Page Updated: 3/16/21
–Face coverings are mandated in all public areas where social distance cannot be maintained (indoors & outdoors) for both staff and customers.
–Capacity limits will be lifted on outdoor and indoor dining at restaurants and bars, retail businesses, religious facilities, fitness centers, casinos, personal services, and indoor recreational establishments
–Bars and restaurants will be open for seated and distanced service only—patrons may not stand at a crowded bar.
–Large outdoor and indoor venues may begin operating at 50% capacity. This includes theaters; concert, convention, and wedding venues; racing facilities, and outdoor entertainment and sporting venues.
–Medical adult day care centers may reopen, with facilities able to set appropriate restrictions and safety measures.
–Quarantine requirements and other restrictions on out-of-state travel will be lifted. However, a Maryland Department of Health (MDH) travel advisory will remain in place, and Marylanders are encouraged to get tested for COVID-19 upon their return from out-of-state travel.
–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
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As a part of Stage One, the Garrett County Health Officer has also rescinded the March 2020 order prohibiting the rental of transient vacation rentals.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.
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.
Employees must be sufficiently trained on the enhanced cleaning protocol and use personal protective equipment.
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.