COVID-19 Closures and Service Modifications in Montgomery County

COVID-19 Closures


Montgomery County Government is focused on protecting the health and safety of every employee, and the community, while continuing to deliver services to the greatest extent possible for the people and organizations we serve. While schools and public facilities will be closed, Montgomery County offices remain open for business and operations are continuing. However, everyone should expect changes to public services. We are encouraging customers to make payments and submit documents online where possible, and we are working to expand our online services. This website will continue to be updated as information becomes available.

For additional information on COVID-19, please visit:  montgomerycountymd.gov/COVID19

 

Facility Closures  and Service Suspensions:

  • Animal Services and Adoption Center  will be closed for adoptions and on-site pet licensing through April 24. Animal Field Services and Dispatch operations will continue as well as the daily care of the shelter animals.
    • Owners with missing pets will still be able to reclaim their lost animals by calling 240-773-5666 or emailing Animal Services.
    • If you are affected by COVID-19 and need assistance with your animals, please contact 301-279-8000.
    • Animal Services is modifying its call response to animal-related calls for service. Animal Services Officers will only provide a "physical response" to priority calls. All other calls for service will receive a response by phone call or email known as a  "resource response".  Examples of animal related "priority calls" are listed below:
      • Aggressive in progress; attack in progress; at large in progress; bite; cruelty; food, water, care & welfare check; abuse/abandoned; dangerous dog; stray animals; in car - animal in distress; injured animal; positive rabies - lab; potentially dangerous; quarantine 4 months; regulation violation tethering; inadequate Shelter; rescue - dangerous; and ASD trap/capture.
  • Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Service Center - Customer access to the building, trainings, classes and meetings have been cancelled. 
    • The Urban District staff continue collecting trash, recycling, and picking up litter in Bethesda, Wheaton, and Silver Spring.
  • Child Care Centers - The State of Maryland has closed all child care centers except for those serving first responders and essential personnel.
    • To learn more about the Governor’s emergency order expanding access to childcare for eligible essential employees, including the Executive Order, see the Governor’s press release.
    • All Montgomery County employees can access the State-funded program by contacting eligible providers. These programs are at no cost to designated essential personnel. Eligible childcare sites may be found on the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) website, or by using the LOCATE: Child Care resources offered on the Maryland Family Network's website on childcare support for essential personnel. They can also be reached by phone, available Monday - Friday at 877-261-0060 between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. As a part of registration, employees must attest to being designated as essential.
  • Community Use of Public Facilities – All indoor and outdoor community use of Public Schools and County Government facilities is cancelled through Thursday, April 30, 2020. This includes Montgomery County Public School Facilities, the Silver Spring Civic Building, Regional Service Centers, the Executive Office Building, the Council Office Building, libraries, Clarksburg Cottage, police station meeting rooms, stadiums, natural grass fields and artificial turf fields.
    • By order of the Maryland State Department of Education, childcare providers may not operate in public schools.
    • CUPF is in the process of refunding fees for permits by the original method of payment whenever possible. This process may take 10 business days.
    • CUPF office remains closed to the public. Staff are available by phone and email. The CUPF customer service line, 240-777-2725, remains available to accept calls and voicemail. Questions may be emailed to CUPF.
  • East County Regional Service Center - Customer access to the building, trainings, classes and meetings have been cancelled. 
    • Mobile medical clinic will remain operational to continue providing vital health services for the community. 
    • Program staff for Montgomery College, Gilchrist IRC, DHHS, Family Services will work remotely.
  • Gilchrist Center  - Facilities are closed, but phone lines remain open Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., 240-777-4940.  All classes are cancelled.  
  • Mid-County Regional Service Center - There is no public access to the Mid-County Regional Service Center until further notice.
    • The Urban District staff continue collecting trash, recycling, and picking up litter in Bethesda, Wheaton, and Silver Spring.
  • Montgomery College  - All classes and student services will be delivered remotely with no on-campus classes.
    • As of now, nearly all MC employees are expected to work remotely.
    • Montgomery College has restricted access to its buildings until further notice.
    • The College will also extend its remote teaching and working plans until further notice.
    • MC will re-evaluate this status on April 15. Check the  Montgomery College coronavirus webpage for updates and resources.
  • Montgomery County Public Schools – Closed through April 24.
    • Community Use of MCPS Facilities:
      • All indoor community use of MCPS facilities will be closed through Thursday, April 30, 2020. 
      • All outdoor community use of MCPS facilities will be closed through Thursday, April 30, 2020.
      • By order of the Maryland State Department of Education, childcare providers may not operate in public schools.
    • Free meals for students 18 years old and younger will be provided at many sites, including mobile locations, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Additionally, MCPS school buses will distribute meals in several communities. Students will receive free breakfast, lunch, and dinner meals to take home. Meals will be provided in a Grab-and-Go format. Please check the MCPS Emergency Closure Meals website website for additional meal information.
    • MCPS is collaborating with Manna Food to distribute weekend backpack food sacks throughout the county. Distribution will take place on Fridays. Please check the MCPS Emergency Closure Meals website for additional meal information.
  • Libraries – Closed through April 24. All programs, classes, activities and rentals scheduled during the closure are cancelled. Additional information can be found on the Library's coronavirus website.
    • There is a suspension of fulfillment of holds until May 4th.
    • There is a suspension of library fines until May 4th.
    • There is an extension of all due dates to May 4th.
    • There is an extension of all holds currently waiting for pickup to May 4th.
    • MCPL book drops are closed. Please do not attempt to return any materials to the library until further notice. 
    • Inter-Library Loan services (Marina) will be suspended through April 24th.
    • You may submit questions for email response using our Ask-A-Librarian service.
    • Digital Library resources remain available.
  • Recreation Centers and Aquatic Centers – Closed March 16 - April 24. All programs, classes, activities, rentals, trips and tours scheduled during the closure are cancelled.
  • Silver Spring Regional Service Center - There is no public access to the Silver Spring Regional Service Center at the Silver Spring Civic Building until further notice.
    • The Urban District staff continue collecting trash, recycling, and picking up litter in Bethesda, Wheaton, and Silver Spring. The Silver Spring Urban District Hotline remains active at 240-876-2911.
  • Senior Centers  - Closed until further notice. All senior programs, including the 55+ Active Adult programs, are cancelled until further notice.
  • UpCounty Regional Service Center - There is no public access to the UpCounty Regional Service Center until further notice. Department of Health and Human Services offices are open only for families with minor children seeking emergency shelter. 
 

Service Modifications

  • Agriculture - The Office of Agriculture is closed to the public until further notice. The OAG is currently continuing all of its programs and services remotely. The Agricultural History Farm Park (AHFP) building is closed to the general public until further notice. For more information, please see the OAG COVID-19 document.
  • Alcohol Beverage Services  - ABS’ retail stores have reduced hours of operation and will be closed on Sundays. Until further notice, its retail stores will be open Monday - Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. ABS retail stores have reinforced enhanced cleaning and disinfecting procedures with store employees to ensure the retail environment is as sanitary as possible. 
    • All in-store tastings and events have been canceled indefinitely. 
    • The Cabin John store will be closed until further notice.
    • The Hampden Lane store will be closed until further notice. 
    • Alcohol Licensing and Permit Updates
      • The ABS Alcohol Licensing and Permit visitor’s entrance will be closed to the public. Call 240-777-1999 for assistance.
      • The renewal application deadline for alcohol licenses has been postponed from its original deadline of March 31, 2020. Licensees will be notified when a new deadline is established.
      • Those wishing to submit the renewal application now, can apply online through the ABS Licensing online portal or mail a paper application with a check to LRE, 201 Edison Park Drive, Gaithersburg, MD 20878.
      • Please visit the Alcohol Beverage Services COVID-19 FAQ website for additional information. 
  • Board of Elections - Primary Election Day is now scheduled for Tuesday, June 2, 2020.
  • Consumer Protection  – Consumer Protection matters will be handled via email at  ConsumerProtection@montgomerycountymd.gov.
    • Investigative staff will continue working on their pending cases remotely but, investigators will not be performing site visits, inspections, and in-person meetings.
    • OCP will be able to issue and administer business registrations but there will be delays processing and issuing registrations.
  • Corrections and Rehabilitation  - No outside visits at any facilities, except professional visits.
  • County Attorney - The Office of the County Attorney is closed to the public.
  • Environmental Protection  – DEP offices at 255 Rockville Pike and the Executive Office Building are not open to the public.
    • Services are still being provided through DEP staff teleworking.  
    • The new temporary hours for the Shady Grove Transfer Station are as follows:
      • 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Daily - Scale House at the Recycling Center and the Public Unloading Facility.
      • 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday - Trash and municipal solid waste Scale House (Shady Grove Road entrance).
      • Effective Monday, April 6 the County will stop accepting cash and checks at the Shady Grove Transfer Station Scale House to minimize exposure to customers and employees to COVID-19. The County will continue to accept credit cards and corporate accounts.
      • DO NOT bring any waste that does not require immediate disposal.
      • Wait until the State restrictions are lifted to bring your trash and recycling to the Transfer Station.
      • Use your County-provided or private hauler to bring your trash and recycling to Transfer Station.
    • PLEASE NOTE: All County provided trash and recycling collections are on a  NORMAL schedule
  • Finance  – The Department of Finance is not providing direct cashier service and will not take cash payments until further notice. Please call 311 if you have questions.
    • The due date for the Elderly Individual and Military Retiree tax credits has been extended until June 1, 2020.
      • All applications received by April 1, 2020, will be on the July 2020 property tax bill. 
      • Most applications received after April 1, 2020, will receive a revised property tax bill after the initial property tax bills are sent in July, but the tax credits will still be for the taxes that are due in 2020.
    • Property tax payments can be made online on the Department of Finance's website. There is no fee charged to pay online using the electronic check payment type. Here are direct links to pay Real Property tax and to pay Business Personal Property tax.
    • Payments may also be made by mailing a paper check. Payments may also be made by telephone by calling 240-777-8898. Payments made online or by telephone using credit or debit cards will be charged a 2.3% service fee by the credit card processor.
    • All other items can also be paid electronically, or by mail. Please refer to your bill or citation for details.
    • Transfer work - please use E-Transfer of drop off your documents with your contact information into the black mailbox in the cashier lobby. Processing of paper documents will begin after 48 hours to reduce exposure to Finance employees. The Department of Finance will contact you when the work is complete. There will be delays in processing and returning property transfer work.
    • The Finance Payroll window on the 8th floor of the EOB will be closed. For timely processing, all tax updates should be made via Employee Self Service.  All other transactions should be submitted via the Finance Payroll email. For payroll questions, please call 240-777-8840.
  • Fire and Rescue Services - All fire stations are closed to the public until further notice.
    • All MCFRS public education and outreach is suspended until further notice.
    • The Home Fire Safety Check program is suspended until further notice. If there is an urgent or immediate need, please contact 311 for assistance or direction.
    • The Infant & Child Car Seat Safety program has suspended all car seat events/appointments until further notice. Those caregivers whose appointments have been cancelled will be notified. For additional information, please see the Car Seat Program announcement
    • MCFRS has placed five (5) Mobile Integrated Health Cars in service between the hours of 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. The vehicles are strategically located across the County and are staffed with a BLS and ALS provider. These teams will respond to low acuity calls to assess patients and determine the most appropriate treatment and care, allowing Emergency Medical Service (EMS) transport units to remain in service and available for the most serious 911 calls.
    • The Emergency Communications Center implemented new Emergency Management Dispatch (EMD) protocols to meet current challenges, prioritize requests for service and to determine whether a 911 call concerns a person who may have signs or symptoms and risk factors associated with COVID-19. This protocol will result in improved triage of patients while ensuring the most appropriate and timely response.
    • Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service has implemented the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS) Viral Syndrome Pandemic Triage Protocol. This Protocol will allow EMS clinicians in identifying patients that may be appropriate to care for themselves safely at home, without transport to an emergency department.
  • General Services – DGS is performing enhanced cleaning in County buildings and employees have been informed of precautions to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
  • Health and Human Services  – DHHS will remain functional across most of its operations and will continue to provide safety-net services.
    • The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will transition primarily to providing services and conducting eligibility screenings through phone, fax, online applications and email.   Regional office lobbies and other OESS eligibility lobbies will be closed to the public until further notice.  Walk-in services will only be provided in the case of emergency and/or for families with children seeking emergency shelter.  Any other individuals that come directly to any of the offices will be redirected and given the opportunity to schedule a phone interview. For additional information on phone appointments, drop boxes, applications, and more please visit the DHHS Applications updates website.
    • Winter emergency shelters will remain open through April 30.  Additional changes may be announced at that time.  The 24/7 Homeless Information Line (240-907-2688) is staffed by trained specialists to provide information on County homeless services and shelter resources and receive reports regarding the location of individuals experiencing homelessness. Information will be forwarded to outreach partners who will attempt to locate the individual to offer support and resources. This is not an emergency response line. Emergencies should be reported directly to 911.  For COVID-19 updates visit our website.
    • The Rental Assistance Program has extended all benefits scheduled for renewal between March-May 2020 to continue through July 2020. Documents can be dropped off or mailed to Department of Health and Human Services, Rental Assistance Program, 1301 Piccard Drive, 4th floor, Rockville, MD 20850. Phone interviews may be requested by calling 240-777-4400.
    • Home Energy Program applications can be completed online at MyDHR. Paper applications, and a document drop box is also available at 1301 Piccard Drive, 4th floor. Document drop-off boxes are also located at each of the housing stabilization offices. Phone appointments may be requested by calling 240-777-4450.
    • Applications for the Working Parents Assistance Program may by fax 240-777-1342 or sent by email to the WPA Program.
    • Housing Stabilization Services phone interviews may be requested by calling the following offices. Document drop-off stations are also available at each office location.
      • Germantown Office; 12900 Middlebrook Road; Phone: 240-777-4448; Fax: 240-777-4187
      • Rockville Office; 1301 Piccard Drive; Phone: 240-777-4550; Fax: ​240-777-4254
      • Silver Spring Office; 8818 Georgia Avenue; Phone: 240-777-3075; Fax: 240-777-3154
    • Mobile Crisis Services will be suspended until further notice. The Crisis Center remains open to provide 24/7 phone and walk-in service at 240-777-4000.
    • The TESS Community Action Center is supporting residents through email and telephone appointments only. 
    • The CAA VITA program and partner programs are suspended; the IRS extended its tax filing deadline to July 15. Please visit the County's Cashback website for information on free tax software and VITA
    • Outreach and home visitation programs which the exception of crisis and life sustaining services has been limited.
    • All external workshops and health promotion activities are suspended.
    • The Office of Vital Records has modified its process for issuing birth and death certificates. Please visit the Office of Vital Records website for additional information.
    • The HHS Immunization Program is postponing the immunization services at the following locations: Dennis Avenue Health Center, School Health Immunization Services Center, Silver Spring Health Center, ​and the Germantown Health Center.
    • Aging and Disability Services will transition to providing services via phone, fax, online applications, and email. DHHS strongly encourages the scheduling of telephone appointments and telephone interviews. Walk-in services will only be provided in emergencies situations. To request a telephone appointment, please call 240-777-3000. Phone lines will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Mondays and Fridays and from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays.  Calls received outside of those times will be returned the next business day.
    • Dental, HIV/TB/STD clinics, Crisis Center will remain open at reduced in-office staffing. Hours may be reduced.
  • Housing and Community Affairs - The DHCA offices are closed to visitors. Housing inspectors are handling only emergency and court-ordered inspections. To reach a DHCA staff person:
  • Human Resources  –
    • Retirees will have to mail health insurance packets. There are no more signing seminars until further notice.
    • You may reach the EEO Division Monday through Friday during core business hours of 8:30-5:00 p.m.
    • All in-person training programs and training conferences/events are cancelled until further notice.
    • All mandatory Preventing Workplace Harassment, EEO and Diversity Management for Supervisors and Management, and custom departmental training are cancelled until further notice. The EEO division will reschedule the training sessions at a later date.
    • There will be no walk-in or face-to-face interviews during this time.
    • Vendor payments and student reimbursements for tuition assistance will be delayed as a result all staff teleworking.
    • Core HR will be open from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. for walk-ins.
    • Occupational Medical Services will maintain normal schedule and will continue to process applicant physicals, health exams, medical determinations, etc.
  • Human Rights  - The Office of Human Rights is operating on a reduced schedule until further notice with most employees teleworking at this time. 
    • To the extent possible the Office of Human Rights is continuing to respond to inquiries and emails and other official business activity. 
  • Inspector General - The Office of the Inspector General is closed to the public until further notice.
    • OIG continues to receive and respond to complaints via the Office of the Inspector General email and phone, 240-777-8240. Messages and emails are checked regularly throughout the workday.
  • Permitting Services  -  Department of Permitting Services (DPS) Offices are closed to the public. Check the DPS website for updates.
    • DPS Operations and Modifications can be viewed on the DPS COVID-19 Updates webpage.
    • Operations continue to be delivered remotely on a telework schedule. DPS encourages customers to apply and submit plans electronically. eServices is open 24/7. 
  • Planning Department  – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission is closed to the public, but will still be open for business through online services.
    • The Planning Department of M-NCPPC announced new procedures for the development review process that will allow for planning and regulatory business to continue while following Governor Larry Hogan’s stay-at-home order. The new procedure will allow for development applicants to hold pre-submission community meetings online. This will allow the community to participate in providing comments on potential development projects in a virtual format.
    • Montgomery County Planning Board meeting on March 26 took place via a video conferencing service. Additional information can be found in the  Planning Department’s news release.
  • Police Department  - The following programs are suspended until further notice: Fingerprinting services, Police Station tours and, Emergency Communications Center tours, Ride-along program, Community training and events held at the Public Safety Training Academy, Keeping Seniors Safe Program.
    • The Police Department’s monthly vehicle auction has been cancelled.
    • The signing of Safety Equipment Repair Orders (SEROs) has been suspended until further notice. Governor Hogan signed an executive order that prevents any suspensions or cancellations to occur or action taken for un-renewed or suspended registrations or driver’s licenses until further notice.  If you have questions regarding a Safety Equipment Repair Order (SERO), email the Maryland State Police SERO.
    • The Emergency Communications Center will be screening calls for service and referring additional calls to our Telephone Reporting Unit (TRU) in an effort to limit exposure and maintain appropriate social distancing in response to the COVID-19 situation.
  • Procurement  is open for business. Most employees are currently teleworking.
    • To encourage social distancing, business representatives are encouraged to visit the website and to access resources remotely. Staff remains available via phone and email.
    • The following Procurement events have been canceled: Open House (March 19 and April 15); Procurement Reverse Trade Show (April 3); and Prevailing Wage Workshop (April 22).
  • Sheriff’s Office  – All eviction orders in Montgomery County are stayed for an initial period of 15 days, and subject to renewal in 15-day increments, until further notice from the Court. Additional information can be found on the  eviction website.
    • Family Justice Center  - The Family Justice Center is open and continuing to operate under normal business hours.
    • Family Division  - The service of Domestic Violence Petitions, Emergency Evaluation Petitions, Peace Orders and related process remains unchanged by current events. Petitioners may continue to seek these services from the Family Division located at the Family Justice Center.
  • Transportation  - MCDOT has temporarily suspend fare collection for  Ride On bus services.
    • Ride On has further reduced services to operate under the Essential Service Plan. This plan includes 35 critical routes so that residents can take Ride On for essential trips during the COVID-19 health crisis. Please view the Ride On Essential Service Plan for additional information. 
    • Passengers will be directed to board through the rear doors of the bus to limit close contact between passengers and drivers. Passengers can board through the front doors if a lift is needed to accommodate a disability or stroller.
    • Ride On Flex will not be in service.
    • DOT has established free temporary parking in two County-owned parking garages including the Bonifant/Dixon Garage at 1101 Bonifant St. in Silver Spring and the Auburn/Del Ray Garage at 4910 Auburn Ave. in Bethesda.
    • Curbside parking changes have been implemented to support restaurants that will depend upon carryout, curbside pickup and deliveries and help residents.
    • DOT has temporarily suspended enforcement in Residential Parking Permit (RPP) zones. Enforcement of RPP zones will resume once the state of emergency or any other restrictions have been lifted. 
    • Mobile Commuter Store operations are suspended immediately until further notice. At this time the TRiPS store in the Silver Spring Transit Center remains open.  Please check the Commuter Services website for any further updates regarding TRiPS store hours and operations
    • The Citation Services Call Center and the Permit Sales locations at 801 Ellsworth Drive, Silver Spring and 4720 Cheltenham Drive, Bethesda will be closed until further notice. Please check the DOT Parking webpage for additional information and updates. 
    • The Montgomery County Taxicab office will be operating by appointments only. Please call 240-777-5853 to make an appointment for taxi services and to receive up-to-date info. Wheelchair Reports can be left in the pink drop box on the 5th floor at the Executive Office Building.
    • Parking sales offices in Silver Spring and Bethesda are open with normal operating schedule. Please perform parking transactions online or call 240-777-8744 (Silver Spring) or 240-777-8770 (Bethesda) if possible to minimize in-person activity.
 

Parks

  • Montgomery Parks - Montgomery Parks is extending its closure on all indoor park facilities to the public and cancelling all programs, field permits, classes, and events through April 30. Montgomery Parks offices are closed to the public.
  • Maryland State Parks - State parks remain open, but the governor has ordered the closure of all structures and programs that would encourage people to congregate. Additional Information can be found on the Maryland State Park's COVID-19 website
 

Boards, Committees and Commissions

  • Boards, Committees and Commissions - All Board, Committees and Commissions meetings are cancelled until further notice.  
  • Board of Appeals - The Board of Appeals' offices are currently closed to the public, but staff are working.  Please see Board of Appeals remote filing instructions. Hearings and worksessions are postponed until further notice and will be rescheduled. Please email the Board of Appeals or call 240-777-6600 if you have any questions.
  • Committee Against Hate Violence  - The Committee Against Hate Violence (CAHV) usually meets on the second Wednesday of the month, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The CAHV will not hold in-person meetings during the public health emergency but will continue to respond to inquiries, emails and other official business activity.
  • Commission on Remembrance and Reconciliation  - The new Commission on Remembrance and Reconciliation (CRR) has established its public meeting schedule as the fourth Tuesday of the month, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The CRR will not hold in-person meetings during the public health emergency but will continue to respond to inquiries, emails and other official business activity.
  • Merit System Protection Board is operational but MSPB offices are closed to the public. All hearings have been postponed until further notice and will be rescheduled once the Board’s offices are re-opened to the public. If you wish to file an appeal with the MSPB, please do so on the MSPB website by completing the Appeal Form. Please check the MSPB website for additional information. 
  • Human Rights Commission - The County's Human Rights Commission (HRC) usually meets on the fourth Monday of the month, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.  The HRC will not hold in-person meetings during the public health emergency but will continue to respond to inquiries, emails and other official business activity.
  • Interagency Fair Housing Coordinating Group – The Interagency Fair Housing Coordinating Group (IAFHCG) generally meets the second Thursday of each month, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. The IAFHCG will not hold in-person meetings during the public health emergency but will continue to respond to inquiries, emails and other official business activity.
 

Legislative Meetings

 

Maryland Courts

  • Maryland Courts - Courts and offices are closed to the public through May 1 with Judiciary operations continuing to the extent practical.  Mandatory matters shall continue to be scheduled and heard in keeping with the urgency of those matters and consistent with statutory requirements. See website for additional information
  • District Court – The Commissioner’s office is open 24 hours every day. Please check the  District Court update for additional information. The District Court is maintaining a coronavirus updates website for additional information.
    • All eviction orders in Montgomery County are stayed for an initial period of 15 days, and subject to renewal in 15-day increments, until further notice from the Court. Continue to check the State's Coronavirus Stay of Eviction Orders website for additional information. 
    • You may be allowed to enter if you are a PARTY or LAWYER for the following types of proceedings: 
      • Criminal proceedings: bail review, competency to stand trial, mental health court, contempt, quarantine violations, isolation violations, search warrants, preliminary hearings 
      • Civil Proceedings: Emergency Evaluation Petition (EEP), Extreme Risk Protective Order (ERPO), Domestic Violence order (DV), Peace Order (PO), body attachments.  
  • Circuit Court – The Circuit Court is handling emergency matters only. Continue to monitor the Circuit Court website as it will be updated daily indicating which cases are being heard. Unless your case is listed on the website, do not go to the Circuit Court for Montgomery County. Please note: some of these matters will be conducted over telephone or video connections.
    • If you are dropping off an emergency motion in the Dropbox outside, please call the department or the courthouse main number to let them know. Please make sure all filings are sealed in envelopes with the Department’s name on the outside.
    • The License Department is closed. Gov. Larry Hogan has ordered an extension of all driver’s and business licenses, identification cards, permits and registrations that expire or are eligible for renewal during the state of emergency. As a result, they will not expire until the 30th day after the state of emergency has been lifted.
    • The Land Records Department is closed to the public, but will be accepting new filings in front of the Maryland Ave. entrance at 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 2:00 p.m. Monday-Friday.
 

Municipality Updates

 

Mall Updates

Governor Hogan announced all malls in the state must close until further notice. The governor has modified his order to close malls to allow access to critical services such as pharmacies and grocery stores.

 

Other Information

Effective immediately, Montgomery County will be following the state’s guidelines of a limit of no more than 10 people for public gatherings.  To help further slow the spread of the virus, we encourage the public to:
  • 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.
We encourage residents to visit Montgomery County Health and Human Services (See FAQ tab) for the most up-to-date information about coronavirus, including what to do if you are experiencing symptoms.


Updates will be made on the County’s website at: https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/ and on  Facebook and  Twitter.

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