Mayor Brandon Scott Shuts Down Indoor and Outdoor Dining in Baltimore City

| December 9, 2020 | 0 Comments

Baltimore City Mayor Brandon M. Scott, who was sworn in yesterday as the 52nd Mayor of Baltimore, has increased COVID-19 restrictions in the city by shutting down indoor and outdoor dining effective this Friday at 5pm. Regarding the executive order, Mayor Scott said “this is about saving lives.” He also noted the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations and daily deaths are at the highest levels since the spring.

District 11 Councilman Eric T. Costello summarized the order below:

  1. restaurants closed for indoor and outdoor dining (only takeout and delivery will be permitted)
  2. indoor gatherings limited to 10 people
  3. outdoor gatherings limited to 25 people
  4. religious facilities limited to 25% of maximum occupancy
  5. retail and shopping centers are limited to 25% of maximum occupancy
  6. indoor recreational establishments will be closed
  7. outdoor recreational establishments limited to 25% of maximum occupancy
  8. fitness centers are limited to 25% maximum occupancy
  9. personal service establishments are limited to 25% maximum occupancy
  10. cultural institutions are limited to 25% capacity
  11. indoor and outdoor theaters and performance venues will be closed
  12. horseshoe casino is limited to 25% maximum occupancy with no food or beverage service

Restaurants are currently open for outdoor dining, and indoor dining is allowed at 25 percent capacity.

Some restaurants owners and employees have voiced their displeasure with this decision on social media. Below are a couple reactions:

Restaurant Association of Maryland

RAM President & CEO Marshall Weston’s statement after today’s announcement from new Baltimore City Mayor, Brandon Scott, regarding the closure of indoor & outdoor dining, beginning Friday at 5 P.M.

Posted by Restaurant Association of Maryland on Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Aldo’s Co-Owner Sergio Vitale

The collective gasp heard reverberating through the Baltimore City restaurant industry right now is the sound of…

Posted by Sergio Vitale on Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Atlas Restaurant Group


Jimmy’s Famous Seafood


Mother’s Federal Hill Grille

We just got finished putting up Christmas decorations and are excited for the holiday.

Now, the restaurants have to…

Posted by Mother’s Federal Hill Grille on Thursday, December 10, 2020

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