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As we enter our seventh week since the first COVID-19 emergency order was issued in Maryland on March 5th, we have all witnessed the devastating impact this disease has taken not only on our community, but the world around us. Unfortunately, there is no definitive date on when we can begin to regroup and move forward from this public health pandemic. However, I want to assure everyone that the Town Council, Staff, and I will continue to stay the course by keeping our residents and business community abreast of any imperative updates, cancellations, or postponements of Town relevance.
The State of Maryland, along with Montgomery County, have been holding daily and weekly conference calls since the initial COVID-19 State of Emergency declaration. Within our most recent update from the County (4/9), we have been advised that until test kits are more broadly available to increase the testing pool, the County strongly advises to assume that everyone you come in contact with is potentially an asymptomatic carrier of COVID-19. This means that you should remain cognizant of your surroundings and continue to practice safe social distancing etiquette and wear a mask when out in public in an enclosed environment or at the Farmers Market.
The Town continues to provide important information and resources pertaining to COVID-19 on our website: https://tok.md.gov/, and have also recently posted a webinar and powerpoint presentation by Council Member Conor Crimmins and Town resident Tim Stelzig, which helps our small business owners navigate the application process of the SBA Cares Act: https://tok.md.gov/small-business-administration-webinar/.
Please continue to stay home and stay safe we will get through this public health pandemic together.