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Protecting the Public


COVID-19 Information:

Indoor Dining Information:

Per Governor Hogan's Executive Order #20-09-28-01, all licensed food service facilities may reopen their indoor dining areas with a capacity limit of 75% of their maximum occupancy. Facilities must ensure they continue to follow all social distancing guidelines. Below you will find a guidance document for indoor seating as well as an example facility layout. Please review the documents thoroughly and contact this Office at 410-352-3234 if you have any questions. This also serves as a reminder that strict social distancing measures need to be implemented and facial coverings are required for all staff members. 

06-11-20 Indoor Dining Re-opening Guidance

Example Layout of Indoor Dining Area in Compliance with COVID-19 Requirements


Outdoor Dining Information:

05-28-20 Outdoor Dining Application for COVID-19, this application may be submitted by fax at 410-352-3369, email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or at the drop box at the Isle of Wight Center.

You must also submit an application to your appropriate jurisdiction:

Worcester County temporary seating application, click here.

Ocean City temporary seating application, click here.


Additional Links:

Social Distancing Sign

Do Not Enter If Sick Sign

COVID-19 Hand Washing Sign






Worcester County food service facilities as well as temporary food service facilities operating in Worcester County, must be licensed by our Environmental Health Office prior to serving the public.

For information about selling products at a Farmers' Market click: "Processing and Selling Value Added Food Products in Maryland."

For information about the new styrofoam law, click here. This page will be updated as more information becomes available.

Applications and Forms:

Helpful food related links:

Foodborne Outbreak Investigations

Complaint based investigations are carried out in conjunction with the  Communicable Disease Nursing Program. Please contact Environmental Health by phone at 410-641-9559 to file a complaint.

This service is provided by the Environmental Health Program.