3/12 (3:32pm) Update: The Montgomery County Council has approved the proposed changes, effective at 5pm today.
MoCo’s Proposed Response to State Restrictions Being Lifted
The County Council will meet today at 1:30PM for a public hearing on the Board of Health Regulation proposed yesterday by County Executive Marc Elrich.
A vote is expected to take place immediately following the hearing.
Below are details on the new proposed restrictions:
“The proposed BOH Regulation would continue restrictions greater than the Governor’s restrictions but loosen the restrictions imposed by the Local Order currently in effect,”
The proposed Board of Health Regulation would make the following changes from current
1. remove all local restrictions on childcare facilities and therefore require them to
follow State requirements;
2. changes maximum capacity to align with fire or other occupancy permit;
3. increase outdoor gatherings to a maximum of 50 persons;
4. increase indoor gatherings to a maximum of 25 persons;
5. remove the 1 person per 200 square feet of space limits;
6. remove the alcohol limits on food service facilities;
7. remove the restriction on buffet service for food service facilities;
8. remove outdoor structure requirements for food service facilities;
9. permit food courts in malls to operate in the same manner as other food service
10. increase capacity for religious facilities to 50%;
11. permit arts and entertainment facilities to open at 25% capacity on March 26, 2021
provided they do not sell or permit food for consumption in the facility;
12. on March 26, 2021, the capacity limits for indoor dining at food service facilities,
fitness centers, bowling alleys, escape rooms, museums and art galleries, personal
services facilities, pools, retail establishments, and recreation centers increases from 25% to 50%.