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Information and Resources: COVID-19 Reopening Schedule

Takoma Park Reopening Schedule

Please visit this page often as more information and details become available as the City opens, this page will be updated frequently.

The Takoma Park Maryland Library, Public Works, and the Police Department are open for in-person services. Note: Masks are required in all City Facilities.

Passports and Notary Services require an appointment.

Passport Service:
Monday – Thursday
9:00 am – 11:00 am only
Schedule an appointment by emailing sofiav@takomaparkmd.gov or calling 301-891-7100.
For more information visit: Passports

Notary Service:
Schedule an appointment by emailing IrmaN@takomaparkmd.gov or calling 301-891-7214.
For more information visit: Notary

City Offices and facilities will open to the public on Monday, August 23

You are not required to come in person to conduct most of your business with the City. Staff continues to be available by phone and email, fees can be paid online or by phone, answers to your inquiries can likely be found on the website.

City Manager Jamal Fox has implemented a mask mandate for all city buildings and facilities in the City of Takoma Park. The mask mandate applies to all employees, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, and all visitors.

Montgomery County Reopening Information

Reopening Montgomery

  • Montgomery County reopening guidelines for businesses and activities can be found here:

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

New COVID-19 Vaccination Sites

Montgomery College – Germantown (as of this week)
Bioscience Education Building 20200 Observation Drive, Germantown
Open every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

East County Recreation Center (as of Oct. 11)
3310 Gateshead Manor Way, Silver Spring
Sunday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.

Silver Spring Civic Building (as of Oct. 11)
1 Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring
Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

To find out if you qualify for an additional dose of the Pfizer vaccine and to make an appointment, visit www.GoVAXMoco.com  Walk-ins are available, but appointments are recommended.

COVID-19 Testing Sites (as of Oct. 11)

Dennis Avenue Health Center
2000 Dennis Avenue, Silver Spring
Open seven days weekly 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Montgomery College-Rockville
CE Building—off parking lot 11
51 Mannakee Street, Rockville
Open seven days weekly 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Upcounty Regional Services Center
12900 Middlebrook Road, Germantown
Open seven days weekly 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Find out about additional free COVID-19 testing clinics and make an appointment at www.MoCoCOVIDTesting.org.  Walk-ups are allowed, but appointments are recommended to decrease waiting times.

For the latest COVID-19 updates, visit the County’s COVID-19 website as well as the County’s data dashboard or follow Montgomery County on Facebook @MontgomeryCountyInfo and Twitter @MontgomeryCountyMD.

Takoma Park by the Numbers

View the dashboard to access up-to-date data on confirmed cases,  infection rates, and demographic breakdown.

How to Stay in touch with the City

City Facilities and Services

Facilities Closed – Emergency Police  and Services Continue
  • City of Takoma Park facilities, including City offices, the Library, and the Recreation Center are closed until the health emergency ends. The Library has a curb-side pick-up service and virtual programming. The Recreation Department offers virtual programming and some outdoor activities. City Staff are working remotely.
  • Police Department offices are open for limited services, but all emergency police services remain available 24/7.
  • Most meetings, classes, and events have been canceled or converted to virtual/remote activities. Rentals of City facilities have been canceled,
Police Department
Finance

Although the City building is closed, the Finance Office is staffed and accepting payment for City fees by phone and credit card.

Payments associated with a City-issued invoice may be made either by phone or online by Visa, Mastercard, or Discover. A convenience fee of 2.9% or $1.50, whichever is greater, will be charged. The following fees can be paid online:

Please call 301-891-7212 to talk with Finance staff or to make a payment by credit card.

Library
Public Works: Services
  • Residents can continue to request public works services or report hazardous conditions via phone at 301 891 7633 or email publicworks@takomaparkmd.gov.
  • Regular collection service for trash, recycling, food waste, and yard waste will continue as normal until further notice.
Permits and Licenses
  • Public Works is still processing permit applications for tree removal, tree protection, storage pods or dumpsters in the right of way, driveway aprons or work in the right of way. Permit applications can be accessed on the city’s website and should be mailed with fee payment to the Public Works office: 31 Oswego Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910.
  • Municipality Letters for construction or renovation can be obtained by following these directions.
Recreation
  • See City-wide plans for #TKPKnoknockhalloween
  • Visit the Virtual Community Center for access to online classes and programs.
  • Phone a Neighbor: Sign up for the Rec Dept’s “Phone a Neighbor Program.” We are looking for seniors who want to receive occasional phone calls and the residents who can volunteer to make them. To sign up please email JavonteM@takomaparkmd.gov or call Ms. Paula at 240-687-4132.
  • Follow the City on Facebook and Twitter to see Recreation Approved Resources,  for crafts and activities from around the world.  And in case you missed some they are all listed at the bottom right of this page.
City TV

City TV is on the job helping to make City programs accessible at a distance, such as Ms. Karen’s popular Circle Time.

  • Find local programming on RCN – Channel 13, HD Channel 1060; Comcast/Xfinity – Channel 13; Verizon Fios – Channel 28)
  • Archives of programs can be found on the City TV YouTube channel.

Council Meetings

Due to the public health crisis, City Council meetings will be held remotely by video conference.

Watch live (or view afterward) the City Council meeting in all the usual ways:

Public Comments on Voting Items Only
Persons wishing to submit comments for the City Council meeting should send the comments to clerk@takomaparkmd.gov. Public comments on voting items will be read aloud.

City Manager Comments :

The City Manager’s comments and Emergency Actions can be found on the City Manager’s webpage.

Resources and Programs to Give or Receive Assistance

This is not a complete list. Please let us know if there are any additional resources we should share with our community. Before visiting businesses please make sure nothing has changed in their status.

Face Coverings / Masks
Updated August 12, 2021

Face coverings must be worn

Indoors

In common indoor areas

When using public transportation – federal government requirement.

Housing

  • The rent relief moratorium will end on August 15, 2021

For Businesses 

  • 10/22/20: Governor Hogan Announces $250 Million “Maryland Strong: Economic Recovery Initiative
    • This new $250 million ‘Maryland Strong: Economic Recovery Initiative’ will be critical to the thousands of struggling restaurants, small businesses, and Main Streets across the state that are attempting to weather this crisis,” said Governor Hogan. “I have directed our entire team in each agency to ensure that this much-needed funding gets out the door to our struggling citizens and small businesses as quickly as possible. We also intend to work closely with our local partners so that they can assist in expeditiously getting this money into the hands of those who need it most.”
  • Maryland Business Relief Wizard Tool to connect businesses with the resources and programming for which they’re eligible, streamlining the process of finding support.
  • COVID-19 FAQs in several languages covering State services,  general safety guidance, and health information.

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Health Information – Trusted Sources

Food

Especially for Seniors

  • Maryland’s Caregiver Services Corps Seniors or their loved ones may call 2-1-1 to be connected with the help center if a friend or family member who typically provides care becomes temporarily unavailable. Volunteers can be deployed to seniors’ homes to provide assistance, including with maintaining daily hygiene routines, preparing meals, picking up groceries or medications, or connecting virtually with health care providers.  The call center is available 7 days a week and is capable of taking calls in many languages.
  • Village of Takoma Park– The Village of Takoma Park provides support for older adults and people with disabilities.
  • Maryland Seniors Call Check-in Program
  • Resource Packet for Older Adults compiled by Montgomery County Aging and Disability Services.

Emergency Assistance

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS)

Montgomery County Resources for Residential Buildings

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Job-Related Resources

  • Jobs 
  • U.S. Department of Labor Do the requirements and benefits provided for in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) apply to you? This online tool will quickly walk you through a handful of options to determine your eligibility as an employee for paid sick leave or paid expanded family and medical leave, or your obligations as an employer to provide paid sick leave or paid expanded family and medical leave.
  • Maryland Department of Labor
    How to apply for Unemployment Insurance
    COVID-19 Unemployment Insurance Update
  • Support for local businesses – Donate to these funds to support local businesses:
    • City fund to provide micro-grants to local businesses throughout the City
    • Old Town Business Association micro-grants program supporting Old Town-based businesses

Legal Assistance

  • Civil Justice and the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service are providing free one-on-one legal advice and consultation for homeowners facing foreclosure who do not have legal representation. There are no income restrictions.
    Helpline 443-808-0076 Mondays 1:30 pm—6:00 pm, Wednesdays 8:00 am—12:30 pm
  • Civil Justice, Inc. 410-706-0174, Monday, Wednesday, Friday – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm for help with garnishment of stimulus check, auto fraud and repossession abuse
  • Catholic University of America Community Legal Services 202-319-6788 for help with Chapter 7 bankruptcy, IRS disputes and payment agreements
  • Civil Justice, Inc. 410-706-0174, Monday, Wednesday, Friday – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm for help with garnishment of stimulus check, auto fraud and repossession abuse
  • Catholic University of America Community Legal Services 202-319-6788 for help with Chapter 7 bankruptcy, IRS disputes and payment agreements
  • Maryland Legal Aid – Montgomery County Office, Legal assistance, including Wills and Powers of Attorney. 240-314-0373
  • Pro Bono Program of the Montgomery County Bar Foundation, Inc., Wills and Powers of Attorney 301-424-7651
  • Standby Guardianship Project, Inc., help with Standby Guardianship form and family safety planning. Maureen Laurenas 240-773-8260 and Cam Crockett 240-535-5966

Public Transportation

  • Free COVID-19 Vaccine transportation: Regency Taxi and Barwood Taxi are providing free transportation to adults aged 65 and up to and from their Covid vaccination appointments. Once you are qualified for your vaccine, call Regency Taxi or Barwood Taxi to schedule your free ride!
    • Regency Taxi: 301- 990- 9000
    • Barwood Taxi: 301-984-1900

Utilities

Utility, Phone and Internet Reconnections During the Maryland State of Emergency
Montgomery County Utility Assistance Program to help low-income residents pay utility bills

Internet Service:
Pepco:
Washington Gas
WSSC

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