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 May 28, 2020, Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner announced an expanded list of businesses and activities that will be permitted to open beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 29. With the signing of Executive Order 02-2020, Frederick County has fully implemented the initial portion of Stage 1 of the Governor’s Roadmap to Recovery plan.

As of 5 p.m. on May 29, the following will be authorized in Frederick County, with limitations:

  • All retail establishments – Retail businesses may open at 50% capacity.
  • Hair salons and barbershops – Operations may resume at 50% capacity, by appointment only. Additional cleaning and sanitation are required. Morning hours must be established exclusively for seniors and other vulnerable residents at least one day each week.
  • Indoor worship – Indoor worship facilities may open at 50% capacity. No more than 250 people may be present. Worship leaders are encouraged to implement the recommendations of the Governor’s Faith-Based Task Force.

For all three categories, safety requirements include the use of face coverings by employees and customers, and physical distancing of 6 feet.

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.

The Maryland Strong Roadmap to Recovery is divided into 3 stages:

  • STAGE 1 Low Risk - This is the first stage of the recovery, and involves business, community, religious, and quality of life improvements. Guidance and best practices for: retail storesmanufacturingreligious servicespersonal services
  • STAGE 2 Medium Risk - This will likely be a longer stage of the initial recovery, but will also be the stage when a large number of businesses and activities come back. 
  • STAGE 3 High Risk - These are the more ambitious and long-term goals.

Additional Information

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