Montgomery Co. Delays Vote on New Coronavirus Restrictions

The Montgomery County Council on Thursday tabled a vote on new coronavirus-related restrictions in the county until next week.

The council had been set to vote Thursday morning on new restrictions limiting indoor activities, but decided more public input was needed, WTOP reported.

County Executive Marc Elrich proposed the new restrictions in an executive order earlier in the week, citing a recent uptick in coronavirus cases.

“Gathering size will be limited to 25 people,” Elrich said Wednesday, WRC-TV (Channel 4) reported. “Capacity will be reduced to 25 percent for the following types of establishments: fitness centers, food service establishments, museums and art galleries, retail establishments and religious facilities.”

Under the new order, restaurants will be required to collect information from customers for contract tracing, and permits that had allowed bars and restaurants to expand alcohol service from 10 p.m. to midnight will be suspended.

The county council would have to approve Elrich’s order. The vote is now expected to happen Tuesday, WTOP reported.

As of Thursday, Montgomery County has roughly 27,000 coronavirus cases and 841 related deaths, according to an online county dashboard.

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