Montgomery County health officer issues new directive saying due to COVID-19 spread, nonpublic schools should not open for in-person instruction until at least Oct. 1

Citing regulations to circumvent Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s related Aug. 3 emergency order, Montgomery County’s health officer issued a new directive Aug. 5 that again states that due to increasing rates in the spread of COVID-19, nonpublic schools there cannot reopen for in-person instruction until at least Oct. 1.

On Aug 3, Gov. Hogan issued an order overriding Montgomery County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles’s July 31 directive that private, parochial, and schools affiliated with religious institutions in the county must remain closed to in-person instruction though at least Oct. 1. The governor said at the time that “the blanket closure mandate imposed by Montgomery County was overly broad and inconsistent with the powers intended to be delegated to the county health officer.”

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