60% of Residents Receive At Least One Dose of Vaccine, Triggering Next Phase of Reopening

Dr. Travis Gayles, the county’s health officer, officially informed the County Council yesterday that the county had reached the mark of 60% of the population with a least one dose of vaccine, triggering the second phase of reopening the county.

The County Council will today consider and vote on a Sixth Amended Board of Health Regulation to formalize the changes in pandemic restrictions.

The major changes, according to the council staff report, include:

  • Removing the capacity restrictions on outdoor gatherings and raise the capacity restrictions on indoor gatherings to 250 people
  • Allowing most businesses to move to 75% capacity and may sell food and drink for consumption while seated;
  • Allowing food service establishments and religious facilities to move to 75% of maximum capacity
  • Removing the requirement to wear a face covering when outdoors pursuant to recent Centers for Disease Control and state Department of Health guidance, and
  • Persons who are fully vaccinated would not need to wear a face covering while indoors except as required by the state, but persons who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear a face covering when indoors.

The state currently requires masks indoors, but will lift that restriction when at least 70% of Maryland adults receive at least one dose of the vaccine.

In addition, Gayles also certified on May 14 that 50% of Montgomery County residents have received all required doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

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In light of this information, the amended regulation would be automatically rescinded at 6 a.m. on May 28, when that 50% will be fully vaccinated. At that point, the county will be fully reopened and residents will be asked to follow any state guidelines that are in place.

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