Reopening Guidance

Effective 5 p.m. on Friday, December 11, capacity limits for indoor recreation establishments are revised as follows:

  • 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.

Executive Order 07-2020

Effective 5 p.m. on Friday, November 20, Governor Larry Hogan has set 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 cannot be open to the public for dining from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Take-out and delivery are allowed during these hours.
  • Outdoor sporting venues may not exceed 50% capacity.

Details can be found in State Executive Order 20-11-17-01.

The following requirements by the Frederick County Board of Health are in effect as of 5 p.m. on November 13:

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  • All residents ages 5 and older must wear face coverings:
    • In all indoor public spaces. This includes tobaccoist shops, cigar bars, vapor lounges, and hookah lounges.
    • In all public outdoor spaces where the person is unable to consistently maintain at least six feet of distance from individuals who are not members of their household. 

Gathering size

  • Limiting EVENTS at indoor AND outdoor venues to 25 people or 25% of venue capacity, whichever is less.
    • This applies to 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. 
    • This will apply to wedding venues on November 30 at 9 a.m. 
  • Religious facilities are limited to 50% of their capacity.  
  • Fitness centers, including health clubs, health spas, gyms, aquatic centers, and self-defense schools are limited to 25% of their maximum capacity. Face coverings are required of all people except as allowed by the State Executive Order 20-07-29-01
  • In all cases, State requirements for physical distancing, disinfecting, and all public health measures should be followed to reduce the spread of the virus.

Enforcement of this regulation will include increasing fines starting at $250.

Governor Larry Hogan's Executive Order 20-11-10-01 limits restaurants in Maryland to 50% of their capacity. In addition, the Maryland Department of Health issued an advisory strongly recommending that Marylanders limit travel to essential purposes only. Earlier statewide Executive Orders have set capacity limits for retail businesses at 75% capacity. State requirements for physical distancing, disinfecting, and all public health measures should be followed to reduce the spread of the virus.

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

Face Covering Required - Spread Kindness

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