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​Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich Supports Extending COVID-19 School Closures; Recreation, Library Facilities to Remain Shut Down

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich issued a statement in support of the announcement by State Superintendent of Schools Karen Salmon to extend the closure of all Maryland public schools.

“I appreciate the State’s decision extending school closures until April 24. I know this is difficult for everyone involved – for parents, students, teachers, administrators, and our community as a whole,” said County Executive Elrich. “I want people to know that we will continue working with the State and the school system to provide resources, as much as possible, to help our students continue learning during this time. I urge everyone to be patient as we work through the various challenges. Our teams are working on solutions, but it takes time and it won’t be perfect.  I want to repeat how important it is that we continue maintaining physical distance even outside; stay home as much as possible and please continue to be kind to one another during these trying times.”  

The announcement extends a previous order and closes schools for four additional weeks. State Superintendent Salmon said it’s possible the closure could last longer. Salmon also said the State is considering extending the current academic year. The last day of school for Montgomery County Public School (MCPS) students is currently scheduled for June 15. All MCPS school buildings will be closed during this time.  Visit for more information. 

Montgomery County Recreation is also assisting in efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19.   

All facilities, programs, classes, activities, rentals, and tours are cancelled until April 24.  All Montgomery County Public Library branches and book drops will also remain shut down.   

While the outdoor areas surrounding County Recreation centers remain open, the public is reminded that all playgrounds are closed.  Residents are not to participate in team or contact sports or activities involving physical contact or sharing of equipment.

Residents should continue to take these simple steps: 

  • Stay informed by using trusted sources for up-to-date information. The County’s COVID-19 website includes County service modifications, resources, information on prevention techniques, as well as links to the CDC and other resources. 
  • Practice social distancing. Try to stay at least six feet away from people and avoid direct physical contact.
  • Stay home when you're sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using standard cleaning practices.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, your sleeve, or your elbow.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

For the latest COVID-19 updates, visit the County’s COVID-19 website and follow Montgomery County on Facebook and Twitter

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Release ID: 20-124
Media Contact: Julie Parker 240-777-7607