Restrictions on indoor and outdoor dining and bars in Maryland by county due to COVID-19 – Updated January 13th

Here is a listing (that I updated on December 30th at 11:15am) of restrictions by county in Maryland on indoor and outdoor dining and bars due to the COVID-19 pandemic:



November 10th – INDOOR DINING CAPACITY REDUCED TO 50%. The governor issued an emergency order reducing indoor operations for bars and restaurants from 75% to 50%. Bars and restaurants in the State of Maryland are permitted to be open for seated and distanced service only, with strict capacity restrictions (Read More)

November 17th – Governor Hogan Institutes 10 PM Closure for Bars and Restaurants (Read More)

Baltimore City:

December 9th – All food service establishments will be closed to indoor and outdoor dining starting on Friday (December 11th) at 5 p.m (Read More)

Anne Arundel County:

Update December 30th – Anne Arundel County Executive Issues Executive Order to Maintain Indoor Dining at 25% Capacity. Today’s order allows indoor dining at 25 percent capacity for establishments that collect information for contact tracing purposes and follow all other safety protocols. Outdoor dining is permitted, provided that tents have at least half of the number of sides up at all times. (Read More)

UPDATE December 16th – An Anne Arundel County judge agreed Wednesday to issue a temporary restraining order to block the county executive’s order that banned indoor dining. As a result of the judge’s order and until a decision is made in the Dec. 28 hearing, the county’s restaurant restrictions revert to those found in Executive Order No. 38, which limits indoor dining capacity to 25% of maximum capacity. (Read More)

December 10th – Effective December 16th Foodservice Establishments will be restricted to carryout, delivery or curbside service only. No indoor or outdoor seating is permitted. (Read More)

Prince George’s County:

December 10th – Starting at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, December 16, indoor dining at restaurants must close. Indoor dining is also prohibited at banquets, receptions and meeting rooms in hotels, conference centers and similar establishments. Outdoor dining will be allowed at 50% capacity, and restaurants can still offer curbside and takeout services. (Read More)

Montgomery County:

December 9th – The new Executive Order 139-20 will restrict restaurant service to outdoor dining only (Outdoor dining will be prohibited between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., per an existing Executive Order from Maryland Governor Larry Hogan.). Carry-out, delivery and drive-through service will be allowed to continue. The Executive Order has been sent to the County Council for its review. The Council can approve or disapprove the order but cannot change it. (Read More)

December 10th – The Montgomery County Council will introduce, hold a public hearing, and vote on a resolution and Board of Health Regulation that would approve Executive Order 139-20 at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, December 15, 2020. If approved by the Council, Executive Order 139-20 would be effective December 15, 2020 at 5 p.m. (Read More)

December 15th – The Montgomery County Council approved County Executive Marc Elrich’s Executive Order 139-20AM2 today that suspends indoor dining, reduces indoor sports gatherings to no more than 10 people and reduces the maximum capacity of retail establishments. The new restrictions go into effect today at 5 p.m. (Read More)

Randi Bass (Reporter & Weekend Morning Anchor for @WDVMTV) reports the following:

The updates above are the latest I have seen for bars and restaurants in Maryland. Here are some statements from organizations on this topic:

NFIB Maryland (a member-driven organization advocating for small and independent businesses in Washington, D.C. & all 50 states) issued the following press release on this topic around 4:30pm on December 10th:

Local officials, including the county executives of Anne Arundel, Montgomery, and Prince George’s counties, recently announced additional restrictions on retail, personal services, recreational businesses, and bars and restaurants saying they are necessary to stem the flow of the COVID-19 virus. These restrictions include the elimination of indoor dining, further restrictions in capacity at indoor establishments, and the full closure of various facilities. The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) in Maryland, which represents thousands of small businesses in the state, reacted to the news. The following comments are from NFIB’s Maryland State Director, Mike O’Halloran:

“This is extremely difficult news for hundreds of small businesses in these jurisdictions. Owners are doing everything they can to protect their employees, customers, and clients. But every time businesses are forced to close, however temporary officials think it might be, or face restrictions which make it impossible to operate, those closures and restrictions mean more businesses will shut down for good, more jobs will be lost forever, and the unemployment numbers will grow.

We are at a point of no return for so many small businesses. They have gone to great lengths and great expense to follow every health requirement when it comes to PPE, physical installations, social distancing, and restrictions on customers and operations. Business owners did that to stay open and preserve jobs. But these latest restrictions will likely mean the end for many small businesses especially with financial assistance already exhausted.”

On December 9th the Restaurant Association of Maryland released a statement on the announcement from Baltimore City shutting down indoor and outdoor dining:

“Restaurants are frustrated and angry that their livelihoods, and the livelihoods of their employees, have been taken away from them. Restaurants need significantly more financial relief to ensure that their employees can make ends meet and that the restaurant can continue to pay rent and be able to reopen fully when restrictions are lifted. Mayor Scott has taken significant and drastic actions in the interest of public health, and he now needs to take the same significant and drastic actions to ensure that 1,400 City restaurants also survive this pandemic.”

I will continue to try and track restrictions from other counties if new restrictions are put in place…as always I will watch closely for announcements here in Howard County.

Scott E