11-11-20 Gov. Hogan issues Executive Order decreasing max hotel banquet capacity from 75% to 50%
In light of Governor Hogan’s latest Executive Order, updates have been made on the MHLA COVID-19 Resources page. As always, members may contact the MHLA office with any questions.
Reopening Updates for Maryland’s Lodging Industry – updated Nov. 11, 2020 Stage Three of Recovery
As stated on the Maryland Back to Business site, “Maryland is following Governor Hogan’s Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery plan, which includes details for business operations based upon the current conditions. While Maryland is currently in Phase III, under the latest executive order, capacity limits at restaurants has changed to 50%. (See below for more information on Hotel Meetings, Banquets, Weddings and Conventions.)
The use of face coverings continues to be required for all people in Maryland over the age of five in public places and elsewhere across the state. Please read the FAQs regarding face coverings (en español). For face mask signage, click here: English | en español.”
Counties may be More Restrictive
Business operations are being implemented with a flexible, community-based approach that empowers individual jurisdictions to make decisions regarding the timing of reopenings, therefore it’s important that businesses consult guidance issued by their local jurisdiction.
The Maryland Association of Counties has also provided an overview of county reopening stages.
Hotel Meetings, Banquets, Weddings and Conventions
Effective June 12, 2020, the (Amended) Directive and Order Regarding Community, Recreational, Leisure, Cultural and Sporting Gatherings and Events prohibits convention events until further notice.
We previously shared a memo from MHLA’s lobbying firm, the Law Offices of Frank D. Boston, III, providing an analysis of statewide Executive Orders and Directives impacting what is currently permitted in hotel meeting space. In light of the Governor’s amended Executive Order requiring food service establishments to decrease capacity from 75% to 50% max occupancy, effective November 11, 2020 at 5:00 p.m., an UPDATED Memo re Meetings, Banquets, Weddings and Conventions held at Maryland Hotels (Updated November 11, 2020 and replacing previous memos dated July 6, 2020 and September 25, 2020) has been posted in the Members Area of our website under Legislation & Compliance Updates. As mentioned above, counties may be more restrictive than the state and we highly recommend checking with your County Executive office and local Health Departments for guidance and additional restrictions.
Large Gatherings, Travel Advisory
As of June 10, 2020 and continuing with the November 10, 2020 Executive Order, “It is strongly recommended that all Marylanders continue to follow the most current guidance from CDC and MDH regarding social distancing, including, without limitation, avoidance of large gatherings and crowded places.” Click the following link to view FAQs regarding Social Gatherings, including those held at licensed food service establishments.
On November 10, 2020 a COVID-19 Advisory was issued by the Maryland Department of Health that strongly recommends that Marylanders undertake measures to contain the recent surge in COVID-19 cases. This advisory suggests limiting attendance at public and private indoor gatherings of more than 25 individuals in one location, limiting out-of-state travel to essential purposes only, and recommendations for testing/quarantine by out-of-state visitors to Maryland and residents who travel outside of the state. More details are contained in the advisory.
Social Distancing Requirements & Recommendations
As a reminder, hotels must comply with all social distancing restrictions in place for restaurants and bars when it comes to catering and food service. Best practices and more are on the Maryland Back to Business Website, including these below:
Additionally, Governor Hogan is encouraging Maryland business owners to take the Maryland Strong Back to Business Pledge, and display a signed pledge in your place of business. The pledge includes a commitment to follow industry best practices.
“Safe Stay” Initiative
MHLA has endorsed the national “Safe Stay” initiative (updated 10-28-20), which has been reviewed by the CDC and was developed with input from major brands and industry leaders as well as subject matter experts. COVID-19 training is also available for hotel employees.
Face Covering Requirements at Hotels
Effective July 31, 2020, at 5:00 P.M., all persons in Maryland over the age of 5 must wear masks or face coverings when visiting the public spaces of all businesses (including hotels) as well as outdoor public areas. Click here to read Executive Order 20-07-29-01.
Resources from MHLA Partners & Allied Members General Information – Best Practices, Webinars & Other Relevant COVID-19 Related Topics
Cleaning and Disinfecting
General Operation / Inspections
Cost Saving Resources
Printing and Signage
Recovery and Crisis Management – Sales, Marketing, Revenue Management and Operations
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