Aug 09th Mask Order

The Baltimore City Health Department announced a new mask order, effective Monday, August 09, at 9:00am.

An FAQ with additional details will be released shortly. As soon as available, it will be posted here.

In the meantime, one question that continues to be raised is why is the City of Baltimore able to issue a mask order when the surrounding counties are not able to. The City Charter gives the City of Baltimore, specifically the Health Commissioner, the authority to do so.

Mayor Scott’s May 14 Executive Order

Mayor Scott’s May 14 Executive Order

On May 14, Mayor Scott issues an Executive Order which rescinded previous City Executive Orders related to COVID-19 and defers to the State of Maryland moving forward. This removes all restrictions on gatherings and businesses, such as the number of people permitted in one place at an event at any given time or capacity and hours of operation limits for businesses.

The only exception is the City’s ‘Mask Order’ which supersedes guidance from the State of Maryland on wearing masks.

City – May 14 Executive Order

City – May 14 – Revised Mask Order

State – May 12 – Executive Order

City Press Release

Mayor Scott’s February 22 Executive Order

The new Executive Order from Mayor Brandon M. Scott is effective Monday, Feb 22 at 6am.
Key Documents
Key Changes
  • Indoor Gatherings cap of 10 people lifted – must adhere to occupancy limitations of space
  • Outdoor Gatherings cap of 25 people lifted – must adhere to occupancy limitations of space
  • Restaurants, bars, and breweries – one-hour max for patrons lifted
  • Restaurants, bars, and breweries – indoor capacity remains at 25% of maximum occupancy
  • Restaurants, bars, and breweries – outdoor capacity still at 50% of maximum occupancy
  • Restaurants, bars, and breweries – Sign in sheets still required for contact tracing efforts
  • Fitness classes – limited to 25% or 10 total persons, whichever is higher
  • Live performances – permitted, performers must wear masks
  • Organized amateur sports – outdoor – are permitted
  • Organized amateur sports – indoor – are permitted at 25% occupancy, no more than 50 total persons in attendance
  • Organized amateur sports – Tournaments and organized amateur sports events with teams from outside the State of Maryland are prohibited.
  • Organized amateur sports – Face coverings should be worn by all participants engaged in the field of play and everyone present.
  • Adult entertainment – prohibited
  • Hookah lounges – prohibited except retail
  • Cigar lounges – prohibited except retail