See the latest update here: Restrictions on indoor and outdoor dining and bars in Maryland by county due to COVID-19 – Updated January 20th

Here is a listing (that I updated on January 13 at 1:30pm) 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:

January 13th – Citing continuing high COVID-19 case rates and hospitalization numbers, County Executive Steuart Pittman signed a new executive order today, reinforcing the restrictions put in place in December. Executive Order #41 maintains the maximum capacity for restaurants, retail businesses and social clubs at 25 percent and religious facilities at 33 percent. The executive order also expressly permits outdoor “garden domes,” which are stand-alone clear weatherproof domes designed to fit over and enclose a single dining table. Several local restaurants are using these structures to provide safe dining enclosures and the executive order now brings them into compliance with state and local regulations. (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 15th – The Montgomery County Council approved County Executive Marc Elrich’s Executive Order 139-20 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)


Scott E


  1. I’m sorry but with the current surge indoor dining period is not safe. Restaurants and bars and their employees need financial help while they are closed until this pandemic is under control.

    • You’re a clown Robin. Stay home in bed if you’re scared. The rest of us have lives to live.

  2. There are plenty of ways to still allow indoor dining and also safely distance. More than 20 restaraunts in Bethesda have gone out of business! These people have families and most of them are single parents. They are the heart of this county. Montgomery County Government is totally incompetent and lacks the necessary innovation needed to find new solutions! It’s time to replace MC government with new action and solution oriented leaders who know how to deliver new innovative solutions for all.

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