COVID-19 Recovery

We still have sustained community spread in Frederick County. There are few effective therapeutic treatments for COVID-19 and no vaccine or effective preventive treatments.

This means that all Marylanders should continue to:

  • Stay at home except for essential business and approved outdoor activities
  • Wear masks or face coverings
  • Practice physical distancing

On Sept. 21, Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner announced that Frederick County was remaining in the current phase of reopening.

On September 3, Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner announced that Frederick County was advancing to Phase 3 of Reopening, following Governor Hogan's Executive Order. She added clarification on September 7. 

Phase 3 of Maryland’s Reopening Plan requires the following types of businesses to operate at 50% capacity: personal services, including hair salons, barber shops, tattoo salons, nail salons and massage therapy/spas; bingo halls; bowling alleys; skating rinks; fraternal and social clubs; and indoor recreation; food service businesses, including restaurants and bars; and fitness centers.

  • Retail businesses and religious facilities are permitted to open to 75% capacity.
  • Nothing has changed for restaurants or bars. Restaurants and bars are not defined as indoor theaters or outdoor entertainment venues and may open to 50% of capacity and with other limitations. 
  • Indoor theaters are allowed to open to 50% capacity, or a maximum of 100 people, whichever is less and with other limitations.
  • Outdoor venues where live performances or motion pictures are shown and tickets are sold can open to a maximum of 50 percent of the venue capacity, or 250 people, whichever is less.

Please read the FAQs regarding face coverings (en español). For face mask signage, click here: English | en español.

Best practices for various businesses and industries can be found here.

Questions concerning Governor Hogan’s most recent Executive Order should be directed to the Governor’s Office of Legal Counsel at 410-974-3901 or online at

For Frederick County reopening information and resources, visit the Office of Economic Development.

For questions or concerns about a business, contact or 301-600-6200.

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