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Novel Coronavirus Information
The City continues to monitor the situation and provide updates for emergency assistance, resources and volunteer opportunities.
The City continues to actively monitor the current public health crisis and we are working with county and state agencies to help protect the safety of our residents and employees. We also continue to help coordinate and communicate resources for all of those impacted by the pandemic, including individuals, families and businesses. Please be our partner by adhering to all government orders.
- On May 15, 2020, Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich issued a Stay at Home Executive Order for Montgomery County after the State’s order expired. On May 15, 2020, Governor Larry Hogan’s Safer at Home Public Health Advisory replaced the previous Maryland Stay at Home Order. The Advisory allows for gradual reopening of retail, manufacturing, houses of worship, and some personal services, but gives local jurisdictions the authority to remain closed. Elrich and Montgomery County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles, have stated that local health data does not yet indicate that it is safe to move towards reopening. The loosened restrictions will not apply in Montgomery County while the Stay at Home Order is in place.
- Note that recreational activities including individual and small group sports such as golf, tennis, and similar activities; outdoor fitness instruction; recreational fishing and hunting; recreational boating; and horseback riding, are allowed. Gaithersburg parks are open for leisure activity, but playground equipment will continue to remain closed. Residents must continue to follow public health guidance and practice physical distancing.
- If you must go out, note that cloth face coverings are required in stores and on public transportation, and you should continue to practice proper hygiene and keep at least 6 feet away from others.
Please rely on trusted sources for the most up-to-date information about coronavirus.
The situation is being monitored daily, and decisions will be communicated about facility closures and program cancellations as they are made. Updates will be made on the City’s website and on Facebook and Twitter @GburgMD.
- Additions to the Emergency Assistance & Community Support page: MD Dept. of Health Testing Dashboard; free mental health class; Economic Impact Payments for those experiencing homelessness; ban on eviction filings to be lifted July 25; businesses reporting no taxes should use Business TeleFile. (updated 5/26/2020)
- Gaithersburg CARES Hub now accepting donations & referrals for area households with family members recovering from COVID-19. (posted 5/20/2020)
- The Stay at Home Executive Order continues for Montgomery County.
- City facilities remain closed & most City services are curtailed until at least May 31, 2020. (updated 5/12/2020)
- City playgrounds remain closed by order of the Montgomery County Health Department. (updated 5/15/2020)
- Report gathering & social distance violations to 301-279-8000. (updated 4/20/2020)
- Governor requires cloth face coverings in grocery, pharmacy and retail stores and on public transportation effective April 18 (updated 4/16/2020)
|Special Thank You from the Mayor & City Council|
The City is committed to adhering to the stringent guidelines necessary to help slow the spread of infection. The following changes, cancellations and modifications are in place through at least May 31, 2020.
As of March 17, the City has closed all buildings to public access and discontinued all appointment services. Only City staff needed to perform important and/or timely functions will be allowed in buildings.
|Park, Pavilion & Playground Restrictions|
In addition to walking, running, hiking, and biking, permitted outdoor activities under Governor’s Hogan’s amended Stay at Home Order, issued on May 6, 2020, now include small group sports such as golf and tennis. These must be done in compliance with the Order, following proper social distancing guidelines as issued by the CDC and the Maryland Department of Health.
- It is best to only exercise by yourself or with members of your household.
- Practice proper hygiene and 6-foot social distancing at all times.
- Playground equipment must not be used. Coronavirus can live on certain surfaces for several days.
- By law, no gatherings in excess of 10 people are allowed, and for maximum safety, social distancing should still be practiced within the group.
- Do not participate in group sports or activities involving physical contact.
Report violations to the Police Non-Emergency Line: 301-279-8000
All in-person services have been suspended through at least May 31, 2020. We encourage the public to utilize the City’s website for online services. Note that some services may not be available and response times may be delayed due to limited employee coverage. Your patience & understanding are appreciated.
Planning & Code Procedures
- Animal Control - Report life-threatening animal control concerns to 301-279-8000 or 240-773-5230.
- Fire Protection & Fire Code inspections
- Neighborhood Services
- Permitting & Inspections
- Planning Services
Public Works Collections
Recycling will be collected as scheduled. Bulk pick up collection will resume June 1, 2020. Spring loose leaf collection will be rescheduled. Requests for new or replacement recycling containers will be delivered when Public Works resumes operations.
Composting at the City’s centralized drop-off location on Rabbitt Road is reopened as of May 20.
|Events & Activities|
There will be no public events, programs, classes, sports, performances, or non-essential meetings through at least May 31, 2020.
By order of the Montgomery County Health Department, public & private pools will not open Memorial Day Weekend.
Recreation Program Updates for Summer Season
Traditional summer camp programming is cancelled. We are continuing to explore the possibility of alternative summer programming. More information on summer camps programs.
Arts Barn spring term (May through mid-June) classes & workshops are cancelled.
Due to the closure of MCPS facilities Creative Tot Time sessions are cancelled.
Regular Meetings of the Mayor & City Council, Planning Commission, Board of Appeals& Historic District Commission will be held only if necessary. They will be closed to the public. The public can access sessions via virtual / remote access online and by phone. Instructions on how to view meetings online will be posted 24 hours prior to the meeting at www.gaithersburgmd.gov/virtual. Instructions on how to listen to the meeting by phone will be available 24 hours prior to the meeting at 240-805-1199.
|Emergency Assistance, Resources & Volunteer Opportunities|
We have created a web page with resources for those who need assistance and those who are eager to help. We will update it as more resources and opportunities become available.