With most of the country opening and Montgomery County beginning to ease local restrictions, there will be more opportunities to collect in person. Although Montgomery County will allow the Department of Parks and Recreation to open the senior centers, MCCC has not been told as to the rules for the public to rent space at the centers. Please keep your schedules flexible so that we can begin meeting in person again when the county allows us back into the senior center.
Since the beginning of the quarantine because of the COVID-19 pandemic, most coin shows have been canceled. Although there have been shows held, mostly in Las Vegas, the shows in the Maryland and Northern Virginia Region were canceled through September. The show calendar has been updated to reflect the cancellations.
Maryland’s ongoing state of emergency, declared March 12 by Governor Larry Hogan to help control the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, has closed the June 2020 Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo bourse. The Expo, originally scheduled for June 18–20 at the Baltimore Convention Center, will be closed for all bourse activities including dealer buying and selling, educational programs, and club meetings. The auction of Stack’s Bowers Galleries will be held on the previously announced dates at its California home offices.
Following the state of emergency declared by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo scheduled for March 19–21 at the Baltimore Convention Center was canceled. The Stack’s Bowers Galleries Auction scheduled for the expo will be moved to their offices in California and will be held online.
At this point the county is not closing the senior centers. They do recommend that if the event can be postponed to do so (we would have to cancel). Community spread of the virus is of the highest concern, although none has been documented to date. We don’t want to be in a situation where we would have to self quarantine for 14 days. I urge all members to consider their own personal situation when deciding whether to attend the meeting.
The Montgomery County Coin Club will meet as scheduled at the Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center on March 10, 2020. Montgomery County government does not believe that the public is at risk and has not ordered the cancellation of public meetings. Should the situation change, MCCC observes the cancellation policies of the Montgomery County Recreation Department. If there are any changes, media outlets will be notified. MCCC will also make the information available on our website.
MCCC encourages those with a fever, cough, cold, or who feel ill to have a speedy recovery at home and wash your hands!