Most City facilities are closed to the public. The Police Department is open for certain limited services on weekdays, and 24/7 for emergency services.

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Information and Resources: COVID-19 Response

The State of Maryland requires the wearing of masks in these situations:

  1.  in or on any Public Transportation;
  2. indoors at any location where members of the public are generally  permitted
  3. outdoors and unable to consistently maintain at least six feet of distance from individuals who are not members of their household;
  4. obtaining healthcare service
  5. engaged in work in any area where:
    1. interaction with others is likely, including without limitation, in shared areas of commercial offices; or
    2. food is prepared or packaged.

Takoma Park by the Numbers 

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

Reopening Information

Reopening Montgomery

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. 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 cancelled or converted to virtual/remote activities. Rentals of City facilities have been cancelled,
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 invoices 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
  • 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.

Washington Adventist Hospital opens as Alternate Care Site

The alternate care site for COVID-19 patients in recovery started operating in a phased approach beginning Tuesday, May 26, with a 21-bed unit which could expand over time based upon need. The Adventist HealthCare Urgent Care Center on the Takoma Park campus will remain open.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The Takoma Park campus WILL NOT have an
emergency department and WILL NOT accept patients directly. All community members experiencing a life-threatening medical emergency should call 911. 

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.

Masks

  • Takoma Park residents in need of masks should contact housing@takomaparkmd.gov or 301-891-7119.
  • Residents willing and able to donate masks for residents in need, please bring masks to drop off box in Police Station lobby.
  • Make your own face coverings, both sew and non-sew instructions.
  • Caring for your masks:
    • Wash by machine with your regular laundry on the warmest setting appropriate to the fabric type, or
    • Wash by hand in a solution of 4 teaspoons household bleach per quart of room temperature water. Soak the mask in the bleach solution for 5 minutes and  rinse thoroughly with cool or room temperature water
    • Dry at highest setting in dryer or air dry in sunlight if possible.

For Businesses 

  • 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

Emergency Assistance

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS)

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.

Housing

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

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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