Foodservice Establishments

 

Definition
Foodservice establishments are 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.


COVID-19 Vaccinations

All foodservice workers are in Vaccine Priority Group 1C Tier 3. Preregister for Montgomery County-run vaccine clinics, and learn more about the vaccine.


Guidance and Requirements

Foodservice establishments may

  1. serve food and beverages to customers for consumption in indoor seating areas up to a maximum of 25% of the establishment’s maximum occupancy;
  2. serve food and beverages to customers for consumption in between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.;
  3. not be open to the public between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.; during these hours, they may continue to

    • sell food and beverages that are promptly taken from the premises (i.e., on a carry-out or drive-through basis), and
    • deliver food and beverages to customers off the premises
  4. sell food and beverages that are promptly taken from the premises, i.e., on a carry-out or drive-through basis; and/or
  5. deliver food and beverages to customers off the premises.

Foodservice establishments must

Foodservice establishments must follow any guidelines issued by Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services and, to the extent applicable, the Department of Permitting Services.

Foodservices in licensed healthcare facilities may continue to operate indoor dining provided they follow all other social distancing and cleaning requirements.

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

Foodservice establishments must follow all provisions of the Maryland Department of Health’s  Amended Directive and Order Regarding Food Service Establishments (PDF) (Order No. MDH 2020-11-17-03) that do not conflict with any provision of the COVID-19 Local Order.

Temporary outdoor structures for dining

Food service establishments that erect a temporary outdoor structure, such as a tent, for the purpose of outdoor dining:

Guest registry

Foodservice establishments must maintain a daily record of the following information for at least 30 days, to assist with contact tracing - download a sample daily record (PDF):

  1. date;
  2. time; and
  3. name and contact information for at least one person of each outdoor dining party

Required Entrance Signs

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

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