Mayor Brandon Scott announces tighter restrictions to fight COVID-19 pandemic in Baltimore

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.

Also see:

COVID-19: GBC Coverage and Response

Special Update on State and Federal Legislation Related to COVID-19

Coverage of GBC Member companies’ philanthropic responses to COVID-19

News Coverage of GBC COVID-19 Events