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Montgomery County to Reopen Restaurants

Life has been difficult for everyone in these winter months but there is some good news on the horizon.

With cases of COVID-19 in Montgomery County slowing it has been announced that restaurants will be reopening with limited capacity and a dining time limit.

Montgomery County is going to allow restaurants to reopen at 25% indoor capacity, two months after indoor service was banned to limit the spread of COVID-19.

What some people restaurant owners are confused by is the time limit for dining.   It was originally 60 minutes when announced but Elrich amended that to 90 minutes this week.

The effective date of this executive order will be Saturday Feb. 14 at 7 a.m.

Under the executive order, restaurants would be required to keep a daily record of the date and time of the meal service and the name and contact information of at least one person in each dining party. The record would be kept for at least 30 days for contact tracing purposes.

The county closed indoor dining on Dec. 15 in an attempt to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Outdoor dining, carryout, delivery and drive-through service is still permitted.