virtually tomorrow to provide Covid-19 updates.


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Mirko February 2, 2021 - 8:12 pm

Finally, Elrich doing something good for once.

jennifer chen February 2, 2021 - 10:44 pm

if you dont open indoor dining we cant inside anymore we have to eat in cold for the rest of our lives till twenty twenty two my friends are pist about it

Dr. Steven Blanken February 2, 2021 - 11:16 pm

When will youth hockey be allowed where kids still play with masks?

Kathy coffman February 3, 2021 - 9:41 am

Agree, hockey should be open. Kids are masked and covered in full gear. I think the local hockey rinks have done an amazing job keeping everyone safe.

Jason Hubbarth February 3, 2021 - 12:04 am

Here’s some hard data…
MD population 2020 – 5.7 million
SC population 2020 – 5.3 million
Total MD covid deaths – 7100
Total SC covid deaths – 7200
Besides their obvious demographic similarities, why compare these two states? Except for a few weeks in April, South Carolina has remained open and businesses are alive and well. My brother has a brewery in Rock Hill, SC. They’re not only thriving, they’ve opened another location during Covid-19. Anybody hearing stories of our local small businesses thriving during the pandemic?? Obviously not because our County’s alarmist policies have directly prevented it. Enough fear mongering, we have the data to make informed policy based on real numbers. Please check my data. It took me about 5 minutes to find these numbers. They’ve had 11 months. What’s their excuse?

Laurie Banach February 3, 2021 - 9:48 am

When will the County prioritize getting our children back to school over business and politics?

Brian Armitage February 3, 2021 - 12:24 pm

When is the vote?

Mirko February 3, 2021 - 1:47 pm

Laurie, The schools will reopen because the teachers are getting the vaccines. Do you like eating in freezing cold temperatures?

Charlotte February 3, 2021 - 11:20 pm

I am a bartender that has been temporarily furloughed because of restrictions since December 15th. I have made $0 in the past 6 weeks. The MD DOL owes me $5,000 that is on hold for “unresolved issues,” and I recently read that over 40,000 people in Maryland are in the exact same situation. Many people in Moco are getting their cars repoed and their phones cut off. People are going hungry and facing housing insecurity. If they are going to continue to keep people out of work, they need to fix the broken UI system. Restaurant workers and business owners deserve so much better.


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