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More than 75 Wheaton Essential Businesses, Including Restaurants with Curbside Pickup, Takeout and Delivery Services, Open During COVID-19 Health Crisis

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, March 25, 2020

More than 45 restaurants and more than 30 businesses that provide essential services are currently open in the Wheaton area, with the restaurants offering curbside pickup, takeout and delivery during the COVID-19 health crisis. Dine-in service during the crisis has been banned throughout Maryland by order of Governor Larry Hogan.

The Wheaton Urban District Clean and Safe team, which regularly collects trash, litter and recycling, continues on duty seven days a week, although on reduced schedule. During the emergency, the staff is paying extra attention to cleaning surfaces that residents may contact.

“I applaud our hard-working businesses for participating in this great initiative,” said County Councilmember Nancy Navarro, who represents the Council district that includes Wheaton. “It keeps businesses open and provides essential services to families and residents, especially those who would otherwise have limited access to meals and supplies. Just yesterday, the Council unanimously introduced Bill 16-20—the COVID-19 Economic Relief Plan—that will bring a $20 million investment and great assistance to our small business community in the County.”

Luisa Montero-Diaz, director of Montgomery County’s Mid-County Regional Service Office, said: “The backbone of our economy and community in Downtown Wheaton is our restaurants and small businesses—many of which are family owned. While the health guidelines limit contact, these businesses are working hard to continue serving their customers. Likewise, as we adjust to what is hopefully a temporary ‘new normal,’ the Wheaton Urban District continues to provide the community with essential services during the COVID-19 health crisis.”

The list of open businesses is being monitored daily by the Wheaton Urban District. The list will be updated regularly as they adjust their schedules throughout the health crisis. The list can be found at https://www.wheatonmd.org/support-local

Westfield Wheaton mall significantly is closed, but the Costco and Target stores that are part of the complex remain open as they meet the definition of businesses that provide essential services, according to information provided by the Governor’s office.

A list of restaurants throughout the County that remain open during the crisis can be found at the mocoeats.com website at https://visitmontgomery.com/restaurant-directory/

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

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Release ID: 20-125
Media Contact: Neil H. Greenberger 240-205-1915