Masks are required in all public spaces of all businesses, and all outdoor locations where physical distancing cannot be enforced.
Under the current emergency order, Marylanders MUST limit all travel to essential purposes only. Any Marylander returning from out-of-state or any out-of-state traveler should either get tested for COVID-19 promptly upon arrival in Maryland or within 72 hours before travel to Maryland. A list of testing sites can be found here.
For more information on County Executive Marc Erlich’s guidelines, click here.
Governor Hogan recently announced that hospitals and nursing homes would begin to open up for visitation in the near future. For more information on the Governor’s Executive Orders, click here.
For information on the reopening of schools in Spring 2021, click here.
If you are eligible for a vaccination under Phase 1 (tier A, B, or C), you may now preregister for an appointment through the Montgomery County Vaccine Portal.
NOTE: If you are not yet eligible, you will be turned away until it is your turn. Hundreds were turned away at Richard Montgomery High School because they were ineligible– causing long lines in freezing cold weather. DO NOT share links to sign up for vaccinations! Please be patient!
If you are unsure of your category, detailed information can be found in the chart below and on the MoCo Vaccine Portal.
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- My Nonprofit, Interest-Free, Micro Bridge Loan Account (NIMBL) legislation created a program to provide short-term loans to support nonprofits that have qualified for a government grant but are waiting for the pledged funding. You can apply through the State Department of Commerce for an interest-free loan of up to $25,000.
- Artists are among those most acutely affected by the Stay-at-Home orders. There is a national initiative– Artist Relief, which distributes $5,000 grants to artists facing financial hardships due to COVID-19.
- If you are interested in donating to this fund, contributions of any amount will help support more artists.
- Gaithersburg Emergency Microgrant (GEM) Program is now accepting applications for businesses located in the City of Gaithersburg.
Here are some helpful resources, webinars, training, etc. to guide you during these challenging times:
- Nonprofit Tech for Good –Global Trends in Giving Survey
- Maryland Department of Commerce – Guidance for Small Businesses and Nonprofits
- Maryland Nonprofits – Webinars
- Maryland Nonprofits – COVID-19 Resources
- National Council of Nonprofits – COVID-19 Information
- Nonprofit Montgomery – Webinars
- U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship – CARES Act Summary
Unemployment Insurance: Information about unemployment insurance can be found through the Maryland Department of Labor. This application will soon be open to independent contractors. You can sign up to receive an e-mail when this becomes available. Remember, you must file for unemployment insurance in the State that you work. All residents are encouraged to file their unemployment claim online. If you have any questions about unemployment insurance, email Ui.firstname.lastname@example.org to avoid a long wait over the phone. We’d like to help as well– please consider filling out our Unemployment Assistance Form.
Medicare Advantage Plans: Resources for Seniors who need medical care can be found on the Paying for Senior Care website.
Housing Assistance: For assistance with emergency shelter or rent/mortgage payments, the Maryland 2-1-1 Database has a catalog of resources to help you. There are many organizations that have been working to create materials to help renters understand their rights during the National CDC Housing Moratorium. Listed below are just some of the organizations that are putting out information.
The National Low-Income Housing Coalition: A renter’s FAQs can be found on its website which is applicable nationally. They also have translated the Declaration Form into several languages including Arabic, Mandarin, English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
Tenant Rights: Many of us are struggling to make ends meet during these trying times. If you have questions or concerns regarding your rental property, you can contact your local Office of Landlord-Tenant Affairs (Montgomery County/Rockville/Gaithersburg) or the Montgomery County Department of Housing and Community Affairs (DHCA). You can also refer to these resources for additional information on your rights as a tenant and how to handle disputes:
For children who are experiencing homelessness there may be extra supports available through their school system. Homelessness can be defined as lacking a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. Encourage families to reach out to their local Homeless Education Coordinator/Liaison who may be able to offer support.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): You may receive SNAP benefits if you are unemployed, or work part-time/for low wages. Applications can be found here.
Alcoholics Anonymous: Meetings are being conducted virtually. Here is a list of numbers you can call for different group meetings.
Domestic Abuse: If you are experiencing abuse or threatening behavior, you can contact your closest rape crisis center. If you live in Montgomery County, contact the Victim Assistance and Sexual Assault Program or JCADA for confidential assistance.
Mental Health: It is important that you practice self-care during these challenging times. Healthline provides tips to take care of your mental well-being during the pandemic.
Suicide Prevention: As we practice social distancing to stop the spread, we must also remember to reach out to our friends and family. Take advantage of this time to call someone a loved one. You can find additional information at Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
Buy Local: It is essential that we support local businesses during this time of crisis. Consider ordering take-out from a local restaurant in Gaithersburg or Rockville, looking up local brewing companies to see where their products are sold, or doing your grocery shopping at Dawson’s Market!
COVID-19 Survivors: If you were infected with COVID-19 and have completely recovered, the Department of Health has created a COVID Connect page with ways that you can help the community.
Donating Blood: As a result of social distancing, there is a blood shortage across the country. If you are healthy and willing to donate, please consider making an appointment through the Red Cross, or locally at the NIH Clinical Center.
Personal Protective Equipment:
- Montgomery County is accepting donations of PPE (including handmade masks) at this time.
- Maryland Emergency Management Agency is also asking for PPE donations.
Volunteer Your Time:
- The Montgomery County Volunteer Center has a wide range of opportunities to help others in our area.
- If you are a medical or public health professional, consider registering for the Maryland Medical Reserve Corp.
- Help my friend, and District 17 resident, Cavanaugh Bell with his initiative to stock the LOVE is Greater Than COVID-19 Community Pantry.
- Volunteer for the Maryland Food Bank or Meals on Wheels.
- Center for Disease Control
- Latino Caucus
- Montgomery County
- Chambers of Commerce Resources
- Brain Pop
- Discovery Education
- Go Noodle – Indoor physical activities
- Kiddle – Kids version of Google
- Virtual Museum Tours – Article from Travel and Leisure can also be found here
- Khan Academy Math
- PBS Kids
- Nat Geo Kids
- Time Magazine Kids
- Virtual College Tours – For those who had to cancel their college visits
- Code Academy – Learn to Code for free!
- Mystery Science
- Story Online
- National Gallery of Art Kids Zone
- Councilmember Will Jawando’s Storytime
- Baltimore’s Virtual Rec Center
Updated February 18, 2021