Frederick County will align with the Governor’s recent action to lift capacity limitations for certain businesses and activities. Businesses must continue to comply with all distancing, disinfecting and masking requirements. Restaurants must continue to space tables at least 6 feet apart, according to the Governor’s Executive Order, which means many restaurants’ capacity will still be limited. Diners must remain seated and cannot congregate. Most citizens will see no difference. Religious organizations, personal services, and indoor recreation establishments should continue to follow all directives and requirements for distancing, cleaning and disinfecting. Masks remain mandatory in all public spaces for people ages 5 and older.
The Frederick County Board of Health regulations that were enacted on Nov. 27, 2020, remain in place. Those regulations limit social gatherings, both inside and outside, to 25 people. Social gatherings include parties, cookouts, parades, celebrations, festivals, conventions and fundraisers, but do not include normal business operations. Wedding venues are limited to 50% and may not serve food in a buffet format. Fitness centers, health clubs, gyms, aquatic centers, and self-defense schools to 25% capacity. A majority vote of the Board of Health is needed to lift these limitations.
Food Service Establishments
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.
CDC Restaurants and Bars Reopening Decision Tool
Printable Signs for Businesses
Take the Back to Business Pledge
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).
Updated information from the CDC to prepare office buildings for re-opening, as of May 27th.
Safety Best Practices
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
CDC Reopening Decision Tools