Foodservice Establishments

All businesses, organizations, establishments, and facilities that are permitted to operate under the COVID-19 Local Order shall, as a condition of their continued operation, comply with the General Operating Requirements.

Restaurants, bars, and other similar establishments that sell food or beverages for consumption on-premises in Montgomery County (“Restaurants and Bars”), and social and fraternal clubs (“Social Clubs”) with dining facilities

  • must follow all provisions of the Maryland Department of Health’s Directive and Order Regarding Food Service Establishments (PDF) (Order No. MDH 2020-06-10-01) that do not conflict with any provision of the Executive Order;
  • shall cease service of alcoholic beverages for on-premise consumption at 10 p.m.;
    • Servers may not provide customers with alcoholic beverages after 10 p.m.
    • Guests may finish alcoholic beverages served by 10 p.m.
  • may, to the extent permitted by law continue to sell food and beverages that are promptly taken from the premises, i.e., on a carry-out, drive-through, or delivery basis; and
  • must follow any guidelines issued by the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services.

The Local Order makes no changes to the hours for on-premise food service or take-out for food or alcohol.

Foodservice establishments are prohibited from serving food in a buffet format.

Food or beverage services in health care facilities must remain closed in Phase 2.

Required Entrance Signs

Foodservice establishments must post signage at each entrance advising customers and visitors that:

  • they must comply with the face covering requirements at all times when they are not seated at a table or bar;
  • they must maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet when
    • waiting to be seated
    • when seated at a bar
  • failure to wear face coverings as required or maintain social distancing may result in their being:
    1. refused service; and
    2. found to be in violation of the C OVID-19 Local Order and subject to criminal penalties as stated in the Order.