Prince George's County Begins Modified Phase One Reopening
Per Executive Order, Prince George's County begins a modified Phase One reopening effective today, June 1. The Executive Order sets forth the requirements for those businesses allowed to begin reopening while also identifying those such as fitness centers which must remain closed. Note that per the Governor’s May 27 order, offices that are non-essential or expressly exempted remain closed. This directive was unaffected by the County’s Executive Order.
County Executive Alsobrooks announced the formation of Prince George's Forward Task Force that will be responsible for providing recommendations on how the County should deal with the pandemic moving forward.
Highlights of sections of interest to AOBA members in the County’s Executive Order are below.
Gatherings Larger Than 10 Persons Prohibited.
Retail Establishments. Retail businesses, organizations, establishments, and facilities (Retail
Establishments) within Prince George's County are now permitted to offer curbside pickup, provided the following physical precautions are met and followed:
- Maintain physical distancing (greater than 6'), wherever possible, between employees and customers at curbside and in-store operations;
- Employees and customers are required to wear face coverings that fully cover a person’s mouth and nose;
- Physical distancing markers for staff and customers required;
- High contact surfaces (those with hourly or greater contact frequency) will be cleaned with CDC and Environment Protection Agency (“EPA”) approved disinfectant at least every 2 hours;
- All employees must receive training on CDC COVID-19 guidance appropriate to their workplace prior to working;
- Online shopping and payment via digital platforms should be encouraged as much as possible.
Barbershops and Beauty Salons (the latter limited to only providing hair services and—blow drying, as described in Title 5 of the Business Occupations Article of the Maryland Code.) Customers must be served via appointment only; customers are not allowed to congregate in common sitting area waiting to be served. The following rules must also be adhered to:
- Maintain physical distancing (greater than 6'), wherever possible;
- Use of PPE, including face coverings, by all employees;
- Physical distancing markers for staff;
- Service is limited to 1 customer for every 200 square feet of service
- High contact surfaces (those with hourly or greater contact frequency)
will be cleaned with CDC and EPA- approved disinfectant at least every 2 hours;
- All employees must receive training on CDC COVID-19 guidance appropriate to their workplace prior to working.
Restaurants and Bars
- Restaurants, bars, and other similar establishments that sell food or beverages for consumption on-premises in Prince George's County (“Restaurants and Bars”) shall remain closed to the general public, except that, in accordance with any social- distancing recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) and the Maryland Department of Health (“MDH”), food and beverages may be:
- Sold if such food or beverages are promptly taken from the premises, i.e., on a carry-out or drive-through basis; or
- Delivered to customers off the premises; and
- Outdoor dining at Restaurants and Bars will be permitted as allowed by the Governor of the State of Maryland.
- This Order does not apply to food or beverage services in health care facilities, which are expressly excluded from the definition of "Restaurants and Bars."
Additional information for members:
Modified Phase One Reopening Website
Prince George's COVID-19 Dashboard
Building Reopening Guidance