Reopening Guidance

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

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