Montgomery County hotels must operate with restrictions on “Gatherings” and “Food Service Establishments” that are more stringent than those set forth by the State. Additionally, Face Covering Requirements and General Operating Requirements laid out in Executive Order 87-20 apply to all activities. Effective August 5, 2020, an amended Executive Order “includes additional measures to protect the public from the spread of the virus. One measure forbids food service establishments from serving alcoholic beverages for on-site consumption after 10 p.m. (Click here for the full press release.)
The change for the sale of alcohol comes following contact tracing data released by the State that indicates people congregating in establishments later in the evening have higher instances of physical contact and limited social distancing. One quarter of those interviewed by the State about contacts indicated indoor and outdoor dining as an activity they participated in. Since the beginning of July, County officials have closed four restaurants and cited four for not following reopening restrictions.”
The full text of updated Executive Order 87-20, which will go into effect at noon on Wednesday, Aug. 5, can be found at https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/exec/Resources/Files/orders/087-20.pdf.