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RESTAURANTS, POOLS, SPORTS CAN BEGIN REOPENING TODAY IN Maryland

Effective at 5 p.m. Friday, May 29, 2020, restaurants and social organizations may begin safely reopening for outdoor dining following strict public health requirements.


Stage One Activities Effective Friday, May 29, at 5:00 pm:

OUTDOOR DINING. Restaurants as well as social organizations such as American Legions, VFWs, and Elks Clubs will be able to begin safely reopening for outdoor dining following strict public health requirements consistent with the CDC, FDA, and the National Restaurant Association. Read the governor’s order here.

Restaurants must:

  • Ensure patrons are appropriately distanced with no more than six people seated at a table, with the exception of members of the same household.

  • Ensure patrons are seated at least six feet away from each other, except for households seated together.

  • Use single-use disposable paper menus or sanitize reusable menus between each seating.

  • Sanitize outdoor tables and chairs between each customer seating.

  • Train staff in current COVID-19 health and workplace guidelines.

  • Begin screening procedures including daily temperature checks of all staff.

  • Ensure staff wear masks or face coverings when interacting with other employees or patrons.

In an effort to promote safer dining and support the restaurant industry, the governor is encouraging local jurisdictions to expand the footprint of outdoor dining by allowing for the closing of streets and expanding into parking lots and public outdoor spaces.

Guidance and best practices for restaurants.

YOUTH SPORTS. Outdoor youth sports may resume following appropriate CDC guidelines including:

  • Limited, low-contact outdoor practices focused on individual skill building versus competition.

  • Limited group sizes.

  • Limited touching of shared equipment and gear.

  • The ability to engage in physical distancing while not actively engaged in play.

Guidance and best practices for youth sports.

YOUTH DAY CAMPS. Outdoor activities at youth day camps may resume under the following guidance:

  • Capacity limitation of no more than 10 individuals in a group.

  • Daily COVID symptom checks for youth camp staff and campers.

  • No out-of-state or overnight campers will be permitted.

  • Physical distancing and masks will be required for all staff and campers.

Department of Health directives regarding youth camp programs. Guidance and best practices for youth day camps.


OUTDOOR POOLS. All outdoor pools may reopen with strict safety guidelines including:

  • 25% capacity restrictions.

  • Strict physical distancing and sanitization measures.

  • Patrons will be required to sign-in and sign-out.

  • All pools will be required to post signage warning anyone who is sick not to enter.

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