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Statement from Montgomery County Council President Sidney Katz on Council operations

For Immediate Release: Friday, March 13, 2020

ROCKVILLE, Md., March 13, 2020—Council President Sidney Katz made the following statement related to Council operations in light of the COVID-19 virus and public health.      

“Protecting the public health and safety of all residents in Montgomery County and ensuring the continuity of local government are our top priorities, as we respond to the impacts of the COVID-19 virus. County leaders are united in meeting this challenge head on and will continue to conduct the business of the people, while we manage this national health emergency in our own community.”   

“On the guidance of Health Officer and Chief of Public Health Services Dr. Travis Gayles, there will be no public access to the Council Office Building from March 16 through March 27.  Exceptions will be made for members of the media and members of county government and outside agencies. Similar policies have been implemented by the Maryland General Assembly and the U.S. Congress, as all levels of government are dealing with the response to COVID-19.”  

Residents are encouraged to watch all Council meetings on County Cable Montgomery (CCM). The channel can be viewed on Cable Channels 996 (high definition) and 6 (standard definition) on Comcast; Channels 1056 (HD) and 6 (SD) on RCN; and Channel 30 on Verizon. The meetings are also available live via streaming through the Council web site at: and directly on the Council’s Facebook page (@MontgomeryCountyMDCouncil) and on YouTube (@MoCoCouncilMD).  

Community members who had signed up to testify at the Council’s public hearings on March 17 and March 24 will be individually contacted and asked to submit their public testimony electronically to the clerk’s office by 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 17.  There will also be a testimony collection box outside of the Council Office Building on the first floor at the Council’s public entrance next to the auditorium.      

Residents are always encouraged to email comments and concerns to the Council at or via mail at 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville, Md., 20850.  Residents can also call the Council at 240-777-7900.    

To get more information on COVID-19 and County government operations  visit: or call 311 for assistance.


Release ID: 20-094
Media Contact: Sonya Healy 240-777-7926 , Juan Jovel 240-777-7931