Prince George’s County Business Status
On November 12th, Prince George's County implemented additional safety guidelines under its enhanced Phase Two reopening. In addition to the enhancements, 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 through reopening phases, should reach out to Experience Prince George’s at COVIDCompliance@co.pg.md.us or 311.
Enhanced Phase Two Re-opening Guidelines
As a part of the updated phase two reopening, all indoor public businesses or establishments open under the County’s phase 2 of reopening, with the exception of essential businesses and retail stores, must reduce capacity limits to a maximum of 25% capacity. Restaurants will be limited to 25% capacity indoors and 50% capacity outdoors. Restaurants and food service establishments will begin closing dine-in service at 10:00 PM, effective Friday, Nov 20th at 5:00pm. Essential businesses (grocery stores, specialty food stores, big box stores) and retail stores may operate at 50% capacity but with all safety protocols adhered to. Face coverings are now required outdoors in any public location in Prince George’s County. Face coverings are still required for all indoor public locations and on public transportation.
Face coverings are required in all indoor and outdoor public locations in Prince George’s County, as well as on public transportation.
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 gatherings are permitted. Spectators are permitted, and the limit for spectators at home Washington Football Team and University of Maryland games shall be governed by Council Resolution No. 90-2020, which provides in part that the number of spectators for each designated section in the stadium is limited to 10%. The use of face coverings and appropriate social distancing is required for anyone not participating in the sporting activity. Tailgating is prohibited.
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. face coverings are now required outdoors in any public location in Prince George’s County. Face coverings are still required for all indoor public locations and on public transportation.
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
- Enhanced Phase Two Reopening Order Update - Directive and Order for Enhanced Consumer and Employee Safety - November 12
- Full Phase Two Reopening – June 29, 2020 (PDF) / Spanish (PDF)
- Modified Phase Two Reopening – June 12, 2020 (PDF)
- Modified Phase One Reopening – June 1, 2020 (PDF)
For the latest local and regional Coronavirus (COVID-19) news, information, directives, and mandated closings, please visit:
The enhanced 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.
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:
TRAVEL RELATED UPDATES:
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.
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: