Executive Orders permitting outdoor seating and carry out of alcoholic beverages set to expire following the rescinding of local state of emergency for COVID-19 in Worcester County

Snow Hill, MD – (June 22, 2021), following recent state actions, the Worcester County commissioners have rescinded the local state of emergency for COVID-19 in Worcester County effective July 1. Local executive orders that allowed outdoor seating as well as the carry out and delivery of alcoholic beverages will also be expiring.

The governor’s executive orders for carry out and delivery of alcoholic beverages will expire effective July 1, and all alcoholic beverage license holders in Worcester County will cease all carry out and delivery of alcoholic beverages, which were permitted solely through the executive orders.

Outdoor seating, which was permitted during COVID-19, shall be removed as required by the Worcester County Health Department (WCHD) or the governing authority in which the licensed premises is located. The commissioners approved a 60-day administrative grace period for restaurants located in the unincorporated areas of Worcester County through August 29 following the expiration of the state of emergency in Worcester County. 

All license holders will be required to adhere to all regulations and requirements for seating patrons and serving alcoholic beverages that existed prior to the COVID-19 outbreak unless a request for alteration of a licensed premise is approved by the Board of License Commissioners.

The commissioners and other WCG officials have and will continue working cooperatively with the WCHD, the lead agency throughout the pandemic, to protect public health.

 “Public health remains a top priority of the commissioners, and we owe a huge debt of gratitude to Worcester County Health Department professionals and their partners for working around the clock during the past 15 months to protect public health through education and testing and for their Herculean efforts to place vaccines in arms,” Commission President Joe Mitrecic said. “No amount of thanks can convey our gratitude for the sacrifices they made to protect lives and bring us through the pandemic.”

All WCG offices and facilities, including the recreation center and branch libraries, reopened to the public in May and are continuing to provide needed public services during standard hours of operation; however, those who prefer to continue depositing essential documents in drop-off boxes in the WCG first floor atrium and at the Isle of Wight office building are able to do so. For more information regarding hours of operation, visit www.co.worcester.md.us.