County to Begin Accepting Reservations for Some School Facilities

The county will open all purpose rooms/cafeterias and gyms in county schools for weekend use only from June 20 through Aug. 15, the Office of Community Use of Public Facilities announced. CUPF will begin accepting requests for reservations through ActiveMontgomery at 8:30 a.m. Friday, June 11.

County Announces Memorial Day Schedule Changes

Memorial Day Schedule for County Facilities Released

The county has released schedule changes that will be in effect on Memorial Day Monday, May 31. County and state offices, state courts and county libraries will be closed, as will the Brookside Nature Center.

County Now Fully Reopened as of 6 a.m. Today

Montgomery County is now fully reopened, with all local health orders and their restrictions lifted as of 6 a.m. this morning. There are no longer any county pandemic-related limits on capacity or distancing, though residents are still subject to certain requirements from the state.

Parks to Ask for Extension of Directive Allowing Alcohol in Certain Parks

The county’s Planning Board will be asked to renew the Temporary Suspension of Alcohol Prohibition in Designated Parks at the commission’s Thursday, May 27 meeting, according to a press release from Montgomery Parks. The temporary directive was part of a pilot program enacted on Sept. 24, 2020, which suspended the prohibition of alcohol in nine Montgomery Parks, which is set to expire May 31.

Governor Signs Law Extending Alcohol Take Out, Delivery Provisions

County restaurants, bars and taverns with off-premise liquor licenses will be allowed to continue to sell mixed drinks or cocktails for take out or delivery under the terms of a law signed last week by Gov. Larry Hogan (R). The law is effective July 1 and will permit the sale of these beverages until June 30, 2023.

Applications Now Accepted for Third Round of Restaurant Relief Grants

The Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation is now accepting applications from county restaurants for a third round of grants to help those businesses survive the pandemic. The County Council has authorized another $3.8 million appropriation from the state to MCEDC.

Patterson Reappointed to Second Term on Planning Board

The County Council has reappointed Commissioner Tina Patterson to the Montgomery County Planning Board for a second term, recognizing Patterson’s experience in alternative dispute resolution, commitment to economic development and the parks system, as well as her work on racial equity and social justice issues.