All City of Takoma Park City buildings closed to the public until further notice. Police Dept open 24/7 for emergency services.

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Information and Resources: COVID-19 Response

Reopening Information

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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 closed to the public, 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

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.

Public Works: Services
  • Residents can continue to request public works services or report hazardous conditions via phone at 301 891 7633 or email
  • 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.
  • Rental Housing Licenses: Routine licensing inspections for new and renewing rental properties in the City are currently suspended.  New licenses cannot be issued at this time, and pending renewals with open inspections cannot be completed until inspections are resumed.
  • 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 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 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.


  • Takoma Park residents in need of masks should contact 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.

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

Takoma Park by the Numbers as of July 31, 2020

The current count – 539 out of the City’s total population (17,768) – increases the City’s infection rate to 3% as of July 31 2020.

Please note that the age groups are now defined more narrowly than in previous reporting.

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Emergency Assistance

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS)

  • Meals: New service hours as of June 16. Students can pick up breakfast, lunch and dinner meals at school and mobile truck sites from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Bus distribution will take place from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Complete list of sites.
  • Chromebooks and Hotspots: Students may keep devices through the summer for their continued teaching and learning opportunities. Students who are participating in summer programs and still need a device or a mobile hotspot, or need to replace a device that is not working can go to 45 W. Gude Dr. in Rockville, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
  • Wellness Resources:  If you believe your child is in crisis, please contact the Montgomery County Crisis Center at 240-777-4000. Students can also reach out to their counselor and school psychologist to set up a confidential appointment.Waymaking Video Series
    Suicide Awareness
    Managing Stress and Anxiety for Students
    Managing Stress and Anxiety during Social Distancing

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.


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
  • Tax Preparation

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


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:
Washington Gas

Things to Do from Home

Virtual Community Center

Find virtual classes and events for all ages from the Recreation Department’s Virtual Community Center.


Takoma Park Library

  • This is a good time to get to know the Takoma Park library’s online offerings. Check out e-books and audiobooks, language-learning, offerings for kids, and more!
  • Need help navigating these resources?  Here’s an introduction.
  • Share Circle Time with Ms. Karen, each Tuesday morning through Zoom.
  • Enjoy story time with Ms. Kati and her children.  Check the Library Facebook Page for new videos and craft-at-home ideas regularly.
  • Join Dave for Comics Jam on Wednesdays and Sketch Club on Fridays.  Both are from 4pm-5:30, and both are via Zoom using meeting code 734-913-6285

Library of Congress

  • Visit the Engage page to engage with authors you love and explore the Library’s resources.

Montgomery County


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