Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott announced on December 9 new tighter capacity restrictions on restaurants and other establishments, which he said are necessary to fight the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the city.
The new restrictions, which take effect Friday, December 11, at 5 p.m. are:
- Restaurants and other food service establishments will be closed to indoor and outdoor dining. (Carry-out and drive-through services are allowed.)
- The city’s one casino, Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, is limited to 25% capacity and may not serve food or drinks.
- Indoor gatherings are limited to 10 people; outdoor gatherings are limited to 25 people.
- Parks and recreation fields are closed.
- Religious establishments are limited to 25% capacity.
- Retail establishments are limited to 25% capacity.
- Fitness centers and gyms are limited to 25% capacity.
- Indoor recreation establishments are closed.
- Personal service-type business are limited to 25% capacity and can only accept customers with an appointment. They are also required to keep a log of customers and employees for contact tracing.
- Museums, the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore and the National Aquarium are limited to 25% capacity.
Mayor Scott said that he and city health officials will reassess the restrictions in the coming weeks.
- Gov. Larry Hogan’s Dec. 8 COVID-19 Press Conference
- Gov. Larry Hogan’s Dec. 1 COVID-19 Press Conference
- What GBC members & business leaders can do in the fight against COVID-19
- Baltimore-area health care CEOs on lessons learned from COVID-19