Business Reopening Guidelines for Washington, D.C. and Maryland

As of May 29, 2020, the District of Columbia began Phase One of reopening following COVID-19 closures. All jurisdictions in Maryland began on June 1, 2020.  A few of the strict guidelines for some of the affected businesses are listed below, along with links for more specific details.

District of Columbia

Barbershops and Hair Salons

  • Appointment Only
  • One customer per barber/stylist
  • Indoor waiting prohibited
  • 6 foot radius between stations

Restaurants, Streateries, and Farmers Markets

  • Customers must be seated, place orders, and be served at tables
  • Maximum of 6 individuals per table
  • 6 foot radius between tables
  • Implementation of sanitization and disinfecting protocols

Farmers Markets, and Streateries require a license/waiver to operate.  Any individual or entity knowingly in violation of Order 2020-067 may be subject to civil and administrative penalties, to include fines or loss of licenses. 


Restaurants (including Breweries/Wineries in MD)

  • Maximum of 6 individuals per table, unless they are of the same household
  • 6 foot radius between tables
  • Single-use disposable paper menus, or sanitized reusable menus
  • Tables and chairs must be sanitized between customers
  • Implementation of screening procedures, including daily temperature checks of staff
  • Worn masks/facial coverings required by staff in the workplace

Maryland Restaurant Best Practices

 Additional Outdoor Activities

Outdoor activities such as youth sports and day camps, outdoor pools, drive-in movie theaters, and tour boats have been allowed to resume per the Maryland Order.  These activities will still require social distancing, a maximum gathering of 10 people, and face covering compliance.

Outdoor pools may reopen at 25% capacity, with the requirements of signing in and out, physical distancing, and sanitization.  They must also post signage instructing people with an illness to not enter.

Youth sports and day camps may only focus on individual skill building, and may only allow up to 10 individuals per group.