Montgomery County Council passes new Board of Health regulation easing restrictions for hotel meetings & events
Note from MHLA: On April 8, 2021, MHLA sent this letter and activated advocacy to address the 25 person gathering restriction imposed on hotel meetings and events in Montgomery County. Amy Rohrer, MHLA President & CEO, testified before the Council on April 27, along with one of MHLA's Board Members, in support of an amended Board of Health regulation that would allow hotels in the county to hold socially distanced meetings at a greater capacity. The 5th amended Board of Health regulation was passed during the same hearing, and represents a significant step toward the start of recovery for Montgomery County hotels. We are pleased to report this progress! Members may contact Amy Rohrer for more information.
Montgomery County Press Release:
Council passes new Board of Health regulation to allow a further phased reopening tied to COVID-19 vaccinations
Rockville, Md., April 27, 2021—Today, the Council voted unanimously to approve an amended Board of Health regulation to allow a further phased reopening tied to COVID-19 vaccinations. The amended Board of Health regulation takes effect on April 27 at 5 p.m.
The Fifth Amended Board of Health Regulation provides guidance for expanded reopenings based on the percentage of the County population receiving COVID-19 vaccinations. Currently, 51.2 percent of the County population has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccination. The expanded reopenings would be automatically triggered when the Montgomery County Health Officer reports that the vaccination benchmarks have been reached to the Board of Health.
Face coverings and social distancing are still required. The phases would be:
1. At 50 percent of the population receiving at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine:
Montgomery County follows face covering guidelines from the CDC and the Maryland Department of Health, whichever is stricter. The new regulation provides an exception for sports activities that allows the removal of face coverings during vigorous outdoor exercise for high heat and humidity.
If the Montgomery County health officer finds that after reviewing community transmission metrics that continued reopening phases would be contrary to the public health, the health officer must report those concerns to the Board of Health and the continuation to the next phase must be suspended pending a hearing before the Board of Health.
The amended Board of Health regulation can be viewed here.
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