COVID-19: Planning for Reopening

Planning and preparation to welcome back visitors to Rockville City Hall and some other facilities are still underway, so no definitive date for reopening can be established.

When city facilities do reopen, health and safety will be the city’s first and foremost concern, and will include additional cleaning and physical distancing. City employees who provide in-person service to customers will be present and those able to work from home will continue to do so.

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

Updated; 2 p.m. July 2:

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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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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COVID-19 Testing Coming to Rockville

Rockville United Church will host COVID-19 testing on Saturday, Aug. 1.

The free testing will be from 2-6 p.m. at the church at 355 Linthicum St.

Learn more at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/covid19/testing.html.

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Rockville’s Mayor and Council Declare Juneteenth a City Holiday

On Monday, the Mayor and Council voted unanimously to recognize Juneteenth as a holiday in the City of Rockville.

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Community Training on Fair and Impartial Policing Returns to Rockville

The Rockville City Police Department is offering free Fair and Impartial Policing training for community members in August.

The latest Fair and Impartial Policing training will be held Thursday, Aug. 6 at Thomas Farm Community Center.

Community members are encouraged to participate in this important and timely training that promotes bias-free behavior in community policing. The training, first held in Rockville last year, gives officers and community members tools to better communicate and work together to make the community safer and more resilient.

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Food Drive for Rockville Seniors Returns to the Farmers Market Aug. 1

Visitors to the City of Rockville Farmers Market on Saturday, Aug. 1 will once again have an opportunity to help neighbors in need.

Food donation box.
The Rockville Farmers Market renews its food drive for Rockville seniors on Aug. 1.

The market will be collecting shelf-stable items to donate to the Rockville Senior Center’s ongoing food drive for senior members of the Rockville community. Needed items are: cereal, oatmeal, pasta, sauce, soups, canned vegetables, canned fruits and applesauce.

Shoppers can drop the items off as they enter market in the jury parking lot at East Jefferson (Route 28) and Monroe streets in Rockville Town Center. Market hours are 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Learn more about the Rockville Farmers Market at www.rockvillemd.gov/farmers.

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Learn About Housing, Assistance Programs at Free Virtual Seminar

The Housing and Community Development Department will host a virtual meeting from noon-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 8 to provide renters, landlords and nonprofits information on housing and other assistance programs.

The meeting will also cover important policies related to eviction, rent increases and court openings.

Topics will include:

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Planning Commission Reschedules 
Public Hearing Dates for Neighborhood-based Planning Areas Volume of Comprehensive Plan Draft

Rockville’s Planning Commission will hold public hearings on Sept. 9 and 23 for the community to provide comments in-person on the initial staff draft of the neighborhood-specific sections of the comprehensive plan update. 

Written comments continue to be accepted leading up and just after the September hearings. Testimony can be submitted online.

Planning staff is available by request via email or virtual meeting to answer questions and talk with community associations, residents, businesses, workers and other organizations, so that community members can learn more about the draft’s contents and how to provide feedback.  

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Mayor and Council Call on State to Slow its Roll on I-270/I-495 Widening

The state should put the brakes on a project to widen interstates 270 and 495, Rockville’s Mayor and Council said in a letter to the Maryland Department of Transportation.

“The City of Rockville requests that MDOT put a pause on the project and process,” the letter states. “It is not responsible to continue spending taxpayers’ money on preliminary design, environmental studies, and hiring a developer while the country is facing significant economic changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is also predicted that teleworking will be more acceptable and widely implemented in the future, which will likely lower traffic volumes on I-495 and I-270. Therefore, it only makes sense to hold off on next steps for this project until a new purpose and need is defined.”

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Free Senior Seminars in July Cover Hydration, Bones, Feet and Hearing

The Rockville Senior Center has gone virtual for all its summer classes, including some free classes on how to stay hydrated, strengthen bones and take care of your feet and hearing.

For details, visit www.rockvillemd.gov/recreation.

You can register online, call 240-314-8800 or email seniorcenter@rockvillemd.gov for more information.

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Community Census Challenge: How’s Your Community Responding to the 2020 Census?

Want to know how Rockville rates in responding to the 2020 Census? How do we stack up against other areas? Check out the census rate map.
You can search for response rates for states, counties, cities and census tracts, and compare those to 2010 Census response rates.

  1. Open the census rate map (at 2020census.gov/en/response-rates.html).
  2. In the “State” dropdown menu, select “Maryland.”
  3. When Maryland map appears, select “Rockville” under the “City” dropdown menu.

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Solar Co-op: Affordable Options for Rooftop Panels or Vehicle Chargers

Deadline to Sign Up is Aug. 31

The 4th Rockville Solar Co-op presents an opportunity to harness solar to power your home or business or electricity to charge up your vehicle.

The city’s Environment Commission produced a video to promote the 2020 solar co-op sponsored by the City of Rockville and Montgomery County.

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