Prince George’s County Business Status

Prince George's County has implemented new measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within updated Phase Two reopening guidelines. As a part of the updates, residents and visitors 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.  

Business owners are urged to review the official County Executive Order of Prince Georges for specific details. Guidance is provided in the following sources for reopening businesses: CDC Business and Workplace Toolkit; CDC COVID-19 FAQ for Businesses; CDC Guidance for Manufacturing Workers and Employers; CDC COVID-19 Guidance for Childcare Providers; MSDE COVID-19 FAQ for Child Care Settings.

All County businesses with questions on opening and operations should reach out to Experience Prince George’s at COVIDCompliance@co.pg.md.us or 311.

Updated 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 indoor and outdoor dining at 50% of maximum capacity.

Gyms/Fitness Centers

Gyms, fitness centers, and other indoor physical activities may operate at 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. Face coverings are required at all times while working out.

Retail 

Retail stores may operate with continued safeguards in place, at 50% of maximum 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 at 50% of maximum 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) at 50% of maximum capacity. Physical distancing must be maintained, and employees must wear appropriate PPE, among other COVID-19 safety guidelines.

Recreational Establishments

The following recreational establishments can operate at 50% of maximum capacity, with CDC guidelines and other requirements in place:

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

Amusement parks and concert venues (both indoors and outdoors) may operate at 50% capacity, following all requirements and safety guidelines given by the County Office of Emergency Management and/or Health Department.

Theaters

Indoor theaters may reopen at 50% of maximum capacity.

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 50% of maximum capacity.  

Social and Fraternal Clubs

Social and fraternal clubs, such as American Legion posts, VFW posts, and Elks Clubs, may operate indoor recreation at 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 operate at 50% maximum capacity, applicable to the specific room where the event will be held.

Personal Services

All personal services must serve customers by appointment only and can operate at 50% 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 host indoor services at 50% 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 50% maximum capacity of the outdoor area, with social distancing, masks, and access to hand washing or hand sanitizer.

Funeral Homes

 May operate up to 50% maximum capacity applicable to each visitation/viewing room.  

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 50% 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 are allowed in small groups, with no more than 22 team members, and the number of spectators present is limited to 50. The number of persons present may exceed 50 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. The number of spectators shall not exceed 50% of the venue’s maximum occupancy. Tailgating is prohibited.

Large Gatherings

Unless otherwise expressed in the Executive Order, large gatherings indoors for all other activities are limited to a maximum of 20 persons. Large gatherings outdoors are limited to a maximum of 50 persons. 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

Prince George's Executive Orders

Business owners are urged to review the official County Executive Order of Prince George's for specific details. Guidance is provided in the following sources for reopening businesses: CDC Business and Workplace Toolkit; CDC COVID-19 FAQ for Businesses; CDC Guidance for Manufacturing Workers and Employers; CDC COVID-19 Guidance for Childcare Providers; MSDE COVID-19 FAQ for Child Care Settings.

Restaurant Concierge Portal is now available for restaurants to apply for an expedited outdoor seating permit. For more information and to apply, please visit here

For additional information or questions, please contact Experience Prince George’s by email or 301-925-8300.


For the latest local and regional Coronavirus (COVID-19) news, information, directives, and mandated closings, please visit:

Prince George's County Government COVID-19 Update

Prince George's County Business Resources

State of Maryland Government COVID-19 Update

State of Maryland Executive Orders

TRAVEL RELATED UPDATES:

Maryland Travel Updates & Alerts

CDC Travel Updates & Alerts

Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority (METRO)

Metro has released preliminary details of a phased recovery plan. Face masks are required. View Metro’s COVID-19 status updates here.

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.

SOCIAL DISTANCING:

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.


Additional resources for residents, visitors, and those doing business in Prince George’s:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

World Health Organization (WHO)

International Association of Exhibitors and Events (IAEE)

Meetings Mean Business

Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA)

U.S. Travel Association

Destinations International