10pm Dining Curfew Lifted in Baltimore

| February 2, 2021 | 0 Comments

Last Thursday, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced bars and restaurants in Maryland will no longer be required to close at 10pm due to improving COVID-19 metrics in the state.

In a press release he said:

“With our data trends showing continued improvement, the holiday surges behind us, and the increasing speed of vaccinations, we are now able to take this step,” said Governor Hogan. “Marylanders must continue to remain cautious and vigilant in order to keep ourselves, our families, and our communities safe and healthy.”

Baltimore Business Journal is reporting the City of Baltimore will follow suit on removing this restriction this week:

Baltimore Mayor Brandon M. Scott says the city will follow the state’s lead in lifting the curfew. In a statement issued Friday, he urged residents to continue to “act responsibly” by wearing masks, practicing social distancing and limiting interactions with people outside of their own household.

“The pandemic is still serious,” he said.

The easing of the dining curfew will help restaurants “generate much needed revenue to keep their businesses afloat,” the Restaurant Association of Maryland said in a statement lauding the move. “Employees will also benefit from the increased work hours and the likelihood that more in person dining will result.”

Baltimore restaurants are still limited to 25 percent indoor dining capacity and 50 percent outdoor dining capacity with a one-hour limit for patrons dining in.

Governor Hogan also announced an additional $30 million in state relief to food service establishments. To take advantage of these grants, restaurants must apply through their local jurisdiction. Funding can be used for rent, payroll, and job training; equipment purchases to expand outdoor dining (including tents, heaters, and carts); and more. Final criteria and guidelines for the funding are decided by the individual jurisdictions.

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