MoCo Will Enter Phase 2 on Friday, June 19th

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich and County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles today announced the County has achieved its benchmarks and will officially enter Phase 2 of reopening on Friday, June 19 at 5 p.m.

The County plans to continue with an incremental reopening, based on public health data. Phase 2 allows additional businesses and activities to start and/or increase modified operations under specified guidelines. The guidelines include:

  • Retail – curbside and limited in-store; one patron per 200 sq. ft. of sales space;
  • Restaurants – outdoor/patio seating and limited indoor dining with requirements; up to 50 percent capacity maximum indoors if social distancing can be maintained;
  • Childcare – childcare programs can reopen with a maximum of 15 individuals per classroom;
  • Gyms – fitness centers, and other indoor physical activities; open with requirements; one patron per 200 sq. ft. of fitness space;
  • Houses of Worship – virtual, drive-in, and limited indoor and outdoor services with requirements – one congregant/family unit per 200 sq. ft. of service space;
  • Indoor and Outdoor Gatherings – limited to a maximum of 50 or one person/family unit per 200 sq. ft., whichever is lower
  • Salons/Barbers/Nails – all personal services allowed by appointment only; one patron per 200 sq. ft. of service delivery space;
  • Car Washes – open for internal and external cleaning with requirements;
  • Office Spaces and Multi-tenant Commercial Buildings – limited use for nonessential personnel with requirements; telework strongly encouraged where applicable;
  • Indoor and Outdoor pools (public and private) – open with capacity restrictions;
  • Outdoor Day Camps – expanded opening with requirements;
  • Outdoor Youth Sports – expanded for low-contact sports with requirements;
  • Parks & Playgrounds – parks open for personal fitness and fitness classes with requirements; playgrounds open with requirements; only low-contact sports allowed; and
  • Ride On Bus Service – expanded schedule; expanded routes.

Certain outdoor recreation activities and facilities are already permitted: golf courses, archery, shooting ranges, marinas, campgrounds, horseback riding facilities and tennis courts.

The following businesses and services will remain closed in Phase 2:

  • Concerts and theaters;
  • Senior centers;
  • Libraries; and
  • Recreation facilities.

Full press release available here.

3 Comments on "MoCo Will Enter Phase 2 on Friday, June 19th"

  1. Darlynn faucet | June 16, 2020 at 5:22 am | Reply

    What about funerals and amazement parks?

  2. Long established businesses in this county are shutting their doors permanently, and the County is letting that happen? Why is the County not providing the funds necessary to keep them alive?

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