Here is a listing (that I updated on January 28th at 6:00am) of restrictions by county in Maryland on indoor and outdoor dining and bars due to the COVID-19 pandemic: (two updates below – Anne Arundel and Prince George’s counties)


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)

January 28th – Governor Hogan Announces Restaurants May Resume Service After 10 PM Beginning Monday (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 27th – Anne Arundel County Executive Loosens Capacity Limit Restrictions as COVID Case Rate Declines: Foodservice Establishments – increased indoor dining capacity to 50% of maximum occupancy. Outdoor dining is permitted provided 50% of the tent sides remain up. (Read More)

Prince George’s County:

January 26th – Via FOX 5: Prince George’s County restoring indoor dining at 25% on Friday – Limited indoor dining will return to Prince George’s County on Friday, Jan. 29, officials announced on Monday. County Executive Angela Alsobrooks said that restaurants will be permitted to have people inside at 25% capacity. (Read More)

January 26th – I did not find a press release from PG County on this topic but they have published the following Executive Order: Indoor dining permissible at 1 person/household per 200 square feet, or 25% maximum capacity, whichever is lower. Also, there must be adherence to the regulations that apply to outdoor dining (except for 50% capacity rule) (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)


I will keep an eye out for official press releases from Prince George’s County and Anne Arundel County to provide additional information on their recent announcements noted above in the article. I checked the county government websites and did not find an official statements or Executive Orders from either county this morning (that is why Fox 5 is noted as the source).

I will update this article if announcements and/or Executive Orders are posted online.

Here is a posting on Twitter from Restaurant Association of MD on the topic:

Scott E