Frequently Asked Questions about the Baltimore COVID-19 Executive Orders

What are the new Executive Orders for Baltimore City?

On February 19th, 2021,  Mayor Brandon Scott signed an executive order affecting many different businesses in Baltimore City. This executive order will go into effect on February 22nd at 6:00 am.

On November 6th, Health Commissioner Dr. Letitia Dzirasa issued a new health order, now requiring face covering to be worn in all public spaces. The Health order went into effect on November 6th at 5:00 pm. On February 19th, Health Commissioner Dr. Dzirasa issued a new health advisory, encouraging residents to refrain from attending either public or private indoor gatherings of more than 10 individuals

Restaurants are now required to keep a log of contact information for patrons, for contact tracing purposes. An example form can be downloaded here.  


ID: New Baltimore City Executive Order Phase One Restrictions


February 22nd Executive Order Summary

These restrictions go into effect on Monday, February 22, 2021 at 6:00am. 


  • Gatherings will need to comply with any relevant capacity based upon the space in which they're located.

Religious Facilities

  • Limited to 25% of maximum occupancy

Indoor Recreational Establishments

  • All indoor recreation sites except adult entertainment and hooah/cigar lounges will be allowed to reopen at 25% capacity.

Outdoor Recreational Establishments

  • Limited to 25% of maximum occupancy

Organized Amateur Sports

  • Allowed with certain guidelines in place

    Fitness Centers

    • Limited to 25% of maximum occupancy
    • Fitness classes are allowed- 10 person limit or 25% capacity, whichever is greater- social distancing and masks required. 


    • Limited to 25% of maximum occupancy
    • Dining areas allowed to reopen, following the requirements of foodservice establishments

    Foodservice Establishments

    • Outdoor dining can resume at 50% capacity. If space is tented, the tent needs to be open on all sides.
    • Indoor dining can resume at 25% capacity, but patrons are only allowed to stay for one hour.
    • Bars without food licenses will also be allowed to reopen- 50% outdoors, 25% indoors.
    • Removal of one-hour time limit for foodservice establishments
    • Carry-out, delivery, and drive-through service may continue.
    • All food service establishments must keep a log of contact information for patrons and staff for contact tracing purposes.

    Personal Services

    • Limited to 25% of maximum occupancy
    • Staff must wear face-covering at all times while indoors
    • Services must be provided on an appointment-only basis, and a log must be kept of names of customers, staff providing services, and other residents who enter the shop


    • May continue to operate with curbside pickup service

    Museums Zoos, Aquariums

    • Limited to 25% of maximum occupancy

    Theaters and Outdoor Entertainment Venues

    • Live streaming of performance is allowed.
    • Live entertainment is permitted as long as performers wear masks and adhere to social distancing. 
    • Indoor theaters are limited to the lesser of 25% occupancy or 100 persons. 
    • Outdoor entertainment venues are limited to the lesser of 25% occupancy of 250 persons.