12/04/20: 969 COVID-19 positive cases for Garrett County residents

The county is following the guidance directly from Maryland Governor Hogan for reopening known as the Roadmap to Recovery plan.

Page Updated: 12/04/20


A summary:

–Face coverings are mandated in all public areas where social distance cannot be maintained (indoors & outdoors) for both staff and customers.

–Indoor dining is allowed to open at 50% capacity. Outdoor dining is available with restrictions on disinfecting protocols.

–Indoor theaters are at 50% capacity or 100 people per auditorium—whichever is less—with appropriate health and safety protocols in place.

-Outdoor venues for live performances or motion pictures are at 50% capacity, or 250 people—whichever is less—with appropriate health and safety protocols in place.

Capacity for retail establishments and religious facilities are at 50% (with additional measures in place).

–Remember to social distance

–Frequently wash your hands and use hand sanitizer when hand washing is not available.


The Garrett County Health Department is managing this public health issue.

Garrett County Health Department COVID-19 Resources:
General Information: garretthealth.org/covid-19-information/

Donations Information: garretthealth.org/community

Garrett County Health Officer’s Memo: May 14, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions: bit.ly/covid-19-answer

Essential Business Information: https://govstatus.egov.com/md-coronavirus-business

Executive Order Declaration of State of Emergency

COVID-19 Hotline (for non-emergency medical questions): 301-334-7698
(Please call 911 only for medical emergencies, not for coronavirus information or questions)





As a part of Stage One, the Garrett County Health Officer has also rescinded the March 2020 order prohibiting the rental of transient vacation rentals. Therefore, all transient rentals in Garrett County will be reopened at that time.

More Details:

May 15, 2020: Stage One Roadmap to Recovery in Garrett County








Transient rentals include properties rented by local management companies, services such as Air BnB, and private vacation rental homeowners.

Like other small businesses that are able to reopen, the rentals must follow strict cleanliness processes and implement as many “no-touch” processes as possible. Specifically, the reopening of vacation rental units outlines the following:

Groups are limited to no more than 10 and must utilize a remote check-in process. Note that factors such as a sustained increase in hospital intensive care utilization and/or a community outbreak will determine if the reopening will be continued.

Each unit must be cleaned with approved disinfecting cleaners. Special attention must be paid to the high touch and high traffic areas. Also, each unit must be cleaned to the Vacation Rental Management Association (VRMA) housekeeping standards and protocol. Owners must allow increased time between check out and the next guest’s arrival for the cleaning practices.

Employee Practices:
Employees must be sufficiently trained on the enhanced cleaning protocol and use personal protective equipment.

Guest Practices:
Guests are asked to bring groceries, paper products, and cleaning supplies with them for the duration of their stay. Also, guests must practice social distancing, use face coverings when in public, and regularly wash hands or use hand sanitizer when hand washing is not available. Guests are also advised to stay home if not feeling well. If symptoms present when staying at a vacation rental, please self-isolate and make the Garrett County Health Department aware of the situation.











Remember to maintain appropriate distance with those who you are interacting with and wash your hands frequently.

Updates will be posted as available to this site.