County Will Move to Phase 2 Reopening on Friday, June 19

Montgomery County will move to Phase 2 of its planned reopening at 5 p.m. Friday, June 19, County Executive Marc Elrich announced.

“Phase 2 allows additional businesses and activities to start and/or increase modified operations under specified guidelines,” according to the press release.

However, certain businesses and services will remain shuttered under this phase, including:

  • Concerts and theaters
  • Senior centers
  • Libraries, and
  • Recreation facilities.

Major openings of facilities and services that had been closed, or will be allowed significant changes in operations, include:

  • Gyms, fitness centers, and other indoor physical activities, open with requirements
  • Houses of worship, limited indoor and outdoor services with requirements
  • Indoor and outdoor gatherings, limited to a maximum of 50, or one person/family unit per 200 sq. ft., whichever is lower
  • Indoor and outdoor pools (public and private), open with capacity restrictions
  • Office spaces and multitenant commercial buildings, limited use for nonessential personnel with requirements
  • Playgrounds open with requirements
  • Restaurants, limited indoor dining with up to 50 percent capacity maximum indoors, if social distancing can be maintained, and
  • Retail limited in-store, one patron per 200 sq. ft. of sales space

The reopening is spelled out in Executive Order 082-20, Covid-19 Local Order – Phase 2.

The County Council plans to hold a virtual public hearing and vote on the order this morning, according to a press release. If the council approves the order, they will also approve it as a Board of Health Regulation (sitting as the Board of Health).

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