FREDERICK, Md. — The Frederick County Board of Health on Thursday voted 7 to 1 to reimpose a series of new COVID-19 restrictions beginning Friday at 5pm.
Anyone 5 or older will have to wear a face coverings in all public indoor spaces, including tobacconist shops, cigar bars, vape and hookah lounges.
The face covering mandate also applies outdoors when social distancing cannot be followed.
Indoor and outdoor venues will now be limited to 25 people or 25% capacity, whichever is less.
The order affects all fitness centers, bars, nightclubs, breweries, distilleries, wine tasting rooms, civic service clubs, private clubs, indoor agro-tourism enterprise activities, fairgrounds, rodeos, auction houses, and social and private gatherings.
Wedding venues will be restricted as well come November 30 at 9am.
For now, religious institutions, restaurants and personal service businesses will be capped at 50 percent.
Retail establishments will remain at 75 percent.
Violators could be fined a minimum of $250 for a first offense.