TOWSON, Md. (WJZ) — Baltimore County officials released guidelines Tuesday to help bars and restaurants reopen when coronavirus restrictions are lifted.

Under Gov. Larry Hogan’s reopening plan, restaurants and bars can only do carryout and delivery service at the moment. But in anticipation of future steps, the county proactively issued guidelines about outdoor dining options so that they are prepared to quickly reopen.

“We are here to work in partnership to support Baltimore County’s restaurants and bars, which add to the vibrancy of our communities and are vital to our local economy,” said Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski. “We don’t know exactly when the state will allow outdoor seating, but we’re taking action now to help ensure these  small businesses can reopen as fast and as safely as possible.”

In a letter, officials provided proactive updates outlining steps the businesses must that to incorporate public health practices — including social distancing and sanitary practices.

Baltimore County is in the process of creating a streamlined application for establishments to request expansions in order to allow outdoor dining in areas not previously authorized, including both the use of private and public property.

County officials are also in conversations with Chambers of Commerce about possible street closures in an effort to identify expanded outdoor dining options.

By helping establishments expand outdoor dining options, restaurants and bars will be able to reopen more quickly.

For the latest information on coronavirus go to the Maryland Health Department’s website or call 211. You can find all of WJZ’s coverage on coronavirus in Maryland here.

Comments (5)
  1. Frank says:

    It will be a long time before we feel safe eating at a restaurant since people cannot wear a mask while eating. We will continue to patronize restaurants that offer contact free carry outs tho. As much as politicians would like to, they cannot wave a wand and make COVID disappear &, sadly, we have a President who did not take the threat seriously and still does not.

    When you are in the demographic most likely to be killed by COVID you take it more seriously than younger healthier people.

  2. pocketrocket says:

    my guess restaurants n bars opening real soon inside n out…likely by week of 6/1 in balto. co. no doubt. older, immune compromised or those with health issues should refrain. chicken littles and no science based weenies should stay home glued to cnn, stay depressed, eat more and prepare for another 4 years of mr wonderful

  3. Fred Parry says:

    The Governors sending Covid positives INTO nursing Homes can only impact so many ! That’s 70+ % of deaths. Yes 60-65 + people may want to be careful, but this lockdown has been misguided and devastating to our Country. Hope people have wised up since Impeachement hoax and collusion of Schiff, etc. with CNN leaks and lies. Justice is coming and so are better days….. POTUS, with zero help from Dems which only focused on removing Trump since election night , built and will rebuild Ecoomy ! God bless the America our veterans fought for !

  4. Tom says:

    I guess implementing ALL of the advice of Doctors Fauci and Birx and the CDC, mobilizing the production of vast quantities of ventilators and medical supplies, building hospitals in a matter of weeks in NY and LA, sending wartime medical ships to those cities, meeting regularly with all the governors, etc. is “not taking it seriously” according to Frank, whose main health problem is apparently Trump Derangement Syndrome and not COVID.

  5. Lou says:

    LOL and with 100,000 people dead Trump thinks Twitter is the priority?

    He is history, we can only hope COVID kills him- People who think they are healthy do not care if they infect others is the issue and we KNOW symptom free people can be carriers.

    This is the economy Trump built- more Americans out of work then ever before, shortages and over 100,000 dead because Trump thinks this will go away when it gets hot, just inject some Lysol and cure it……………shows you his child-like mentality and social media is his priority? Trump should be listening to the CDC and real experts. This disease is not a political problem, it is killing people, over 100,000 now- Americans die at far greater rates then people in other countries Why, Trump why? Those countries were better prepared & have real leaders, we have a joke who spends his time blaming Obama when Trump has had THREE YEARS to get the USA prepared for what Obama didn’t.

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