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City Closures & Cancellations

All City facilities are closed, all programs are cancelled, and all but the most essential of City services are curtailed through at least April 30, 2020.
      • Closure & Cancellation Information (Updated 3/27/2020 5 p.m.)
      • Emergency Assistance, Resources & Volunteer Opportunities (Updated 3/27/2020 3:22 p.m.)

 

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Coronavirus - Stay Home, Stay Safe, Stay Aware, Stay Calm

Novel Coronavirus Information

The City continues to actively monitor the situation and is providing updates for emergency assistance, resources and volunteer opportunities.
Post Date:03/13/2020 12:00 PM

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The City continues to actively monitor the coronavirus situation. We are coordinating with county and state health and emergency response agencies to proactively plan, prepare and respond as appropriate. We continue to encourage residents to be our partner by practicing good hygiene and avoiding contact with others if they feel ill.

In an attempt to try and slow down the spread of the disease, we encourage you to:

  • Avoid mass gatherings.
  • Avoid non-essential travel.
  • Stay away from others when you are sick. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid crowded areas or places where you might interact with people who are sick.
  • Keep distance between yourself and other people.

Please rely on trusted sources for the most up-to-date information about coronavirus, including what to do if you are experiencing symptoms. We encourage residents to visit the Montgomery County Health and Human Services website.

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.


Latest Updates

Statement from Mayor Ashman

 

City Status

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 April 30, 2020.

Facility Closures

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

City parks remain accessible for dog walking and for de-stressing outdoors. As in all places, please practice proper hygiene & social distancing.

Until further notice, there must be no more than 10 people at a time in our pavilions or in the fenced areas of our parks & fields.

Do not participate in group sports or activities involving physical contact.

Playground equipment should not be used. Coronavirus can live on certain surfaces for up to three days. The City cannot sanitize equipment nor can we enforce proper social distancing in our playgrounds.

City Services

All in-person services have been suspended through at least April 30, 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.

Report life-threatening animal control concerns to 301-279-8000 or 240-773-5230.

Recycling will be collected as scheduled.

Spring loose leaf collection will be rescheduled.

Bulk pick up is cancelled.

Composting at the City’s centralized drop-off location on Rabbitt Road is discontinued until further notice.

Events & Activities

There will be no public events, programs, classes, sports, performances, or non-essential meetings through at least April 30, 2020.

Legislative Meetings

Regular Meetings of the Mayor & City Council, Planning Commission, Board of Appeals and Historic District Commission will be held only if necessary. They will be closed to the public. Content of the Mayor & City Council meetings is tweeted in real time. All legislative meetings are aired live on the City’s cable channel, Comcast 13 and RCN/FiOS 25, on YouTube and in our Meeting Center.

To comment on Mayor & Council matters, email cityhall@gaithersburgmd.gov. To comment on the matters of the other three legislative bodies, email planning@gaithersburgmd.gov.

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.

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