County Phased Reopening
The County is currently in phase 2 of reopening. Wednesday, September 16 at 5:00 PM, the County implemented additional openings and updated guidelines under its phase 2 reopening, adopted through a Continuing Resolution for a local state of emergency approved by the Prince George’s County Council.
As a part of the full phase two reopening, residents are still encouraged to exercise caution and use good judgment to keep themselves and others safe. It is important to continue to wash your hands frequently, practice physical distancing, and wear a face-covering in all stores, on public transportation, and in outdoor public spaces where it is difficult to maintain physical distancing (at least 6 feet of distance between yourself and others).
To see the County’s latest COVID-19 trends and data, view our COVID-19 dashboard.
Full 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 full phase two reopening will include the following:
Gyms, fitness centers, and other indoor physical activities may reopen with 1 patron per 200 square feet of fitness space, not to exceed 50% 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.
Retail stores will be able to expand in-store capacity, with continued safeguards in place. 1 person per 100 square feet will be allowed in-store, not to exceed 50% percent capacity. Stores must enforce physical distancing, employees must use appropriate PPE and physical distancing markers must be present, among other safeguards.
Shopping malls may reopen up to 50% capacity, with the same safeguards and safety protocols in place as retail stores.
Cigar, Hookah, and Vape
Cigar, hookah, and vape establishments may open for retail sales only (no smoking on-premises) with a maximum of 1 person per 100 square feet of sales space, not to exceed 50% maximum capacity. Physical distancing must be maintained and employees must wear appropriate PPE, among other COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Some recreational establishments may now reopen at 50% 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 reopen at 40% capacity, following all requirements and safety guidelines given by the County Office of Emergency Management and/or Health Department.
Social and Fraternal Clubs
Social and fraternal clubs, such as American Legion posts, VFW posts, and Elks Clubs, may reopen for indoor recreation up to 50% of maximum capacity. They must follow Maryland Department of Health and CDC guidelines.
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 open at 50% capacity or a maximum of 150 persons, whichever is lower. No buffets will be allowed, there can be no more than 6 persons per table, physical distancing must be enforced, and employees must be trained on CDC COVID-19 guidance, among other safety guidelines.
All personal services are now able to reopen. Barbershops and beauty salons will still only be able to serve customers by appointment, and service is limited to 50% capacity. The same safety protocols and CDC guidelines must remain in place for the safety of employees and customers.
In addition to nail salons that were already open, other personal services including tattoo parlors, massage parlors, spas and tanning salons are now able to reopen by appointment only. Capacity is limited to 1 person per 200 square feet, up to 50% of maximum capacity. 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 expand indoor services to 50% capacity, with safeguards in place such as maintaining physical distancing, avoiding physical contact, and frequently cleaning high-contact surfaces. Outdoor services are still limited to 250 persons or less.
Childcare facilities can reopen 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.
Outdoor and indoor community pools, both public and private, may open at 50% capacity, but must practice proper physical distancing guidelines and follow Health Department COVID-19 guidance.
Car washes are now 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.
Low and medium-risk youth sports are allowed with no more than 100 people in any area, in small groups with no more than 9 children and 1 coach per group. Other COVID-19 safety guidelines must be in place.
Unless otherwise expressed in our Executive Order, gatherings for all other activities are limited to one person/family unit per 200 square feet or a maximum of 50 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
- Bars, nightclubs, and adult entertainment
Essential Businesses Remain Open
As a reminder, essential businesses and services that were open under the Stay-At-Home Order are still open under the full phase two reopening and are still required to follow health and safety guidelines to protect employees and customers. These include:
- Grocery stores
- Insurance companies
- Gas stations
- Medical care facilities
- Veterinarians and pet supply stores
- Utility providers