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Maryland Emergency Management Agency Alert

Maryland Emergency Management Agency Alert


Coronavirus COVID-19 Update - March 17th, 2020

Hello Fellow Marylanders, The Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is and has been fully activated in our State Emergency Operations Center and your local emergency management offices are activated too. As you know, we are working 24/7 with our federal, state, and local partners to get you the most updated and actionable information we can. This is an extremely fluid event and new guidelines are coming out daily.

Many of you are doing your part to keep your fellow neighbors safe and are only going into public when you absolutely need to - thank you for doing that and taking this public health crisis seriously. This action of "Social Distancing" or deliberately increasing the physical space between yourself and others to avoid spreading illness by staying at least six feet away from people. By practicing this powerful action, you are helping your community lessen its chance of catching the Coronavirus. We ask you to continue to participate in this effort. Please, only go out into public areas and spaces when you absolutely have to. Continue to wash your hands more frequently than you normally would. Also, avoid touching your face, wash your hands every time you come home from a public space, and continue to keep frequently touched hard surfaces like your cell phones, computers, remotes, table and counter tops, cleaned and disinfected. Finally, social distancing does NOT mean disconnecting. You are encouraged to keep in touch with your family and friends through phone calls and social media. Give your older family and friends a call if you can and check-in on them. They need your encouragement and support too.

Be taking these simple, but very effective steps, you are helping your family, friends, neighbors, and community stay healthy. We will get through this uncertain time, but we have to do it together. Please, continue to follow the Maryland Department of Health, the Maryland Department of Aging, Governor Larry Hogan, and us for the latest information and resources for your use.

Stay Safe and Stay Healthy - We will get through this TOGETHER!


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Roy Kelley, Associate Broker

Realty Group Referrals (Retired from RE/MAX Realty Group)

6 Montgomery Village Ave., Suite 200

Gaithersburg, MD 20879

Main Office:  301-258-7757 (You will not reach me at this number)

Send an email message if you need my phone numbers. I will be happy to recommend a real estate professional if you are moving to the area.

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Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 12 days ago
The City of Gaithersburg is committed to adhering to the stringent guidelines necessary to help slow the spread of infection. The following changes, cancellations and modifications are in place through at least April 30, 2020. The situation is being monitored daily. Updates will be made on the City’s website at and on Facebook and Twitter @GburgMD.
This is certainly a trying time for all of us. Gaithersburg is a resilient community, and we know that together we will come out on the other side of this stronger and more compassionate than ever.
We urge you to continue to rely on trusted sources for the most up-to-date information about coronavirus, including what to do if you are experiencing symptoms. You’ll find the most current information here Montgomery County Health and Human Services website.
Effective March 17, the City of Gaithersburg is closing all buildings to public access and discontinuing all appointment services. Only City staff needed to perform important and/or timely functions will be allowed in buildings.
All in-person services have been suspended through at least April 30, 2020. Visit the City’s website for online services. Note that some services may not be available and response times may be delayed due to limited employee coverage. We appreciate your patience and understanding
  • Report life-threatening animal control concerns to 301-279-8000 or 240-773-5230.
  • Bulk pick up is cancelled. Recycling will be picked up on its regular schedule.
  • Spring loose leaf collection will be rescheduled.
Events & Activities
There will be no public events, programs, classes, sports, performances, or non-essential meetings through at least April 30, 2020.
Legislative Meetings
Regular meetings of the Mayor and City Council, Planning Commission, Board of Appeals and Historic District Commission will be held only if necessary. They will be closed to the public. Content of the Mayor and City Council meetings is tweeted in real time. All legislative meetings are aired live on the City’s cable channel, Comcast 13 and RCN/FiOS 25, on YouTube, and via the website at
To comment on Mayor and Council matters, email To comment on the matters of the other three legislative bodies, email
Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 12 days ago
Free Meals for Youth
MCPS is making free grab-and-go meals available at 20 school locations throughout the County for children up to the age of 18. The meals are available Monday through Friday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. No appointments are necessary. In Gaithersburg, the meals are available at Forest Oak and Gaithersburg Middle Schools. Click here for a complete list of locations.
Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 12 days ago

Amazon has temporarily suspended the shipment of all items from independent merchants to its warehouses that are not medical supplies or "high-demand" products.

This temporary suspension will go through April 5 as the e-commerce giant prioritises products relating to combating the growing coronavirus pandemic.

"We are temporarily prioritising household staples, medical supplies and other high-demand products coming into our fulfilment centres so we can more quickly receive, restock, and ship these products to customers," the spokesperson told the Wall Street Journal.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 12 days ago

Macy's announced Tuesday that it will be closing all stores until March 31 in a response to the growing new coronavirus crisis. The company has 16 locations in Maryland.

The closures will go into effect at the end of business Tuesday.

"As a result of the recent COVID-19 developments, we have decided to temporarily close our stores," Macy's CEO Jeff Gennette said in a statement released Tuesday.



The store closures include all Macy's, Bloomingdale's, Bluemercury, Macy's Backstage, Bloomingdales the Outlet, and Market by Macy's stores.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 11 days ago

Hello Roy - it seems like we are continually learning first-hand that things are changing quickly.  

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 11 days ago

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Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 11 days ago

Each day seems to bring more guidelines and restrictions.  My health club where I swim laps has closed until further notice, so no more swimming for awhile.  My grandson is here for a visit this week.  It's easy to feel I'm living in a bubble until I turn on the news.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 11 days ago

Roy, Things are changing quickly so it's good to keep these announcements going. People are reading!

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Home and Condo Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) 11 days ago

Love your end photo, very useful information to post. 

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 11 days ago

We are seeing fewer people on the streets and that is a good thing.  I think this will all be over sooner rather than later.

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) 11 days ago

Your feedback is alway welcome and is very much appreciated.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 11 days ago