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County Executive Signs Continuing Stay at Home Order

For Immediate Release: Friday, May 15, 2020

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich today signed an Executive Order continuing the County’s Stay at Home order until COVID-19 data shows it is safe to move towards reopening. The order, which is now in effect, keeps in place the current restrictions and permitted activities that were in place during the State’s stay at home order.  The Montgomery County Council voted unanimously to approve the Executive Order.

The order will stay in effect until five key metrics, detailed below, are met:

  • A sustained decrease during a 14-day period of new cases in an environment of increased testing;
  • A sustained decrease in the COVID-19 related hospitalization rate;
  • A sustained decrease in the percentage of COVID-19 related ICU beds in use;
  • A sustained decrease in the number of COVID-19 related daily deaths; and
  • A sustained decrease in the number of COVID-19 related patients going to County emergency rooms.

County Executive Marc Elrich stated, “I want to thank the Council for its strong support of continuing our stay-at-home practices.  I want to thank our County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles for his wise counsel. This is what we need to protect the health of our residents.  We all understand that we cannot risk undoing the progress we have made to slow the spread.  The Governor gave local jurisdictions authority to act in the best interest of our area. That is what we are doing, just as Prince George’s County and other neighboring jurisdictions are as well.”

Residents should continue to be vigilant in practicing preventive measures such as:

  • Only go out for essential travel and permitted exercise.
  • Practice physical distancing of at least six feet.
  • Do not congregate in groups of more than 10 people.
  • Wear a face covering when going out in public.
  • Wash hands frequently.

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

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Media Contact: Julie Parker, julie.parker@montgomerycountymd.gov

Release ID: 20-259
Media Contact: Julie Parker 240-777-6507