Montgomery Update: Return to ‘Substantial Transmission’ Status Means Indoor Mask Mandate Will Be Reinstated

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November 18, 2021 | Bookmark and Share
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A Message from County Executive Marc Elrich

County Executive Marc Elrich

County Executive Marc Elrich warns of the effects of the surging number of COVID-19 cases as we approach the Thanksgiving holiday and highlights the County's vaccination efforts of 5- to 11-year-old-children and praises MCPS for its partnership. He discusses the County’s priorities for the coming legislative session; the County's transportation infrastructure needs; and the County's ongoing efforts to combat climate change. County Executive Elrich also highlights his continued push for affordable housing and ends with tips for a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

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County Regresses to ‘Substantial Transmission’ of COVID-19; Board of Health Reinstates Indoor Mask Mandate Starting on Saturday, Nov. 20

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Montgomery County returned this week to the status of “substantial transmission” of COVID-19 based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. The increase in cases has led the County Council, acting in its role as the County Board of Health, to again invoke its regulation mandating masks be worn indoors starting at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20.

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County Thanksgiving Parade Will Be Held Saturday, Nov. 20, in Downtown Silver Spring

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The Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade will usher in the holiday season on Saturday, Nov. 20, in Downtown Silver Spring. The parade kicks off at 10 a.m. with the sounds of marching bands, spinners with gold and orange hoops and streamers and Thanksgiving-themed costumes and units. The line of march also will include a 12-foot turkey. Brian van de Graaff, ABC7 meteorologist, will be returning as the parade emcee. 

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County Holiday Special Schedules for Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 25

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The Montgomery County Government will observe special schedules for the Thanksgiving Day holiday on Thursday, Nov. 25. In some cases, schedule changes will extend through the holiday weekend.

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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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Applications Due Friday, Nov. 19, for Funds to Assist County Small Businesses with Sales of Their Products and Services

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Montgomery County small businesses must submit applications by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 19, to be considered for the new “Online Sales and Telework Grant Program” to help them promote their products and services prior to the holiday shopping season.

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‘Kids Day Out’ Will Be Bigger, Better and Booming with Kid-Friendly Activities on Monday-Wednesday, Nov. 22-24

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Montgomery County Recreation is expanding “Kids Day Out” to provide a full day of programming from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 24. The special day will be added to half-day programs that were scheduled on Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 22 and 23.

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Silver Spring Arts and Entertainment District Will Be Filled with Holiday Happenings


The Silver Spring Arts and Entertainment District will have a season full of holiday events to enjoy this winter.

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Neighborhood Sun and Ameresco to Bring Nation’s Largest Community Solar Project to Montgomery

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The nation’s largest community solar farm, to be 100 percent dedicated to low-and moderate-income (LMI) residents, is coming to Montgomery County. The project’s partners, along with Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich and other County representatives, launched the project’s subscription campaign earlier this week.

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County Announces Small Business Accelerator Program in Partnership with M&T Bank

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The Montgomery County Office of Human Rights and M&T Bank are partnering to offer a new 10-week business accelerator program to small businesses based in the County. The program will teach early-stage and minority entrepreneurs the essentials of business planning, operations, credit building, digital communication and financial management.

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White’s Ferry Study Released by Montgomery and Loudoun Counties

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White’s Ferry is a historic cable ferry crossing the Potomac River, connecting Montgomery County in Maryland and Loudoun County in Virginia. It ceased operations on Dec. 28, 2020, following a Circuit Court opinion in a private lawsuit over the use of private land for the ferry landing in Virginia. A joint study to evaluate the long-term feasibility of the ferry service and to help identify possible alternatives and courses of action has been completed and is now available for review.

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Westfield Montgomery Mall and MCPS Join as Newest Partners in County’s Commercial Food Scraps Recycling Program

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The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commercial Food Scraps Recycling Partnership Program, the only program of its kind in the State of Maryland and in the metropolitan Washington region, continues to expand as Westfield Montgomery Mall and Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) have joined as its newest partners.

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Montgomery Parks Upcoming Events Include Opening of Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens and Gobbler Fun Run and Walk

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The annual Garden of Lights display at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton will open on Friday, Nov. 19, and remain open throughout the holiday season. The Gobbler Fun Run and Walk around Wheaton Regional Park will be held on Saturday, Nov. 20. Both are part of the winter calendar of events of Montgomery Parks.

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