Reopening Guidance

County Launches Programs to Support Outdoor Dining

Indoor Restaurant Capacity Moves to 75% Read on...

Read the governor’s order.
Read reopening guidance for theaters.

Clarification on Phase 3 Openings

FREDERICK, Md. – Frederick County Government reminds businesses that under Governor Larry Hogan’s most recent Executive Order, currently only retail businesses are permitted to operate at 75 percent capacity. Phase 3 of Maryland’s Reopening Plan requires the following types of businesses to operate at 50% capacity: personal services, including hair salons, barber shops, tattoo salons, nail salons and massage therapy/spas; bingo halls; bowling alleys; skating rinks; fraternal and social clubs; and indoor recreation; food service businesses, including restaurants and bars; and fitness centers.

Nothing has changed for restaurants or bars. Restaurants and bars are not defined as indoor theaters or outdoor entertainment venues.

Indoor theaters are allowed to open to 50 percent of capacity, or a maximum of 100 people, whichever is less and with other limitations.

Outdoor venues where live performances or motion pictures are shown and tickets are sold can open to a maximum of 50 percent of the venue capacity, or 250 people, whichever is less.

Food Service Establishments

Frederick County Temporary Outdoor Seating Application

City of Frederick Sidewalk Cafe Permit

Directive and Order Regarding Food Service Establishments  

Restaurant Best Practices Please note that the Best Practices document is relevant to all stages and that outdoor dining only is in effect as per the governor’s executive order.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration best practices checlist for reopening

Restaurant Owner Resources for Surviving the Coronavirus Crisis​

CDC Restaurants and Bars  Reopening Decision Tool

DLC Restaurant Relaunch Toolkit

Printable Signs for Businesses

Printable Door Sign

Print Resources from the CDC

Take the Back to Business Pledge

Coronavirus Customizable Flyer

Maryland Restaurant Signage

The Workplace

U.S. Department of Labor has provided guidelines for how companies can prepare their workplace for COVID-19.

Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes


The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently updated its guidelines in response to the COVID-19 outbreak as they relate to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). 

How to Screen Employees for Coronavirus

Video: Frederick County Chamber of Commerce discusses sanitation in the workplace with Jason Lee

Updated information from the CDC to prepare office buildings for re-opening, as of May 27th.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Ready to Reopen: A Playbook for Your Small Business

PPE Resources

Maryland Manufacturing Network Supplier Portal

Safety Best Practices

Social Gathers FAQ

Directive and Order Regarding Community, Recreational, Leisure, Cultural and Sporting Gatherings and Events 

Guidance and Best Practices for Entertainment and Recreational Attractions

Guidelines and Best Practices for Indoor Fitness Centers, Martial Arts and Dance Studios

Guidance on Personal Services for Hair Salons, Barber Shops, Tattoo Shops, Nail Salons and Facials

Pool Directive Summary and Amended Pool Directive and Order (June 10)

Interim Guidance for Outdoor Youth Sports

Youth Camps Directive Summary and Youth Camps Directive and Order

Community, Recreational, Leisure, Cultural and Sporting Events Directive

Early Childhood Grants, Programming and Initiatives in Maryland During COVID-19 State of Emergency

CDC Reopening Decision Tools

Youth Program and Camps


Childcare Programs


Mass Transit