2021 | Development

Planning Board to require proof of COVID-19 vaccination to attend meetings

Meetings will open to public again starting in November

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People hoping to attend Montgomery County Planning Board meetings in person will need to show proof that they’ve been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

A notice posted on the board’s website says the public will be able to again attend meetings starting Nov. 4, provided they have been vaccinated.

The Planning Board had originally planned to allow in-person attendance beginning in September, but it was delayed.

The Planning Board, like other local government bodies, began holding meetings virtually last spring as the pandemic spread rapidly.

The board still allowed people to testify about projects live by joining the virtual meeting in real time. Meetings were also streamed online, as usual. Streaming will continue when in-person meetings resume.

Since the last time the public was allowed at meetings, the Planning Board headquarters has moved from Silver Spring. The board is now at 2425 Reedie Drive in Wheaton.

About 91% of Montgomery County residents older than 12 are fully vaccinated, and 99.9% are at least partially vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.