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where we are in reopening across the region


  • 25% capacity for indoor dining
  • Outdoor dining and takeout are currently allowed.
  • On premise alcohol sales must end at 12am midnight
  • Carryout and delivery of alcohol is permitted until 12:00am
  • 10 people allowed per table
  • Live music is allowed outdoors
  • Alcohol sales without food purchase are permitted

Starting Friday, May 21st:

  • Restaurants can operate at 100% capacity and all Covid-19 restrictions currently in place will be lifted on that date
  • Bars and nightclubs may begin operating at 50% capacity
  • Most other industries can also lift restrictions 5/21 including weddings and special events, business meetings and seated conventions, retail, museums, and more. See the full list here
  • Read the Mayor's update from May 10th here

Click here for updated ABRA rules on on-premise sales and consumption, and DCRA rules on outdoor spaces.

Key takeaways: 

  • Outdoor entertainment is allowed, with entertainment endorsement, including live music, on licensed or registered sidewalk cafés, summer gardens, or streateris between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. daily; 
  • Performers must stay six feet (6 ft.) apart from other performers; No more than five (5) performers shall be in the designated outdoor entertainment area and no more than ten (10) performers shall be on an indoor stage or designated indoor entertainment area at any one
  • Performers shall wear a mask unless wearing a mask will hinder the performance, such as a vocalist or a musician that is playing an instrument through the mouth;Diners must remain seated; No standing or sales of alcohol to anyone standing.

  • 12 ft. required between patrons and masked performers; 18 ft. between patrons and unmasked performers (The Mayor has said she’ll consider reducing these, but has not changed them as of yet) 
  • Cannot have musicians for live music or entertainers in parklets or on the streets near streateries, which may attract standing crowds;
  • No dance floors allowed indoors or outdoors;
  • Consult your ABRA settlement agreement, if you have one, as you may be restricted from offering outdoor entertainment


  • No capacity limits, parties just must be seated 6 feet apart
  • On premise alcohol sales allowed until 12am midnight
  • Bar seating is allowed, as long as 6-foot social distancing is in effect
  • Click here to view the most recent Executive Order

Starting May 15, further restrictions will be lifted in VA, including: 

  • Alcohol sales: Restaurants may return to selling alcohol after midnight, and dining room closures will no longer be required between midnight and 5:00 a.m.
  • Social gatherings: The maximum number of individuals permitted in a social gathering will increase to 100 people for indoor settings and 250 people for outdoor settings. Social gatherings are currently limited to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors.
  • Entertainment venues: Indoor entertainment and public amusement venues will be able to operate at 50 percent capacity or 1,000 people, up from 30 percent capacity or 500 people. Outdoor venues will be able to operate at 50 percent capacity — up from 30 percent — with no specific cap on the number of attendees.
  • Read the full update from the Governor’s office here

In Virginia, Governor Northam lifted the outdoor mask mandate for anyone who has been fully vaccinated. Like neighboring DC and MD updates, masks are still required for large-scale outdoor gatherings.


Montgomery County

  • 50% capacity for indoor dining
  • 100 persons capacity for outdoor gatherings
  • 50 persons capacity for indoor gatherings
  • Buffet services for food service facilities are allowed

Once 60% of the population receives at least one dose of the vaccine, these additional allowances will begin:

  • Food service establishments move to 75% of maximum capacity
  • Most businesses move to 75% capacity and could sell food and drink for consumption while seated
  • Gathering limits increase to 250 people indoors and no limit outdoors
  • Convention and banquet facilities limited to 50% of the maximum capacity per state restrictions

Under the final phase, once 50% of the population is fully vaccinated with a second dose or a one-dose vaccine, all businesses and activities in the county will have to follow any state or Maryland Department of Health requirements in place at the time, which for restaurants includes no limit on capacity, but with 6-foot social distancing in place. 

See the full order here.

Prince George's County

  • Indoor dining capacity at restaurants 50% 
  • Indoor private gatherings limited to 20 people
  • Indoor private gatherings limited to 50 people