Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young today signed an Executive Order suspending indoor dining at bars and restaurants in Baltimore City.
Under the Mayor’s order, restaurants and bars are permitted to continue with outdoor dining that is socially distanced, along with offering carryout and delivery services. The Mayor’s order takes effect Friday, July 24, at 5:00 pm.
“I’ve always stressed that my administration would continuously monitor the data related to COVID-19, and that I would not hesitate to tighten restrictions if the data indicated we should,” Mayor Young said. “Today, I am taking steps to help safeguard and protect our residents, business owners, and their employees.”
Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Letitia Dzirasa also issued an order mandating the usage of cloth face coverings in Baltimore City. Under the order, “all City residents over the age of 2 need to wear face coverings whenever they are in public and maintaining a social distance of at least six feet is not possible.” City residents will not be required to wear face coverings if they are seated outdoors at a food service establishment.
The orders will remain in place for at least two weeks and will be evaluated daily by health officials.
As previously reported on Conduit Street, Health Officers from Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Howard, Montgomery, and Prince George’s Counties this week asked Governor Hogan to rollback reopening and resume some COVID-19 related restrictions.
As previously reported on Conduit Street, Baltimore County issued a new public health order requiring the use of masks for everyone over the age of 2 in all indoor public spaces. Dr. Branch also encouraged the use of face coverings in outdoor public spaces where social distancing is not possible. The new mandate goes into Thursday, July 23.
Stay tuned to Conduit Street for more information.