May 26, 2021

Updated COVID-19 Guidelines Go into Effect on Friday, May 28

Montgomery County’s progress in getting residents to receive COVID-19 vaccines will put new guidelines into effect starting at 6 a.m. on Friday, May 28. The new guidelines will be implemented as a result of agreements made between the County Council and County Executive Marc Elrich, based on consultations with County health officials.

The County established procedures that would allow full reopening in line with State of Maryland guidelines two weeks after 60 percent of all County residents had received at least one dose of a vaccine and at least 50 percent of residents had been fully vaccinated. Those thresholds were previously reached. Starting Friday, the County will also lift most capacity and distancing restrictions for indoor and outdoor businesses and venues.

Updated face covering guidance that will go into effect on Friday, May 28, 6 a.m.
    Face coverings must be worn inside:
    • Public transportation
    • Schools
    • Childcare facilities
    • Youth camps
    • Health care settings
    • County owned and operated buildings
    Face coverings are recommended:
    • Indoor and outdoors for people 2 years and older who are not fully vaccinated, particularly when physical distancing cannot be maintained.
    • Outdoors at childcare, school, and camp programs, and during outdoor offsite activities (e.g. field trips) when physical distancing cannot be maintained for staff, essential visitors, and children 2 years and older.