This page provides updates on local government orders and mandates related to COVID-19.
ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY (County Executive Steuart Pittman)
As of Wednesday, December 16th at 5 p.m. until January 13th at 8 a.m., County Executive Steuart Pittman has implemented the following restrictions:
- Personal services establishments (hair stylist, nail salons, barbers), retail establishments, and social clubs/fraternities– decreased to 25% maximum occupancy.
- Fitness Centers are restricted to 25% capacity and may not conduct classes or group fitness activities; all staff and customers must wear face coverings at all times.
- Gaming Facilities (casinos) are restricted to 25% capacity and no alcohol or food service except for carryout, delivery or curbside service.
- Religious Facility – decreased to 33% of that Religious Facility’s Maximum Occupancy. A Religious Facility may hold outdoor services for Christmas, Hanukkah or other recognized religious holidays with a gathering limit of no more than 250 persons, provided the Facility requires strict adherence to the Mandatory Health and Safety Protocols.
- Foodservice Establishments:
- Located in food courts in indoor shopping malls are restricted to carryout, delivery or curbside service only.
- According to Judge Mulford’s order, Anne Arundel County restaurants are authorized to operate at 25% capacity inside and 50% capacity outside until the next hearing, which will take place on December 28.
- Cigar and hookah lounges are closed but may sell retail products.
- Indoor social gatherings of more than 10 people remain prohibited. Outdoor social gatherings of more than 25 people remain prohibited.
- “Social gatherings” includes family gatherings, parties, cookouts, parades, festivals, conventions, fundraisers, flea markets, yard sales, and other gatherings that are not associated with operating or patronizing a business that sells merchandise from a location with a posted Maximum Occupancy.
- Indoor or outdoor venues for live performances, theaters, and indoor recreational facilities (i.e. bingo, bowling alleys, pool halls, roller rinks, and indoor ice rinks) shall close.
- All outdoor sporting venues including professional, semi-professional, amateur, recreational, collegiate, high school and motor sports venues are closed.
- Local annual license fees for Foodservice Establishments are waived and deemed paid for calendar year 2021.
- Food distribution sites (food pantries, etc.) that serve or donate food to people in need at no cost may continue to operate subject to Mandatory Health and Safety Protocols.
*Pending Executive Order
BALTIMORE CITY (Mayor Brandon M. Scott)
Effective Friday, January 22nd at 6 a.m., Mayor Brandon Scott will authorize the following COVID-19 restrictions:
- 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.
- Fitness – Gym classes are permitted to resume, socially distanced, with masks required, and limited to 10 persons.
- Indoor Recreation Establishments – All indoor recreation sites with the exception of adult entertainment and hookah & cigar lounges will be permitted to reopen at 25% max occupancy.
- Hookah & cigar lounges are allowed to keep their retail sales open at 25% max occupancy, but must remain closed to onsite consumption.
- Live Performances – Streaming of live performances will be permitted.
- “Maximum Occupancy” means:
- The maximum occupancy load of the Facility under the applicable fire code as set forth on a certificate issued for the Facility by a local fire code official.
- If no such certificate has been issued for the Facility by the local fire code official, the maximum occupancy of the Facility pursuant to applicable laws, regulations, and permits.
Click here for Mayor Brandon Scott’s latest Executive Order.
BALTIMORE COUNTY (County Executive Johnny Olszewski)
An official with Baltimore County has shared that “County officials are continuing to evaluate key metrics, remain in close consultation with hospital leaders and we remain prepared to take additional actions to protect public health. We continue to urge county residents — and all Marylanders — to follow the science: wear a mask, keep social distancing and take every precaution to keep our loved ones and neighbors safe this holiday season.”
FREDERICK COUNTY (County Executive Jan Gardner)
As of Friday, December 11th at 5 p.m., County Executive Gardner has implemented the following restrictions:
- Indoor and outdoor gatherings are limited to 25 persons or 25% maximum capacity, whichever is less
- Includes: bars; nightclubs; breweries; distilleries; wine tasting rooms; event venues including but not limited to civic service clubs, private clubs, indoor agro-tourism enterprise activities; fairgrounds; farm-based alcoholic beverage tasting rooms; farm brewery tasting rooms; rodeos; auction houses; and social and private gatherings
- Fitness centers enters, including health clubs, health spas, gyms, aquatic centers, and self-defense schools are limited to 25% of their maximum capacity
- Bingo halls, bowling alleys, pool halls, roller and ice skating rinks, social and fraternal clubs, and the indoor areas of any other establishments subject to the admission and amusement tax are limited to 50% capacity
- If 50% capacity would allow more than 50 people, then the establishment’s capacity is lowered to 25%;
- The 25% cap also applies in areas where food and beverages are served within recreational establishments.
Effective Friday, December 20th at 5 p.m., Frederick County will enforce the following restrictions:
- Religious facilities, retail establishments and malls may not exceed 50% capacity. (Religious facilities are currently capped at 50% by the Frederick County Board of Health.);
- Food service establishments are restricted for dining from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. (take-out and delivery are permitted during these hours);
- Outdoor sporting venues may not exceed 50% capacity.
Click here for County Executive Gardner’s latest Executive Order.
HARFORD COUNTY (County Executive Barry Glassman)
Given an increase in COVID-19 cases, County Executive Barry Glassman has implemented the following measures:
- Indoor dining operations for bars and restaurants must reduce from 75% to 50% maximum capacity;
- Indoor gatherings are limited to 25 persons or less;
- Retail establishments may continue to operate at 75% maximum capacity;
- All Harford County offices and facilities will close to the public;
- Indoor parks and recreation facilities, tournaments, and organized outdoor activities on county fields will be suspended.
Click here for County Executive Glassman’s latest press release.
As of December 10, 2020, Harford County will not be planning further restrictions at this time. County Executive Barry Glassman stated to news outlets that he will “continue to monitor [the County’s] numbers daily, but I am not planning further restrictions at this time. Our best defense until we get a vaccine is for each of us to take personal responsibility for staying safe and protecting others.”
HOWARD COUNTY (County Executive Calvin Ball)
County Executive Calvin Ball has aligned with the following statewide restrictions:
- Indoor dining operations for bars and restaurants will reduce from 75% to 50% maximum capacity;
- Indoor gatherings are limited to 25 people or less;
- All non-essential employees are strongly encouraged to telework;
- Senior center and nursing home visitations are prohibited if the facility is currently conducting outbreak testing;
- Retail establishments may continue to operate at 75% maximum capacity.
Click here for Howard County’s latest update.
As of December 10, 2020, there are no new official updates.
MONTGOMERY COUNTY (County Executive Marc Elrich)
Effective as of Tuesday, December 15th at 5 p.m.:
- Food service establishments will be closed for indoor dining services (outdoor dining, drive-thru, carryout, and delivery will all continue to be allowed)
- Outdoor dining will be restricted to 6 a.m. through 10 p.m.;
- Retail establishments, including large retail and grocery stores, will be limited to one person per 200 square feet of retail space not to exceed 150 persons;
- All social, community, recreational, and leisure gatherings are limited to a maximum of one person per 200 square feet or 25 persons, whichever is lower;
- Fitness centers must strictly enforce social distancing and face mask wearing measures;
- Sporting events must now abide by social gathering limits of a 25 person maximum (including parents, guardians, and immediate family members).
PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY (County Executive Angela Alsobrooks)
As of Wednesday, December 16th at 5 p.m. until January 16th, County Executive Angela Alsobrooks has taken the following measures:
- Food service establishments must close indoor dining spaces, but outdoor dining may operate at 50% maximum capacity
- Excludes: drive-thru, carry-out, curbside, and delivery services
- Retail establishments and fitness centers must reduce their operations to 25% maximum occupancy
- The MGM National Harbor Casino may continue to operate with a 25% maximum capacity and the weekend curfew for minors remains in place every Friday- Sunday from 5 p.m. to 6 a.m.
*Pending Executive Order
The following jurisdictions have complied with Governor Hogan’s most recent statewide COVID-19 restrictions:
- Allegany County
- Calvert County
- Caroline County
- Carroll County
- Cecil County
- Charles County
- Dorchester County
- Garrett County
- Kent County
- Queen Anne’s County
- Somerset County
- Mary’s County
- Talbot County
- Washington County
- Wicomico County
- Worchester County
For more information on the latest updates of Maryland’s Roadmap to Recovery, click here.
(*This page was last updated 1/20/2021.)