Indoor and Outdoor Gatherings

Social, community, recreational, and leisure gatherings may resume provided the following physical precautions are met and followed:

  • General Operating Requirements;
  • limited to 1 person or household per 200 sq. ft. or a maximum of 50 people, whichever number is lower; and
  • the size of the location and venue must accommodate applicable social distancing for the number of attendees.

Large Gatherings

Gatherings of more than 50 people continue to be prohibited at all locations and venues, including but not limited to parties, receptions, parades, festivals, conventions, and fundraisers.

Planned large gatherings and events must be canceled or postponed until after termination of the state of emergency and the proclamation of the catastrophic health emergency has been rescinded.

All businesses, organizations, establishments, and facilities that are permitted to operate under the COVID-19 Local Order must follow these rules as a condition of their continued operation.

These rules shall be posted in a visible location to alert the public and ensure compliance.

General Operating Requirements

General Operating Requirements for printing (PDF)

  1. Require employees and customers to maintain social distancing of greater than 6 feet, whenever possible, as recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Maryland Department of Health (MDH);
  2. Utilize markings and signage to guide employees and customers;
  3. Require all employees and all customers over the age of 2 to wear face coverings in accordance with the COVID-19 Local Order;
  4. Provide employees with guidance and training to reflect updated CDC guidelines for their workplace;
  5. Use CDC and Environmental Protection Agency approved disinfectants to clean spaces daily; including use of disinfectants to wipe down surfaces high contact surfaces at least once every 2 hours while staff or customers are present (“high contact surfaces” are surfaces that will have human contact at least once an hour);
  6. Require employees to wash their hands hourly; and
  7. Review and implement new CDC, MDH, and Montgomery County Department of Health & Human Services guidelines as they are received.