October 25, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

County Maintains Moderate Transmission; Indoor Mask Mandate Could End Soon

Montgomery County reached CDC-defined moderate COVID-19 transmission last Thursday and officials said the county’s indoor mask mandate could end later this week. In early August, a county council resolution reinstated the mandate when the county reached CDC-defined substantial transmission. The mandate will end after the county maintains moderate transmission for seven consecutive days. According to […]

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August 24, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Maryland Board of Education Will Consider Statewide Mask Policy

During a meeting Tuesday, members of the Maryland Board of Education decided to consider an emergency regulation for a statewide in-school COVID-19 mask mandate. State Superintendent Mohammed Choudhury said he will try to determine if he can legally reject reopening plans from school systems that do not include masking. He said the state’s guidance to […]

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August 23, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Board of Education Meets Tuesday to Discuss Guidelines for Reopening Schools

In one week, 160,000 mask-wearing students return to Montgomery County’s 209 public schools, some for the first time in a year and a half. Another 2,300 students are enrolled in MCPS’ Virtual Academy. The school board will discuss details of the school start up Tuesday  at 1:15 p.m. An hour earlier, the meeting will be […]

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August 20, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Parents Concerned with COVID-19 Spread at Lunch; Urge MCPS to Create Specific Plans

Nearly 3,000 people, the vast majority describing themselves as parents or guardians, signed an on-line petition urging Montgomery County Public Schools to mandate a new detailed lunch policy that would enable students to eat outdoors. In its Aug. 13 recovery guide, MCPS stated it will “[e]ncourage the use of outdoor spaces for unmasked educational and […]

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August 11, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Elrich: Indoor Masks Must be Worn so Businesses Can Stay Open

Montgomery County will continue requiring indoor mask wearing until the number of coronavirus cases drop, and County Executive Marc Elrich believes residents can live with it as they did earlier for 18 months. “We are going to keep going ’til our numbers fit the CDC,” he said of the Centers for Disease Control, which recommends […]

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July 30, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

County May Restore Indoor Mask Mandate Per New CDC Recommendation  

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich has recommended the county reinstate the COVID-19 indoor mask mandate if the jurisdiction reaches what the CDC defines as “substantial transmission”: 50 new cases per 100,000 residents for seven days, which is about 525 new cases over a seven-day period for the county. According to a county release Friday, “The […]

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July 30, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Elrich Sets Benchmark for Reinstating Indoor Mask Mandate 

Update (2:15 p.m.): The county council, sitting as the Board of Health, will discuss and vote on the regulation next week on Thursday, Aug. 5 per a release from Montgomery County. Original (1:30 p.m.): Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich wants to reinstate the COVID-19 indoor mask mandate if the jurisdiction reaches what the CDC defines […]

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June 15, 2021 | Deirdre Byrne

Hogan to Lift Maryland’s State of Emergency for COVID-19 on July 1

Gov. Larry Hogan announced plans to lift Maryland’s state of emergency on July 1. The action would put an end to all the state’s mandates and restrictions related to COVID-19. Hogan declared the state of emergency on March 5, 2020—the same day he announced that three Montgomery County residents tested positive for coronavirus. Over the […]

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May 18, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

County Relaxing COVID-19 Restrictions but Still Working on Getting More Residents Vaccinated

As of May 28, there will be no capacity limits for outdoor gatherings and indoor gatherings will be limited to 250 people, explained Robert Drummer, senior legislative attorney. Face coverings will not be required when outdoors, and those who are fully vaccinated do not have to wear face coverings indoors except when in schools and […]

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April 28, 2021 | Michael Hernández

CDC: Fully Vaccinated People Can Now Unmask at Small Outdoor Gatherings

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new outdoor mask guidance on Tuesday for people who are fully vaccinated. According to these new CDC guidelines, people who are fully vaccinated do not need to wear masks in small outdoor gatherings. This includes people who have received both doses of the Moderna or Pfizer […]

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