Business Closures & Restrictions During COVID-19

  • Closure of all Entertainment Venues and Enclosed Shopping Malls – This includes bowling alleys, amusement parks, bingo halls, casinos, racetracks, and other venues, and is in addition to the closure of bars, restaurants, movie theaters, and fitness centers that was previously announced. Businesses which provide drive-through, carry-out, and food delivery services may continue to do so. Read about specific closures in the executive order.
  • Carry-out and Delivery of Alcoholic Beverages – Businesses that serve alcohol are now permitted to provide carry-out and delivery of alcoholic beverages. Read the executive order.
  • Restricted Gatherings of More than 10 People – Social, community, religious, recreation, and sporting events and gatherings of more than 10 people are now strictly prohibited in all locations and venues in Maryland. This follows updated CDC guidelines. Read more about the restrictions in the executive order.
  • Businesses Not Mentioned in Executive Orders for Business Closure
    • If you are not a business that was specifically mentioned in the executive orders regarding business closures, you are still permitted to operate, but are required to follow health protocols such as social distancing. If you remain open, it is critical that you do everything in your power to prevent groups of 10 or more people from congregating in one area.
    • Please use your best judgement and consider the possible impact on your employees and customers if you stay open. Public utility, such as the need to provide food or essential supplies, must be balanced with the need to preserve public health. Find business advice from the CDC.
    • The Governor’s Office, Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), and several state agencies are continuing to look at every industry and make determinations about essential services. We will update this webpage as we have more information.
  • Restricted Use of Public Transportation – No one should use public transit such as MARC, Amtrak, Metro, or bus services except emergency personnel, front-line health-care workers, or those whose jobs are essential to the supply chain. There are significant reductions in MARC train, local and commuter bus, and light rail services in order to slow the spread of the virus. Please visit the Maryland Transit Administration for updated route and scheduling information.