Prince George's County Updated Covid 19 Phase 2 Guidelines 1-11-21

Phase Two Reopenings 

All County businesses with questions about whether they can be open and how they can operate as Prince George’s County moves through its phased reopening, should reach out to Experience Prince George’s at COVIDCompliance@co.pg.md.us or 311.

The County’s updated phase two reopening will include the following:

Face Coverings

Face coverings are required in all indoor and outdoor public locations in Prince George’s County, as well as on public transportation.

Restaurants and Food Establishments 

Restaurants and food establishments in Prince George’s County may operate with outdoor dining at 50% capacity. Indoor dining is prohibited at all restaurants and food establishments effective, Wednesday, December 16 at 5:00 PM.

Gyms/Fitness Centers

Gyms, fitness centers, and other indoor physical activities may operate with 1 patron per 200 square feet of fitness space, not to exceed 25% capacity. All CDC guidelines and safety precautions must be adhered to. Staff must wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), physical distancing must be maintained and high-contact surfaces must be cleaned at least every 2 hours. Face coverings are required at all times while working out.

Retail 

Retail stores may operate with continued safeguards in place. 1 person/household per 200 square feet will be allowed in-store, not to exceed 25% percent capacity. Stores must enforce physical distancing, employees must use appropriate PPE and physical distancing markers must be present, among other safeguards..

Shopping Malls

Shopping malls may operate up to 25% capacity, with the same safeguards and safety protocols in place as retail stores.

Cigar, Hookah, and Vape 

Cigar, hookah, and vape establishments may operate for retail sales only (no smoking on-premises) with a maximum of 1 person per 100 square feet of sales space, not to exceed 25% maximum capacity. Physical distancing must be maintained and employees must wear appropriate PPE, among other COVID-19 safety guidelines.

Recreational Establishments

Some recreational establishments may operate at 25% capacity, with CDC guidelines and other requirements in place. These include:

  • Bingo halls
  • Bowling alleys
  • Pool halls
  • Indoor skating rinks
  • Miniature golf

Amusement parks may operate at 40% capacity, following all requirements and safety guidelines given by the County Office of Emergency Management and/or Health Department.

Gaming Facilities and Casinos 

Gaming facilities and casinos such as MGM National Harbor and simulcast betting facilities (outside of horse racing establishments) may operate at 25% of maximum occupancy.

Social and Fraternal Clubs

Social and fraternal clubs, such as American Legion posts, VFW posts, and Elks Clubs, may operate indoor recreation up to 25% of maximum capacity. They must follow Maryland Department of Health and CDC guidelines. All services must cease by 10 PM.

Banquet Halls, Receptions, and Meeting Rooms

Banquet halls, receptions, and meeting rooms in hotels, conference centers and similar establishments that offer dining or meeting facilities to the public may operate with a limited capacity of 1 patron per 200 square feet, or 25% of maximum occupancy, whichever is lower. Indoor dining is prohibited at banquets, receptions, and meeting rooms in hotels, conference centers and similar establishments.

Personal Services

All personal services including barbershops, beauty salons, esthetic and nail services, tattoo services, tanning, massages, hot tub and sauna services may serve customers by appointment, and service is limited to 1 patron per 200 square feet or 25% of maximum capacity, whichever is lower. Businesses must maintain physical distancing, employees must wear appropriate PPE and all employees must be trained on CDC COVID-19 guidance, among other safety guidelines.

Houses of Worship 

Houses of worship may host indoor services to 1 person per 200 square feet, or 25% capacity of maximum capacity, with safeguards in place such as maintaining physical distancing, avoiding physical contact, and frequently cleaning high-contact surfaces. Outdoor services are limited to 125 persons or less while maintaining appropriate social distancing.

Childcare Facilities

Childcare facilities may operate for all children with health and safety precautions. In addition to the use of masks and gloves for all employees and having appropriate social distancing and disinfecting in place, they must also have a schedule for staggered drop-offs and pickups, conduct daily symptom checks, and have a strict dismissal policy in the event of positive cases.

Under new COVID-19 safety guidelines, parents/guardians are no longer allowed to enter the childcare facility for drop-off or pick-up.

Community Pools

Outdoor and indoor community pools, both public and private, can operate at 25% capacity but must practice proper physical distancing guidelines and follow Health Department COVID-19 guidance.

Car Washes

Car washes are allowed to perform internal cleaning, with all employees wearing PPE and other safeguards in place. Customers must remain in their cars except when establishment employees are cleaning the interior of the vehicle, and customers must wear face coverings. Self-service car cleaning remains open as well.

Youth Sports

Low and medium-risk youth sports played outside must follow outdoor gathering guidelines and the number of people present is limited to 25.  The number of persons present may exceed 25 solely to accommodate the presence of 1 parent or guardian spectator per youth participant.  Other COVID-19 safety guidelines must be in place.

List of Low and Medium-Risk Youth Sports – Page 5 (PDF)

Professional and College Sports

Professional and college sports are permitted. Spectators are not permitted at professional or college sports stadiums or arenas.

Large Gatherings

Unless otherwise expressed in our Health Order, large gatherings indoors for all other activities are limited to one person per 200 square feet or a maximum of 10 persons, whichever is lower. Large gatherings outdoors are limited to one person per 200 square feet or a maximum of 25 persons, whichever is lower. This includes gatherings such as parades, festivals, parties, and family gatherings.

 Closures Still In Place

Some businesses and services that remain closed include:

  • Senior Centers
  • County Government buildings
  • Theaters
  • Concerts
  • Bars, nightclubs, and adult entertainment

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