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The City of Rockville Responds

What You Need to Know About the City’s Response to COVID-19

Rockville City Hall and city facilities will be closed to the public through Friday, April 24, following recently issued state directives for slowing the spread of the new coronavirus, COVID-19.

Employees are conducting as much of the city’s operations as possible while maintaining recommended social distancing to ensure the health and safety of city staff and the community. Employees who are able have moved to a telework schedule.

Essential city services will continue throughout this period, 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, though as a safety precaution, playgrounds and athletic courts are closed for use.

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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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Mayor Newton Delivers Second Update on Measures to Prevent Coronavirus Spread

Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton delivered her second video statement, Monday, on behalf of the Mayor and Council, to update the Rockville community about actions the city is taking to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

“We all endeavor to keep each and every one of you healthy and safe in the days to come,” she said. “We will get through this if we follow the rules, make smart decisions and, above all, be kind and supportive of each other.”

Rockville Parks Remain Open; Playground Use Prohibited

While City of Rockville parks will remain open, as a safety precaution, the use of playground equipment in city parks is now prohibited.

Signs have been posted at playgrounds throughout City of Rockville parks.

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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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Rockville’s Water and the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Rockville’s water remains safe and reliable as the city responds to the novel (new) coronavirus.

Rockville’s water remains safe and reliable. About 70% of the City of Rockville receives its drinking water through the city’s water system. Another 30% receives water from the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission. City water is treated through Rockville’s water treatment plant on the banks of the Potomac River. The city is taking steps to respond to the novel (new) coronavirus. Here are some things to know about Rockville’s water supply:

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Rockville Cancels International Night Celebration, Postpones Creative Summit

Community concerns about the new coronavirus have led to the cancellation of the March 20 International Night and postponement of the Rockville Creative Summit, scheduled for March 22.

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Update on the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

City officials are coordinating with county and state health agencies to plan, prepare and respond, and we’ve mobilized our emergency management team. 

Right now, it’s business as usual in Rockville. Services, such as recycling and trash collection, and events, programs and activities continue as scheduled. 

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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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