BREAKING: Montgomery County Phase 2 Reopening Will Begin Friday

Montgomery County announced that Phase 2 of reopening will begin this Friday, June 19 at 5 p.m.

This next step includes indoor retail services and restaurant seating, and childcare services with restrictions.

The following will be allowed: 

Retail: Curbside, one person per 200 sq. ft indoors
Restaurants: Outdoor seating, and 50 percent indoor capacity if distancing is possible
Childcare: Can reopen with no more than 15 people per classroom
Gyms/fitness centers: Can reopen with one person per 200 sq. ft
Houses of worship: Indoor and outdoor with one person/family per 200 sq. ft, and drive-in
Gatherings: Either a maximum of 50 people, or one person/family per 200 sq. ft, whichever one is lower
Hair/nails: All personal services can restart with appointments only, one person per 200 sq. ft
Car washes: Internal and exterior cleaning with requirements
Offices/multi-tenant commercial buildings: Limited use for nonessential workers
Pools: Indoor and outdoor open with capacity restrictions
Outdoor camps: Expanded opening
Outdoor youth sports: Expanded opening for low-contact sports
Parks/playgrounds: Parks open for exercise and fitness classes with requirements, playgrounds can reopen with requirements, low-contact sports only
Ride On bus: Expanded schedule and routes

The following will remain closed: concerts, theaters, senior centers, libraries and recreation facilities. The county said positive COVID-19 metrics have allowed for the move to Phase 2. These include decreasing numbers in daily new cases and a declining hospitalization rate. 

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Maryam Shahzad

About Maryam Shahzad

Maryam is a reporter with Montgomery Community Media. She graduated from the University of Maryland in 2019 with a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism. Previously, she was an intern with MCM. She can be reached at or on Twitter @maryam_mcm.


5 Responses to “BREAKING: Montgomery County Phase 2 Reopening Will Begin Friday”

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    On June 15, 2020 at 6:28 pm responded with... #

    The MOCO government just can’t let people be.
    What a joke, especially when it comes to gyms.
    Just get the heck outta people’s way and let us live as normal again. Seems the Democrats just don’t wanna give up that power of controlling everybody’s lives and that of businesses.
    REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER: It is the Democrats who have taken control of your life now. You are now the slaves for this Democrat plantation. OBEY your overseers ….

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    On June 16, 2020 at 12:09 am responded with... #

    Oh shut up. Republicans always trying to push their agenda. You won’t be talking all this shit if u get covid. We can’t go back to normal! Not yet anyways. Ignorance really is bliss, huh?

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    On June 16, 2020 at 8:21 am responded with... #

    We’re in a Pandemic! Our lives will never be the same, again! People that think the way you do, is why this horrible situation, will never subside! There are precautions in place, for a reason. Please don’t keep this cavalier attitude & continue to add to this problem. I’m praying God will open your eyes to the reality, of what we’re all dealing w/ & that you or anyone in your family, doesn’t get the virus!

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    On June 20, 2020 at 1:56 pm responded with... #

    I absolutely agree with the first post. Democrats are having the time of their lives! I am moving to Florida. This is just a dress rehearsal for things to come. Now that the power hungry fascist Democrats have a taste of ultimate power they will stop at nothing. But riots with millions of people on top of eachother are cool! Thousands in Walmart are great! But I can’t go to the gym without wearing a mask. Stay home hon safer that way! Send me my government check so I will be forever dependent on government and vote dem for life. My mother died waiting for a hip replacement two weeks ago. Love you libs wear your mask!

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