ANNAPOLIS — Restaurants on the Eastern Shore and throughout Maryland will be able to expand their indoor capacity to 75 percent, according to a new COVID-19 order from Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan.
The expanded capacity order goes into place at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 21. Current mandates restrict restaurants to 50 percent of capacity.
Hogan made the announcement Friday afternoon and also issued proclamation designating Sept. 18 to Sept. 27 as Maryland Restaurant Week. The new order still requires appropriate social distancing.
Restaurants have been hit very hard by the coronavirus pandemic.
Some cities and towns, including Easton, have allowed restaurants to use sidewalks and parking lanes to accommodate outdoor diners.