Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge William Mulford approved a motion filed Tuesday night to allow restaurants to continue to serve patrons indoors.
According to Judge Mulford’s order, Anne Arundel County restaurants are authorized to operate at 25% capacity inside and 50% capacity outside until the next hearing, which will take place on December 28. All other provisions of Executive Order #39 will take effect at 5:00 p.m. tonight as planned.
From the County’s press release:
We are disappointed in Judge Mulford’s ruling granting a temporary restraining order of our COVID restrictions on in person dining, [said County Executive Steuart Pittman.] We believe the science from public health experts is clear and it shows that taking actions to limit situations where people gather without masks will prevent the spread of this virus and ultimately save lives. We look forward to a full hearing on the merits of the case and in the meantime are discussing other options to protect the health of our residents by limiting community spread and flattening the ongoing COVID surge in our county.
As previously reported on Conduit Street, prior to Judge Mulford’s ruling, County Executive Pittman amended and reinstated Executive Order #39 to allow outdoor dining, provided that no more than 50% of tent sides are down and that foodservice establishments follow all COVID-19 social distancing and safety protocols. The amended executive order also clarifies protocols and policies for sports practices, bingo halls, and indoor ice rinks and roller rinks.”
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