Reopening Prince George's County
As Prince George's County moves into a Full Phase 2 of Maryland's Roadmap to Recovery, the staff of Experience Prince George’s continues to actively monitor developments surrounding Coronavirus (COVID-19), as the safety, health & well-being of our residents, our visitors, and our guests are a top priority.
Experience Prince George’s is consulting with local/state government and health officials, industry leaders, as well as those in the tourism and hospitality sector to determine best practices as we globally address this issue.
We are also engaged in determining the possible impact Coronavirus (COVID-19) may adversely have on Prince George’s County attractions and amenities - and their ability to serve the public (both now and looking forward). Over the proceeding days, weeks, and months, we will continue to meet with, question, and survey associates on the state of the industry in Prince George’s.
We will continue to provide information that is pertinent to you and the general public. Our goal is to keep all parties abreast of developments as they happen in Prince George’s and the region through direct communication, notices, our social media feeds, and the ExperiencePrinceGeorges.com website.
For the latest local and regional Coronavirus (COVID-19) news, information, directives, and mandated closings, please visit:
PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY:
Prince George’s County Executive Order of the Full Phase Two Reopening – EXECUTIVE ORDER (No.15-2020)
TRAVEL RELATED UPDATES:
The County Health Department is receiving regular updates and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as state and regional public health partners, about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) global outbreak. And, the Health Department's top leadership and the County’s Communicable and Vector-Borne Disease Control program are in constant contact with state and federal officials to closely monitor and share information about preparations, prevention, response updates and potential cases. The County Executive and her cabinet are engaged and being updated regularly.
Working with state and federal counterparts, Prince George's County is prepared and well-equipped to handle this current situation. As it is rapidly evolving, the County Health Department has a dedicated coronavirus webpage that updates automatically and regularly: Health.mypgc.us/coronavirus
The County also has a COVID-19 hotline operating at 301-883-6627. IMPORTANT TO NOTE: Please call the hotline and not 911 if you or someone may need to speak to someone about the virus. Contact a doctor if you develop the following symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath. Symptoms may develop 2-14 days after exposure.
PROTECTING YOURSELF AND OTHERS:
This is something that can’t be said enough. The best prevention and illness management strategies include the same ones we use during cold and flu season. We encourage every Prince Georgian, every visitor, every guest to do some easy, everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
With the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continuing to spread, with no vaccine or specific treatment yet available, social distancing is the main available way to slow the pandemic by making it more difficult for the virus to spread from person to person. Click here to see the Guide to Social Distancing.
If you are experiencing fever, shortness of breath, cough, AND if you have concerns about your recent travel abroad OR have come in close, continued contact with someone who has confirmed Coronavirus (COVID-19), you should seek medical care.
Call your health care provider before you go and tell them about your symptoms and exposure concerns.
Misinformation about Coronavirus (COVID-19) can create fear and hostility that hurts people and makes it harder to keep everyone healthy. We can fight stigma and support others by sharing accurate information and staying informed through reputable, trusted sources.
Travelers should strongly adhere to healthy travel practices, like recommendations associated with the U.S. flu season: wash hands often, cough into your elbow and sneeze into a tissue, avoid contact with people who may already be sick, etc.
Phase Two Reopening Frequently Asked Questions
How is Prince George’s County handling the COVID-19 pandemic?
Experience Prince George’s is working with The Prince George’s County Health Department and taking the appropriate steps to keep Prince Georgians safe and healthy from the novel coronavirus or COVID-19. County leaders are receiving regular updates and guidance from the State of Maryland Health Department, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as other state and regional public health partners.
Where can I find more information?
Information is available on our website.
The Prince George’s County Health Department has a dedicated coronavirus webpage that updates regularly: health.mypgc.us/coronavirus. The State of Maryland website is also available: Health.maryland.gov/coronavirus. If you need further assistance or have additional questions, please contact the Health Department at 301-883-6627. You can also call Maryland 2-1-1, 24 hours a day for more information.
Are face mask/face coverings required?
Yes, State law requires people where a face covering while in stores or on public transportation and continue to practice physical distancing. All retail establishments shall require staff to wear, face coverings while working in areas open to the general public and areas in which interactions with other staff are likely. All restaurants shall require staff who interact with customers to wear face coverings while working. Face Covering” means a covering that fully covers a person’s nose and mouth. Single-use Face Coverings shall be properly discarded in trash receptacles. It is recommended that all reusable Face Coverings be cleaned frequently (at least once).
Where do I go to get tested for Coronavirus?
The Prince George’s County Health Department offers FREE COVID-19 testing by APPOINTMENT ONLY for individuals with or without symptoms that have been exposed to or suspected to have been exposed to a COVID-19-positive person. All County-run testing sites accommodate testing for those in a car or on foot. Individuals must have an appointment to be tested. Those without appointments will be accommodated as long as the site can handle the volume. Call the county’s Coronavirus hotline at 301-883-6627 to make an appointment. Appointments are available Monday through Friday at testing sites operated by the Prince George’s County Health Department.
Are Restaurants Open?
Restaurants may open with outside seating and they may have indoor dining at 50% percent capacity, as allowed by Prince George’s County. There can be no more than 6 people seated at a table, tables must be at least six feet apart, and no more than 50 people will be allowed at any outdoor restaurant establishment regardless of space. Employees must receive health screenings prior to their shifts, and all CDC guidelines must be adhered to. Additionally, all employees must wear face coverings, and restaurants must have hand sanitizer and appropriate hand washing facilities available.
Are Car Washes currently open?
Car washes are open and 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 is open as well.
Are Barbershops and Hair Salons Open?
Barbershops and hair salons will be allowed to open for hair services by appointment only at 50% percent capacity, with the use of PPE. This includes face masks and gloves for all employees and customers must also wear masks, along with appropriate floor markings to create adequate social distancing. Employees will not be permitted to have clients waiting in a sitting area. All CDC guidelines for cleaning high use surfaces must also be followed.
Are Nail Salons Open?
Nail salons are open by appointment with strong safeguards and physical distancing in place. These businesses must have PPE, including face coverings and gloves, and they may only have 1 customer per 200 sq. ft. of service delivery space. Customers are required to wear face coverings, and high contact surfaces must be cleaned with disinfectant every 2 hours. All employees must receive training on CDC COVID-19 guidance. Digital payment methods should be encouraged as well.
Are Farmers Markets Open?
Yes, Farmers Markets will be able to open for carryout only. Maintaining proper social distancing (greater than 6’) is required, wherever possible. Face coverings are required for vendors and customers and CDC and EPA guidelines for cleaning high use surfaces must be followed.
Are Shopping Malls/Retail Stores Open?
Retail stores are open with 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 are open at up to 50% capacity, with the same safeguards and safety protocols in place as retail stores.
Are Summer/Day Camps Open?
Summer/day camps are open for 10 or fewer participants (including leaders) with capacity constraints of 10 people per room for indoor activities and up to 50 for outdoors activities.
Are Child Care Facilities Open?
Childcare facilities are open 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.
Are Museums Open?
No, museums are currently closed.
Are Movie Theaters Open?
Theatres in Prince George’s County, Maryland at which live performances occur or motion pictures are shown shall remain closed to the public, including drive-in theaters.
Is National Harbor Open?
Yes, National Harbor is Open.
Are Senior Centers Open?
All senior citizen activities centers shall remain closed.
Are Swimming Pools Open?
Outdoor community pools, both public and private, may now open at 50% capacity, but must practice proper physical distancing guidelines and follow Health Department COVID-19 guidance. Indoor pools will remain closed.
Are Youth Sports groups able to play?
Outdoor youth sports may operate with no more than 100 people in any area, still in small groups with no more than 9 children and 1 coach per group. Only low-contact sports are allowed at this time.
Are Parks/Playgrounds open?
Parks are open for personal fitness and fitness classes. Playgrounds are open. This includes all parks, fields, tennis courts, tracks, and golf courses. Low contact sports will be allowed as well.
Are Places of Worship allowed to operate services?
Houses of worship may hold 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 limited to 250 persons or less.
Are funeral homes open?
Yes, funeral homes are open. The maximum number of persons that may gather in-person and inside a funeral home for visitation or services is ten. Services held at a place of worship are subject to these restrictions.
Are Fitness Centers/Gyms Open?
Gyms, fitness centers, and other indoor physical activities are open 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.
Additional resources for residents, visitors, and those doing business in Prince George’s: