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Maryland Resource Guide

The following is a list of resources and vital information related to the state of Maryland Coronavirus Response Efforts as related to your Maryland based restaurant. This list of resource links will continue to be updated with new information as it becomes available.

Where Maryland Is In ReOpening:

In Maryland, Governor Hogan announced that effective Saturday 5/15, the State is lifting all restrictions on all indoor and outdoor dining and entertainment/ sports venues. Effectively, every Covid-19 restriction remaining on any business will be lifted Saturday, except for mask ordinances indoors. Hogan plans to lift the indoor mask ordinance when 70% of adults have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The state is only 4.6% away from that goal. A spokesperson for the Governor’s Office said that a provision in the Executive Order means that local jurisdictions have to use their own emergency powers and authorities to impose restrictions, as they have been able to do before. Click here for the Governor’s new Executive Order. Click here for the updated guidance for restaurants and foodservice businesses. 

Montgomery CountyClick here for the updated Executive Order

  • 50% capacity for indoor dining
  • 100 persons capacity for outdoor gatherings
  • 50 persons capacity for indoor gatherings
  • Buffet services for food service facilities are allowed

In Montgomery County, officials confirmed that they will stick to their current reopening plan based on vaccination progress and the phased-in roadmap they outlined in late April, and will not follow the State reopening plan. MoCo is currently in the first phase of its three-phase reopening plan. The second phase will begin when 60% of residents have received a first dose.

Once 60% of the population receives at least one dose of the vaccine, these additional allowances will begin:

  • Food service establishments move to 75% of maximum capacity
  • Most businesses move to 75% capacity and could sell food and drink for consumption while seated
  • Gathering limits increase to 250 people indoors and no limit outdoors
  • Convention and banquet facilities limited to 50% of the maximum capacity per state restrictions

Under the final phase, once 50% of the population is fully vaccinated with a second dose or a one-dose vaccine, all businesses and activities in the county will have to follow any state or Maryland Department of Health requirements in place at the time, which for restaurants includes no limit on capacity, but with 6-foot social distancing in place. Click here to see the full details of the three-phase reopening plan.

Prince George's County

  • Indoor dining capacity at restaurants 50% 
  • Indoor private gatherings limited to 20 people
  • Indoor private gatherings limited to 50 people

In Prince George’s County, County Executive Angela Alsobrooks announced the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions that will go into effect Monday 5/17 at 5:01pm, also following the County’s reopening plans already in motion rather than following the State reopening plan. In Prince George’s, restaurants, casinos, and most businesses will be able to operate at 100% capacity with social distancing and mask requirements remaining in place. Banquet halls, receptions and meeting rooms in hotels, conference centers and similar establishments will maintain 50% of maximum capacity, as will concert venues. Click here for the press release. The Executive Order is forthcoming. 

In Maryland, Governor Hogan repealed the state’s outdoor masking mandate with the exception of large-scale ticketed venues such as concerts or sporting events, citing the latest guidance issued by CDC. Note: This does not apply to Montgomery County or Prince George's County. In Montgomery County, masks are required for outdoor dining for those who are unvaccinated, except when eating and drinking. See rules here. In Prince George’s County, the official guidance is not clear, but we got confirmation from the County Executive's office that masks are required for employees and patrons in outdoor dining settings, except when eating and drinking. 

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Contact RAMW

If you have questions regarding any of the above topics or anything else, please email coronavirus@ramw.org, as this will help ensure you receive a timely response on your pressing issue. To reach out to a specific team member, please click here for our staff directory.