Here is an updated listing as of January 27th:

Restrictions on indoor and outdoor dining and bars in Maryland by county due to COVID-19 – Updated January 27th

Here is a listing (that I updated on January 20th at 2:45pm) 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:

January 20th – Based on Public Health Data, Mayor Scott Eases COVID-19 Restrictions – The following changes will take effect at 6:00 a.m. on Friday, January 22, 2020:

  • Indoor Dining – Indoor dining will be allowed at 25% max occupancy.
  • Outdoor Dining – Outdoor dining will be allowed at 50% max occupancy.
    • All outdoor dining spaces must be open on all sides with no enclosures permitted. To be clear, an outdoor tent with no sides is permitted.
  • Dining – All guests will be limited to a 1-hour max time limit and restaurants must maintain a sign-in/sign-out sheet for both patrons and staff.
  • Bars – Bars without food licenses will also be allowed to reopen at 50% max outdoor capacity and 25% max indoor occupancy.
    • A 1-hour max time limit and sign-in/sign-out for patrons and staff are required.
    • This also includes breweries.

(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:

January 14th – PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY EXTENDS INDOOR DINING BAN AND OTHER COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES FOR RESTAURANTS AND OTHER BUSINESSES – Indoor dining at restaurants (and other similar establishments) will continue to be prohibited, along with dining at banquets and receptions. Dining is also prohibited at conference centers, hotel meeting rooms and similar establishments. Outdoor dining will continue to be limited to 50% capacity, and restaurants may continue to offer takeout meals and curbside service. The casino’s capacity will continue to be limited to 25% and retail establishments must continue to restrict their capacity to 25%. These measures will remain in effect until at least January 29, 2021. (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)


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