Mayor Scott updates COVID-19 restrictions, announces hotel grants — Feb. 17

Covid-19 in Baltimore

On February 17 at 9 a.m., Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott provided an update regarding Baltimore City’s COVID-19 and public safety status. Baltimore City’s current COVID-19 transmission and case numbers as of February 16 are as follows:

  • 39,532 cases
  • 48% decrease in total cases in the past month
  • 50% decrease in positivity rate in the past month
  • 285 hospitalizations
  • 85% of ICU beds and 82% of acute care beds are currently being used
  • 771 deaths

After consulting with the Baltimore Health Commissioner and health partners, Mayor Scott has amended some of Baltimore City’s coronavirus restrictions effective Monday, Feb. 22, at 6 a.m. Below is a chart detailing the previous restrictions compared to the imminent rule changes:

Prior Restrictions New Restrictions
Indoor gatherings were limited to 10 people and outdoor gatherings were limited to 25 people. The 10 person and 25 person limits are removed. All gatherings must comply with relevant occupancy rules set by the establishment.
Food service establishments, bars and breweries have a 1 hour max time limit for patrons. The time limit is removed, but sign-in sheets will continue to be required. Indoor dining will continue to have a 25% capacity limit and outdoor dining must continue to be open air on all sides.
Indoor gym individual classes were canceled. Gym classes are permitted at 25% capacity or 10 people, whichever is higher.
Outdoor performance venues were closed. Outdoor performances are permitted provided performers wear masks and maintain social distancing. Adult entertainment is still prohibited.
Sports gatherings at facilities controlled by Baltimore Rec and Parks are prohibited. Organized sports including high school, youth and recreational league games, clinics, skill sessions, scrimmages and practices are permitted in accordance with Baltimore Rec and Park guidelines. Face masks for everyone present is mandatory. Tournaments involving out-of-state participants are still prohibited. Indoor facilities are limited to 25% capacity provided there are no more than 50 people per activity area.

Mayor Scott also announced that Baltimore City has received $8 million in state grant funds for assistance to hotels. Visit Baltimore will be handling the distribution of these funds. To qualify, a hotel must have been in operation prior to the pandemic and contributed to sales tax revenue. The grant money will be disseminated by March 31. Qualified hotels can apply at starting Thursday, Feb. 18.

In addition, a second round of paycheck protection program loans is now available to small businesses, sole proprietors and independent contractors. Applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis until March 31. More information can be found at

Also see:

COVID-19: GBC Coverage and Response

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

News Coverage of GBC COVID-19 Events