- Masks are required in all public spaces of all businesses, and all outdoor locations where physical distancing cannot be enforced, regardless of vaccination status.
- A list of testing sites can be found here.
- Adults age 16 or older are now eligible for the COVID vaccine.
Vaccination Statistics: (as of May 12, 2021)
- 56.6% of Montgomery County residents (595,105) have received one shot.
- 44.0% of Montgomery County residents (462,236) are fully vaccinated.
- 5,351,130 doses have been administered across Maryland (65.1%).
- 2,432,761 Marylanders are fully vaccinated.
Montgomery County Phased Reopening
When 50% of the county population has received at least one dose…
- gathering limits increase to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors;
- businesses limited to 25% capacity move to 50% capacity if they do not sell or permit the consumption of food or drink;
- camps can move to the gathering limits of 50 indoors and 100 outdoors;
- sports move to 50 people indoors and 100 outdoors with a similar number of spectators; and
When 60% of the county population has received at least one dose…
- gathering limits increase to 250 people indoors and no limit outdoors;
- most businesses move to 75% capacity and may sell food and drink for consumption while seated;
- camps can increase to gathering limits of 250 people indoors and no limit outdoors and permit campers from outside the DMV;
- food service establishments may move to 75% of maximum capacity;
- religious facilities may move to 75% of maximum capacity;
- sports may increase capacity for participants and spectators to 250 people indoors and no limit outdoors; and
When 50% of the county population has been fully vaccinated…
- All conduct and business in the County must follow any State or MDH requirements in place at the time.
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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.
- Gaithersburg Emergency Microgrant (GEM) Program is now accepting applications for businesses located in the City of Gaithersburg.
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 Public Justice Center: A FAQ section can be found on its website with information about the CDC Eviction Order as it applies to MD.
- 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 support 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.
Updated May 12, 2021