Montgomery County Update: Indoor Mask Mandate Ended, But Caution Still Advised

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October 21, 2021 | Bookmark and Share
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County Executive Marc Elrich announces the County has entered "Moderate Transmission," while reminding us to remain vigilant. He provides an update on the County’s COVID-19 vaccination status including Booster shots and preparing for shots for children ages 5 through 11. County Executive Elrich also highlights his partnership with members of the County Council in the Guaranteed Income Pilot; his discussion on Critical Race Theory; and his gratitude for the venerable work of departing County DEP Director Adam Ortiz. Finally, County Executive Elrich reminds that October is National Down Syndrome Awareness Month - a subject near and dear to his heart. 

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Montgomery County Lifts Its Indoor Mask Requirement After Achieving Seven Consecutive Days of ‘Moderate’ COVID-19 Transmission

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Montgomery County suspended its mandate requiring masks or face coverings indoors in locations accessible to the public on Thursday, Oct. 28, after James Bridgers, the acting County health officer, announced that it achieved seven consecutive days of “moderate transmission” of COVID-19.

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County Now Providing COVID-19 Booster Shots for Additional Groups After CDC Approves Boosters for Some Moderna and Johnson & Johnson Recipients

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The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services is now providing booster shots to an expanded group of eligible residents. The County is offering the boosters based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated authorization of booster doses. The new eligibility guideline includes certain people who have previously received the Moderna vaccine, and most people who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine,

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COVID-19 Information Portal Has Statistics on the Virus Including Infections and Vaccinations Given by Zip Codes  

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Montgomery County’s COVID-19 Information Portal provides a variety of breakdowns on how the virus has impacted the County. The statistics are updated to reflect the most recent reports from the State of Maryland during the health crisis. Among the information available is how many positive cases have been reported in each zip code in the County.    

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County Executive Elrich, County Council Propose Special Appropriation of Nearly $2 Million to Help Fund ‘Guaranteed Income Pilot Program’

County Executive Elrich, County Council Propose Special Appropriation of Nearly $2 Million to Help Fund ‘Guaranteed Income Pilot Program’

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich joined County Council Vice President Gabe Albornoz and Councilmembers Will Jawando and Evan Glass on Oct. 26 to provide details of a proposed “Guaranteed Income Pilot Program” for Montgomery County residents. If a special appropriation is approved by the Council to create the program, it would begin in 2022 and provide direct cash payments of $800 per month to 300 County households for 24 months.

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Montgomery Parks Reinstates ‘Picnic in the Park’ Program to Allow Alcohol in 13 Parks

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The ‘Picnic in the Parks’ program that allows alcohol in certain parks has been reinstated byMontgomery Parks in 13 parks. The program was created to inspire park use in 2020 during the COVID-19 health crisis, but was suspended on July 1, 2021, in response to the end of the COVID-19 State of Emergency issued by the State of Maryland. 


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More Seasonal Fun Will Be Hosted by Montgomery Recreation

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Montgomery County Recreation is hosting family-friendly events to enjoy during the fall season. From free movies to swimming with pumpkins, events will be hosted at community recreation centers and aquatic facilities located throughout the County

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Halloween Special Events Set for This Weekend from Montgomery Parks   

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Fall is filled with special events from Montgomery Parks. The wide range of events will include riding on the Halloween Eye Spy Trains Spooktacular activities at the Halloween 5K Haunted Hustle or Nightmare on Elm Street.     

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‘Be Seen on Halloween’ Safety Tips Will Be Emphasized This Weekend, Including at Several Family Friendly Halloween Events

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Montgomery County’s Department of Transportation wants to ensure that trick or treaters have a safe and fun Halloween, particularly since it will be dark during many of the festivities.

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‘HalloWheaton’ on Marian Fryer Plaza in Downtown Wheaton Will Feature Many Free Fun Events on Saturday, Oct. 30


‘HalloWheaton’ a free, fun for all ages event, will take place at the new Marian Fryer Town Plaza in Downtown Wheaton from noon-4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30.

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Montgomery County’s Alcohol Beverage Services Opens New Flagship Store in Potomac

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Montgomery County’s Department of Alcohol Beverage Services has opened a new retail concept and flagship store, Oak Barrel & Vine, in the Cabin John Village Shopping Center in Potomac. The store had its grand opening on Oct. 27.

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Commission on Veterans Affairs Seeking Additions to Its Virtual Tribute to County Veterans as Veterans Day Approaches on Nov. 11

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Montgomery County’s Commission on Veterans Affairs is paying tribute to County veterans through a virtual “Tribute to Montgomery County Veterans” website. As Veterans Day approaches on Thursday, Nov. 11, the commission wants to add tributes to the site.

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Corridor Advisory Committee Seeks Feedback on Veirs Mill Road Bus Rapid Transit/Flash Bus, System Expansion in Virtual Meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 10


Montgomery County’s Corridor Advisory Committee will hold a virtual meeting from 6:30-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 10, to provide an update and seek feedback on the future Veirs Mill Road Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)/Flash Bus project.

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Free Online Workshops Available in November for Job Seekers and Entrepreneurs


Free online workshops and one-on-one sessions geared toward assisting job seekers and entrepreneurs are available throughout November. Montgomery County Public Libraries is sponsoring the programs.

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Building Owners Wanting County LEED Certification Tax Credit Must Submit ‘Intent to Apply Application’ by Jan. 1

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Building owners interested in pursuing Montgomery County’s property tax credit for LEED certified commercial and multifamily buildings are reminded by the County’s Department of Environmental Protection and Department of Finance that they must submit applications for the credit, or notify the County of their intent to apply, by Jan. 1.

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