City of Rockville Facilities Remain Closed, Many Services Continue

Staff Preparing Plans and Facilities as County Eases Some Restrictions

City of Rockville facilities remain closed to the public as city staff plans and prepares facilities for the eventual return of employees and the public.

Opening dates for specific city facilities will be announced as they become available.

Montgomery County officials announced Thursday that the county’s first phase of recovery will begin at 6 a.m. Monday, June 1 after the county achieved critical benchmarks to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

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Safer Shopping in Store for Rockville Farmers Market’s June 6 Opening

Preordering Service Provided for Quicker, Safer Shopping

The City of Rockville’s Farmers Market is scheduled to open for the season on Saturday, June 6, with market rules and regulations and a preordering program to provide for quicker, safer shopping.

The Rockville Farmers Market will open for the season Saturday, June 6 with guidelines for safer shopping in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Rockville’s Facilities Closures Extended Through May 29

City of Rockville facilities will continue to remain closed to the public through Friday, May 29, due to public health concerns from the COVID-19 pandemic.

City events, in-person classes, programs, rentals and activities are also canceled through May 29.

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In Need? A Guide to Finding Food Distribution Locations in Rockville

Several organizations are providing locations for, or delivery of, food for needy families and individuals throughout Rockville. Check ahead with organizations to ensure the information provided below is up to date.

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Rockville to Open Some Park Amenities, Following Revised Governor’s Order

Rockville’s tennis and pickleball courts, and the dog park at King Farm, will open Saturday, May 9 as the city begins reopening some of its park amenities for individual and small group sports that allow for physical distancing. 

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Rockville Extends Closures at Facilities, Continues Services to Community

City of Rockville facilities will remain closed to the public through Friday, May 15, in response to Gov. Larry Hogan’s executive orders related to COVID-19 in Maryland.

City events, in-person classes, programs, rentals and activities are also canceled through May 15.

The announcement follows last week’s announcement that schools across the state will be closed through May 15.

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Community Safety and the Stay-at-home Order

Chief Brito on How Rockville Police are Responding to Maryland’s Order

The following is an open letter to the Rockville community that city police Chief Victor Brito posted to the department’s Facebook page on Friday, April 3:

Dear Rockville Residents,

I wanted to take a moment to thank you all for your continued support, flexibility, and understanding as our community confronts the most significant health crisis in American history. You have my word that the City’s selfless, dedicated, and compassionate Rockville City Police Department employees will not waver nor falter in our commitment to protect our residents and this amazing community.

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Rockville Continues City Services While Extending Closures at City Facilities

City of Rockville facilities will remain closed to the public through Friday, April 24, and city events, classes, programs, rentals and activities are canceled through Thursday, April 30, in response to Gov. Larry Hogan’s executive orders related to COVID-19 in Maryland.

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The Parks are Open, but Lights to Stay Off at Rockville Parks

The parks are open, but lights at City of Rockville outdoor courts and sports fields will remain off during evening and nighttime hours, beginning Saturday, March 21.

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Rockville Responds to Governor’s Order

Gov. Larry Hogan has issued an executive order prohibiting gatherings of more than 10 people. Following state and federal directives intended to slow the spread of the new coronavirus, COVID-19, Rockville events, classes, programs, rentals and activities are canceled through April 30.

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City of Rockville Operations Continue: Here Are Ways You Can Access Services

The doors of Rockville City Hall may be shut for now, but that doesn’t mean we’re closed for business. You can still utilize many city services, such as reporting concerns, scheduling inspections and making payments, through the city’s website (www.rockvillemd.gov).

Employees will conduct as much of the city’s operations as possible while maintaining recommended social distancing guidelines to ensure the health and safety of city staff and the community. Employees who are able are teleworking.

Essential city services are continuing, including regular trash and recycling collection, water treatment, street repair, water and sewer system repair, building code and fire inspections, animal control, traffic signal repair, and police patrols and emergency response. Additionally, all city parks remain open to the public.

See below for a few useful phone numbers and emails, which you can also find on the website. News and information related to COVID-19 is regularly updated and found at the top of the home page.

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Resources and Information on COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus

The City of Rockville, in partnership with Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, is continuing to actively and diligently monitor the public health threat in the state and across the United States from the novel (new) coronavirus — COVID-19 — and is actively coordinating with the county, and state health and emergency response agencies, to proactively plan, prepare and, if necessary, respond. 

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MobileNOW! Parking Meter Payment App Ceases Operations

Meters Accept Quarters Only; City Exploring Other Vendors

MobileNOW!, the City of Rockville’s mobile parking payment app, ceased operations on May 18 and is no longer an option for parking payments at city-owned on-street meters.

A message posted on MobileNOW!’s website announced that the parking app had ceased operations.

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Summer Street Paving Schedule is Posted

The city has released its road paving schedule for late-May through July.

Visit www.rockvillemd.gov/street-repairs to find updated paving schedules for Grandin Avenue, Edmonston and West Edmonston drives, Wootton Parkway, and Tower Oaks, Wootton and Redland boulevards.

“No parking” signs will be posted within 48 hours of the start of work. Temporary traffic stoppages are necessary for safety but should have minimal impact on traffic. The schedule is subject to change based on weather conditions and coordination with other utility work.

Paving occurs in three phases and will take place between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. on secondary streets and between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on major streets. The first phase involves milling, to grind down the existing asphalt surface. Street access may be blocked for five- to 10-minute periods to move equipment or work near driveways. Residents are asked to follow flagger directions and be patient. A vacuum sweeper truck will closely follow the milling operation to remove loose material.

The second phase involves lowering or raising existing utilities, such as manholes and water valves, to the new street grade, and patching and repairing the asphalt base. This work may begin before the first phase is complete.

In the third phase, new asphalt is placed from curb to curb. This moves more slowly than the milling operation and may have greater impact on access to and from driveways. Immediately before placing the hot asphalt, the contractor will spray a tack coat of liquid asphalt onto the street surface in segments about 500 feet ahead of the paving machine. Do not attempt to drive through this liquid asphalt, as it may damage tires, stick to vehicles and be tracked onto driveways.

The new asphalt surface is applied at a high temperature – generally about 200 degrees. It is immediately rolled for compaction, cools quickly and is safe to drive on about 10 minutes after compaction rolling is complete. If paving operations are close to your driveway, check with the construction crew before attempting to drive onto the street. Pedestrians should use extreme caution and children should never be allowed to play around the new surface on the day it is placed.

Rockville streets are evaluated and maintained through the asphalt maintenance program, which is funded annually through the city’s Capital Improvements Program. Rockville repaves streets to create a smoother drive for motorists and to preserve the integrity of roads.

Virtual Public Hearing on Park Road and North/South Stonestreet Amendment Scheduled for June 8

The Mayor and Council will hold a public hearing on a draft of the Park Road and North/South Stonestreet Avenue Area Comprehensive Master Plan Amendment, via videoconference during their June 8 meeting.

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Mayor and Council Enact Temporary Freeze on Residential Rental Rates

The Mayor and Council recently took action to protect residential renters during the COVID-19 emergency, passing an ordinance to temporarily suspend rent increases at licensed rental properties through July 31.

Under the new legislation, no rents may be raised through July 31. From Aug. 1, until 180 days after the state of emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is lifted, rents may be raised by no more than 2.6%.

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Rockville’s Festing in Place Presents Plenty of Ways to Participate

City is Soliciting Photos of Community Celebrating Hometown Holidays at Home

The City of Rockville will show its hometown pride beginning next week, despite the cancellation of the Hometown Holidays Music Fest and Memorial Day Ceremony and Parade, with Festing in Place events that offer opportunities for the community to participate safely in their homes and neighborhoods.

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Rockville Cancels Independence Day Celebration

Rockville’s Independence Day Celebration, scheduled for Saturday, July 4 at Mattie J.T. Stepanek Park in King Farm, has been canceled due to public health concerns arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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