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Community Associations are required by Maryland Law to hold open meetings for any Board or Committee of the Association.  There are limited exceptions in the Open Meetings Act, but none of them deal with a State of Emergency.  The Montgomery County Commission on Common Ownership Communities recently issued a press release addressing how community associations should deal with the emergency.  The CCOC has determined that Community Associations may hold their regular meetings by teleconference, until the State of Emergency is lifted.  However, any annual meetings or special meetings should be postponed until after the emergency is lifted.  The full press release is as follows:

For Immediate Release: Friday, March 6, 2020

To All Homeowners and Condominium Common Ownership Communities: In light of the concern regarding the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, Montgomery County Commission on Common Ownership Communities (CCOC) is providing a temporary waiver allowing and recommending all associations to consider the use of telephone/video conferencing to conduct board meetings, providing all members of the association the opportunity to join in/participate. Additionally, other forms of electronic media and communication is permissible only if it can be accessed and used by all members of the association. Associations shall periodically check the CCOC website at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/ccoc to get updates to the exception on in-person board meetings. Release ID: 20-003
Media Contact: CCOC@MontgomeryCountyMD.gov 240-777-0311