Foodservice Establishments

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

  1. must follow all provisions of the Maryland Department of Health’s Amended Directive and Order Regarding Food Service Establishments (PDF) (Order No. MDH 20-09-18-01) that do not conflict with any provision of the COVID-19 Local Order;
  2. total capacity of an indoor food service establishment shall not exceed 25% of that facility’s maximum occupancy;
  3. shall ensure that all alcoholic beverages are off all tables and collected from patrons by 10 p.m.;
  4. shall suspend the sale or provision of alcoholic beverages for on-site consumption after 10 p.m.;
  5. 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;
  6. must maintain a daily record of the following information for at least 30 days, to assist with contact tracing:
    • date;
    • time; and
    • name and contact information for at least one person of each dine-in party;
    • download a sample daily record (PDF).
  7. must follow any guidelines issued by Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services and, to the extent applicable, the Department of Permitting Services; and

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

Effective November 20, 2020, at 5 p.m., as required by Governor’s Order 20-11-17-01:

  • Restaurants, bars and facilities that serve food and alcohol must close by 10 p.m.
  • In-person dining operations are not permitted between 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Takeout and delivery may continue after that time.

Effective Friday, November 6, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
All businesses that had been approved to sell alcoholic beverages until 12:00 a.m. must suspend the sale or provision of alcoholic beverages to anyone after 10:00 p.m.

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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 actively eating or drinking;
  • 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 COVID-19 Local Order and subject to criminal penalties as stated in the Order.