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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.
- Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich announced that the County will begin Phase I reopenings as of 6 a.m. on Monday, June 1. Phase I incudes only outdoor seating at restaurants and bars; retail by curbside pick-up only; select hair services at salons and barber shops by appointment only; outdoor day camps and youth sports following Maryland Health Department guidelines; and some childcare services for dependents of select categories of employees. Pools, fitness centers, senior centers, restaurant interiors, movie theaters, shopping malls, and nail salons remain closed. View the full press release here.
- Protective measures such as maintaining physical distancing, careful cleaning and disinfecting by staff, and face coverings being worn by employees & customers, are just some of the measures being required of businesses that are in this initial phase of recovery.
- The City will require a temporary permit to allow for new or expanded outdoor dining areas and for parking spaces to be set aside for retail curbside pick-up. Details will be posted here.
- City facilities are being prepared for the return of employees the week of June 8, with the public allowed in under certain restrictions the week of June 15. All events & activities are cancelled through at least June 14.
- Gaithersburg parks are open for leisure activity, but playground equipment will continue to remain closed. Residents must continue to follow public health guidance & practice physical distancing.
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.
- The City of Gaithersburg is accepting Temporary Outdoor Seating for Restaurants and Curbside Pickup Permits for restaurants and retailers during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. (posted 5/29/2020)
- The Stay at Home Executive Order continues for Montgomery County through Sunday, May 30. Phase I reopenings begin 6 a.m. on Monday, June 1.
- City facilities remain closed & most services are curtailed until at least June 14, 2020. (updated 5/27/2020)
- Additions to the Emergency Assistance & Community Support page: Rental assistance for low income households (apply June 1 – 5); Financial stabilization program for microenterprise businesses (apply June 10 – 16). (updated 5/27/2020)
- Gaithersburg CARES Hub now accepting donations & referrals for area households with family members recovering from COVID-19. (posted 5/20/2020)
- 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|
All City facilities are closed, all programs are cancelled, and all but the most essential of City services are curtailed through at least June 14, 2020. The City is working to implement its Phased Service Restoration Plan, which will be announced to the public the week of June 8.
City facilities will remain closed to the public until at least June 14. The City is working to implement its Phased Service Restoration Plan, which will be announced to the public the week of June 8.
|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 June 14, 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. Curbside loose leaf collection will take place in the fall. 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 June 14, 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.