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Garrett County Government Facilities Reopening for Public Use

Last Updated on Mar 4, 2021 at 3:26pm | Communications Office
Nearly a year ago, on March 22, 2020, Garrett County Government closed County facilities and limited county operations to comply with Maryland Governor Hogan’s Executive Order in response to COVID-19.
 
Through the pandemic, Garrett County Government employees have continued to provide services by working remotely and utilizing staggered schedules of time in our facilities.
 
Effective Monday, March 8, 2021, all Garrett County Government buildings will reopen to the public. Note the following guidelines are in place:
 
-Face covering is required
-Social distancing must be maintained
-Appointments are strongly encouraged (walk-ins may not be permitted)
 
“Garrett County Government services have been available throughout last year’s COVID-19 challenges, but we are very happy to be able to now reopen our facilities for the public,” said Paul Edwards, Chair of the Board of Garrett County Commissioners. “Remember that wearing a face covering, keeping your social distance, and washing your hands frequently will keep us all as safe as possible.”
 
Also, in effect with the next Public Meeting on March 16, 2021, all Board of Garrett County Commissioners Public Meetings will be reopened to the public. Note the following guidelines are in place:
           
-Face covering is required
-Social distancing must be maintained
-Seating is limited to approximately 15 people in the meeting room, including the Commissioners, County staff and presenters (if in person)
-Seating will be first come-first served and limited to the first 15 in line
-No public attendees will be admitted into the County Office Building for the meeting until ten (10) minutes prior to the meeting starting time
-Anyone wishing to make comments during the public comment period must sign up when he or she enters the meeting room
-When called upon, the commenter must go to the podium to provide comments
-Comments are limited to three (3) minutes
-Any comments not made in person will be accepted via the email gccomments@garrettcounty.org and will be addressed at the next Public Meeting
-Persons wishing to make presentations may do so in person or via a streaming service (Zoom/Teams/Google)
-Each Public Meeting will continue to be live-streamed on Facebook at Facebook.com/GarrettCountyGovernment
 
Garrett County Government remains in daily contact with the local emergency operations organizations and will update local protocols as needed.  
 
All citizens must also follow the safety measures that Maryland Governor Hogan has enacted, including wearing face coverings inside all retail establishments and in restaurants until seated at a table. Maintaining social distance, washing hands frequently, and using hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available is also recommended.
 
COVID-19 information for Garrett County is available at garretthealth.org. Anyone with medical questions about the virus may call the Health Department COVID-19 Hotline at 301-334-7698.