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Mall food courts can reopen in Anne Arundel County, restaurant dining hours extended

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Posted at 3:24 PM, Oct 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-01 15:27:01-04

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY — Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman signed an executive order that will allow mall food courts to reopen.

The new order will allow a maximum capacity of 50 percent in mall food courts.

The order also extends the time that bars and restaurants that serve alcohol in indoor facilities may be open and serve food from 10:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Alcohol service must still stop at 10:00 p.m.

Pittman made these changes after consulting with county health officials and reviewing the county’s case rate and other health metrics.

After several upticks in the rate during September, the seven day average of cases per 100,000 residents has been below 10 and holding steady for the past week.

“As we continue to fight the spread of this virus, we will also look for targeted actions to reopen safely,” said County Executive Pittman. “We believe the malls have a good plan in place for the food courts, and we are pleased to extend restaurant dining hours by one hour. Now we need to keep up the effort to keep our case rate low - please continue to wear face coverings and practice social distance.”

All this goes into effect Friday at 5 pm.