Restaurant Association: Montgomery Company ‘on an island’ with indoor food ban


An advocate for the food and hospitality industry in Maryland is raising heat on Montgomery County to loosen its grip on indoor dining restrictions.

An advocate for the food and hospitality industry in Maryland is raising heat on Montgomery County to loosen its grip on indoor dining restrictions.

The Restaurant Association of Maryland, or RAM, is calling the county after Prince George decided to join other jurisdictions by allowing for 25% indoor dining capacity. DC and Baltimore also lifted their own restrictions last week.

Since December 10, indoor food has been banned in Montgomery County.

“Montgomery County is now on an island by itself,” association president and CEO Marshall Weston told WTOP.

Weston cited falling COVID-19 metrics in Montgomery County, such as the positivity rate, which currently stands at 6.6%, according to RAM news. The release also noted that Prince George’s positivity rate is 9.6% higher.

“When you’re really looking at all the Matrix that Montgomery County claims to see, we see good news and good signs,” Westland said.

But Montgomery County’s COVID-19 dashboard cites that it classifies as “very high risk of transmission”, such as the seven-day average number of new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents.

As of 25 January, the number was 35.4.

Weston believes there are other better-looking county metrics, such as falling hospitalizations and the number of cases “have fallen in double digits in the past two weeks.”

Montgomery County’s dashboard reported 460 new daily cases on 11 January, while 400 two weeks later on 25 January 25.

Weston believes restaurants are not a problem of COVID-19 proliferation, but may be part of the solution.

“Because restaurants continue to provide a safe and regulated place for people to gather, and without a place to go, such as restaurants, people continue to gather at parties and in their homes, which we are certainty Know with. COVID-19 spread, “said Weston.

Weston was asked about some of the common logic behind the indoor dining ban for safety reasons and the new COVID-19 variant.

“These are the kinds of reasons that come from people who are getting paid,” Weston said.

WTOP has approached Montgomery County for feedback on the association’s report.


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