COVID-19 Update: Face Covering Health Order Starts Today

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April 13, 2020 |  Bookmark and Share

Message from County Executive Marc Elrich

mask video by County Executive Marc Elrich

As the days of COVID-19 turn to weeks, I understand how much more difficult this is becoming for our County residents, businesses and nonprofits.  I also want you to know your County government is here to help.   

For small businesses and nonprofit organizations, I wanted to remind you of the $20 million Public Health Emergency Grant (PHEG) program.   

The application process will open soon, and in the meantime, people can start collecting the paperwork and information needed for the application. I encourage everyone interested in applying for this loan, to get a jump start and be ready as soon as the application process opens later this week.  

The PHEG website provides information for businesses to prepare their grant applications.

For everyone’s health, our County’s new public health order requiring face coverings in grocery stores, pharmacies, farmers markets and big box retailers went into effect today.  

This order is in place to protect shoppers and employees from the spread of COVID-19. 

A face covering can be a homemade cloth covering, a scarf or bandana that snugly covers your mouth and nose.

I’m so happy to see people wearing face coverings out in public. I truly believe the more we all do this together, the faster we can stop the spread of this virus and get people out and back to work again.  

I made my own face covering from an old t-shirt and have this video to share with you.  We also have a shorter tutorial. Either way, making a face covering is pretty easy and you don’t need to sew!  Be safe everyone.  We’ll get through this…together.  

Marc Elrich

Marc Elrich, County Executive 


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CE Makes Face Covering

Helping the Hungry in Montgomery County Through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved Maryland’s request to issue emergency SNAP payments to currently enrolled households for April and May 2020. This means residents who receive SNAP benefits will receive the maximum amount allowed per month from April 1 through May 31.  

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Montgomery County Community Resources Webpage

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This carefully curated list of resources is for residents, individuals and families interested in information about support for food, employment, health insurance, housing and more.  

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renters help from DHCA

The Montgomery County Department of Housing and Community Affairs (DHCA) continues to provide services to residents and respond to all inquiries, even as our offices are closed to visitors. The link below has information on how to reach a DHCA staff person and how to send documents to DHCA. The link also provides:

  • Information for Homeowners
  • Information for Renters
  • Information for Landlords
  • Emergency Benefits and Supports
  • Changes in Housing Code Enforcement
  • Affordable Housing Resources
  • Filing for Unemployment Benefits
  • Maryland COVID-19 A-to-Z Resource Guide

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