Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich Announces Phase 2 Reopening Date

Montgomery County Re-Opens Retail Stores And Outdoor Dining In Easing Of COVID-19 Rules

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich and County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles today announced the County will officially enter Phase 2 of the reopen process on Friday, June 19 at 5 p.m.

Phase 2 includes:  

  • Retail - curbside and limited in-store; one patron per 200 sq. ft. of sales space;
  • Restaurants - outdoor/patio seating and limited indoor dining with requirements; up to 50 percent capacity maximum indoors if social distancing can be maintained;
  • Childcare –Maryland State Department of Education allows all child care programs to reopen with recommended health and safety precautions and social distancing measures;
  • Gyms - fitness centers, and other indoor physical activities; open with requirements; one patron per 200 sq. ft. of fitness space;
  • Houses of Worship - virtual, drive-in, and limited indoor and outdoor services with requirements - one congregant/family unit per 200 sq. ft. of service space;
  • Indoor and Outdoor Gatherings - limited to a maximum of 50 or one person/family unit per 200 sq. ft., whichever is lower
  • Salons/Barbers/Nails - all personal services allowed by appointment only; one patron per 200 sq. ft. of service delivery space;
  • Car Washes - open for internal and external cleaning with requirements;
  • Office Spaces and Multi-tenant Commercial Buildings - limited use for nonessential personnel with requirements; telework strongly encouraged where applicable;
  • Indoor and Outdoor pools (public and private) – open with capacity restrictions;
  • Outdoor Day Camps - expanded opening with requirements;
  • Outdoor Youth Sports - expanded for low-contact sports with requirements;
  • Parks & Playgrounds - parks open for personal fitness and fitness classes with requirements; playgrounds open with requirements; only low-contact sports allowed; and
  • Ride On Bus Service - expanded schedule; expanded routes.

The above is in addition to the outdoor recreation activities and facilities that were outlined in Phase 1.

Some businesses and services will remain closed in Phase 2:

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

Employees and patrons should still practice proper social distancing protocols as well as disinfecting measures. Employees and customers are also required to wear face masks.

should still be practiced as well as careful cleaning and disinfecting. Masks should also be worn by employees and customers.

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