Announced by Howard County Executive Calvin Ball on July 1st:
The last 15 months have been very difficult for everyone in our county, particularly for the restaurant industry. As the statewide emergency order is still legally in effect, the expiration of restrictions on July 1st will have no impact on the current temporary outdoor seating permits that have been issued by the Howard County Department of Licenses, Inspections, and Permits. These permits will be valid at least through August 15th.
We understand the importance of maintaining the current outdoor seating structure at least through the summer months, which is why we are in the process of determining an additional grace period beyond August 15th that would allow outdoor seating to continue. More guidance will be forthcoming.
This is good news for a number of business owners. Hopefully the County will extend these temporary permits through at least the Fall for businesses welcoming customers back.