County Phased Reopening
The County is currently in phase 2 of reopening. Sunday, November 15 at 5:00 PM, the County updated guidelines under its phase 2 reopening.
As a part of the updated 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 (at least 6 feet of distance between yourself and others) and wear a face covering in all indoor and outdoor public locations as well as on public transportation.
To see the County’s latest COVID-19 trends and data, view our COVID-19 dashboard.
National Harbor Curfew
Effective Friday, November 20 at 5:00 PM, a curfew has been imposed at National Harbor for unaccompanied minors ages 17 and under on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights from 5:00 PM to 6:00 AM. Several exceptions are in place, including minors that are accompanied by a parent/guardian or an adult ages 21 and over, as well as minors who are working or returning home from a job at National Harbor.
Any person who violates this curfew, to include a parent or guardian who allows a person 17 years of age or younger in their care or custody to be unaccompanied at National Harbor in violation of the curfew, may be fined up to $1000 or charged with a misdemeanor, and on conviction may be subject to imprisonment not exceeding one year or a fine not exceeding $5000, or both.
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 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 indoor dining at 25% maximum capacity or 1 patron per 200 square feet, whichever is lower. Outdoor dining spaces shall not exceed 50% maximum capacity. Per new guidelines from the State of Maryland, restaurants and foodservice establishments must close all dine-in services by 10:00 PM every evening, effective Friday, November 20 at 5:00 PM.
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 stores may operate 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 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.
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 1 patron per 200 square feet, or a 50% of maximum occupancy, whichever is lower.
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. 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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
Professional and College Sports
Professional and college sports are permitted. Spectators are not permitted at professional or college sports stadiums or arenas.
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
- 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 at 50% capacity under the updated 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
- Veterinarians and pet supply stores