Prince George’s County Business Status

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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 2 reopening, residents are still encouraged to exercise caution and limit non-essential trips to help stop the spread of COVID-19.  It is important to continue to wash your hands frequently, practice social distancing, and wear a face-covering in all stores and 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 about whether they can be open and how they can operate during this reopening phase should reach out to Experience Prince George’s by email or call 301-925-8300.

Full Phase Two Reopenings

Gyms/Fitness Centers

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 

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

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.

Recreational Establishments

Some recreational establishments may now reopen at 50% capacity, with CDC guidelines and other requirements in place. These include:

  • Casinos
  • 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. 

Personal Services

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

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.

Community Pools

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

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.

Youth Sports

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. 

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

Large Gatherings

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
  • Theaters
  • Concerts
  • 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
  • Banks
  • Insurance companies
  • Gas stations
  • Medical care facilities
  • Pharmacies
  • Veterinarians and pet supply stores
  • Utility providers

Executive Orders

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


The Full Phase 2 Reopening is outlined in the Prince George’s County Executive Order and will be enforced by the Prince George’s County Health Department with the assistance of Prince George’s County law enforcement as needed. 

While some businesses will reopen with modifications, residents are encouraged to stay home as much as possible and use good judgment. Continue to practice appropriate personal hygiene such as wearing facial coverings, regular hand-washing, and exercising appropriate social distancing when encountering persons outside of their homes.

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.

The County also has a COVID-19 hotline operating at 301-883-6627. 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.

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