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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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Alert: City Water May Be Discolored, Crews Working to Clear System

This article has been updated.

City crews are continuing to flush water systems following a main supply line leak that has caused some city water users to experienced discolored water. Residual discoloration may still be occurring in some pockets of the city.

The water is not harmful, but washing clothes is not recommended.

The city recommends going to the highest level of your home and running cold water for 15 minutes. If the water does not clear, call the city’s Utilities Division at 240-314-8567.

Mayor and Council Issue Joint Statement Condemning the Death of George Floyd in Minneapolis Police Custody

Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton delivered a statement on behalf of the Mayor and Council, Monday, in which they condemned unanimously the police-involved death of George Floyd, following his arrest by Minneapolis police officers.

The Mayor and Council stands in solidarity with others across the country seeking to end the injustice of racism.

In Rockville, “we celebrate our diversity and we stand for inclusion,” Newton said, reading from the joint statement.

The city prides itself on being a safe place for all people, and officers from the Rockville City Police Department, city staff and elected officials are committed to maintaining that.

“This requires more than rhetoric,” Newton said on behalf of the Mayor and Council. “It requires a culture of inclusion and action to uphold our values.”

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Looking Ahead with Vision Zero

Rockville’s plan for meeting a goal of zero traffic-related deaths or serious injuries is moving ahead, with the Mayor and Council scheduled to adopt the city’s Vision Zero action plan on Monday, June 8.

The plan includes steps to create safer streets through policies promoting improved design, traffic law enforcement and education. While there are ongoing city efforts in these areas, the plan lays out a coordinated and systematic approach to explore ways of reaching the goal.

The city is scheduled to begin putting the plan in place in July.

The 25-page plan includes:

  • An explanation of Vision Zero, including how the Vision Zero approach to safe mobility differs from the traditional approach to traffic and pedestrian safety.
  • Background on Vision Zero efforts in the city, county and globally.
  • An explanation of how the plan will ensure fairness and equity.
  • A brief crash data analysis and an explanation of how further data analysis will help create a systematic approach to providing safe mobility citywide.
  • Descriptions of engineering, enforcement, education and policy actions to take toward achieving Vision Zero.
  • An explanation of how the plan will be implemented to ensure transparency and accountability to meet Vision Zero goals.

For more information, visit or find the May 4 Mayor and Council meeting agenda at

Biking Safely During the COVID-19 Emergency

While there is a stay-at-home order in place, bicycle rides can still be one way of getting outdoors for exercise. With spring here, cycling, when done appropriately, is a great way to enjoy the weather and shake up your social distancing routine.

Bicycling is a cure for cabin fever during the COVID-19 emergency, but be sure to be safe.

Here are some helpful tips about keeping safe while cycling during the COVID-19 emergency:

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Live Mayor and Council Meeting Updates on Covid-19

Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton will deliver a livestreamed update before each Mayor and Council meeting, and the meeting itself will include an update by Mark Landahl, Rockville’s emergency manager, on the city’s COVID-19 response.

The meeting will be conducted by teleconference and be broadcast live on Rockville 11 and via livestreaming at, and will be available on demand beginning Tuesday at

Comments for community forum will be accepted in writing. Email by 2 p.m. Monday to submit comments.

Find the Mayor and Council agenda at

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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