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    This information will be updated as regulations change. Last updated 5/28/20. 

  • COVID-19 Visitor Information

    Maryland Governor Hogan has lifted the stay-at-home order and the ban on non-essential travel for the state of Maryland as of Friday, May 15, 2020 at 5 pm. Transient vacation rentals in Garrett County resumed operation as of May 14, 2020. Per Maryland Governor Hogan's Executive Order on May 15, 2020, Gatherings Larger Than 10 Persons Prohibited. For the purpose of vacation rentals, family members, including extended family, are not considered “large groups” and are not prohibited. Non-related groups larger than 10 people are not permitted in rental properties. We ask that you follow all proper protocols and regulations when visiting area businesses.
     
    The County asks that guests to Garrett County:
    • Bring grocery items, paper and cleaning products with them since there may be local shortages of certain products due to the current pandemic.
    • Please practice social distancing while visiting Garrett County.
    A face mask is required in all indoor establishments to prevent the spread.
    • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer when visiting indoor establishments.
    • If you feel ill with COVID-19 symptoms please self-isolate.
    • If you have questions regarding COVID-19 while visiting Garrett County, you can call the Garrett County COVID-19 Hotline at 301.334.7698.
    • Please notify the property manager or owner of your rental property if you test positive for COVID-19 or develop signs and symptoms of the virus before checking out so that housekeeping staff, and the Garrett County Health Department, can be notified promptly.
     
    To book a trip to Deep Creek and Garrett County, please view a listing of our lodging partners
     
    We thank you for your cooperation and welcome back!
     

  • What Can I Do While I'm Visiting Garrett County?

    This information will be updated as regulations change. For specific limitations, please visit our COVID-19 Recovery page. Last updated 5/26/20. 


  • Businesses are Implementing Some of the Following Best Practices That You As A Customer May Need To Follow: 

    This information will be updated as regulations change. Last updated 5/28/20. 

    Retail 
    A face mask is required in all indoor establishments to prevent the spread. (5/19/20)

    • Curbside pick-up.
    • Wear facemasks if required by state law or if the customer chooses to wear one.
    • For older POS system that require a signed credit card slip, provide clean pen for each customer. Wipe all pens with sanitizing wipe after each use.
    • Wipe down POS system after each use by customer.
    • Hand sanitizer available for customers.
    • Hand sanitizing wipes available to wipe down cart and basket handles.
    • Limiting number of customers in store/shop based on social distancing guidelines.
    • Retail store occupancy limits will be informed by each state’s demographics public health experience, and social distancing policy. To support smaller retail businesses, who may lack staff necessary to closely monitor customer flow, we recommend reducing store occupancy.
    • Alternatively, thresholds of no more than 5 customers per 1,000 square feet of total store square footage excluding employees, may also be appropriate.
    • Place conspicuous signage at entrances and throughout the store alerting staff and customers to the required occupancy limits, six feet of physical distance, and policy on face covering.
    • Minors should be accompanied by an adult at all times.
    • Establish hours of operation, wherever possible, that permit access solely to high-risk individuals, as defined by the CDC.
    • Demarcate six feet of spacing in check-out lines to demonstrate appropriate spacing for social distancing.
    • Ensure six feet of distance between customers and cashiers and baggers, except at the moment of payment and/or exchange of goods.
    • Arrange for contactless pay options, pickup, and/or delivery of goods wherever practical.

    Lodging Customers

    • Contactless payment.
    • For older POS system that requires a signed credit card slip, provide clean pen for each customer. Wipe all system and all pens with sanitizing wipe after each use.
    • Contact free check-in.
    • Keyless entry.
    • Hand sanitizer available in all common areas.
    • Assure guests their room has been appropriately disinfected and inspected prior to their arrival.
    • Ask guests staying two or more nights if they wish to have daily housekeeping service or prefer no employees enter their room during their stay unless required due to emergency.
    • Implement “light touch” stayover service to limit time in guest rooms.
    • In vacation rentals, guests are advised to wash all cups, glasses, dishes, silverware and cookware in warm soapy water or dishwasher before and after use.
    • Minors should be accompanied by an adult at all times.
    • Due to the proximity necessary in guest elevators, ask that guests wear face masks or face protection while riding the elevators for both their safety and the safety of others.
    • Post signs in the lobby to remind guests of social distancing measures.

    Restaurants/Bars
    Restaurants are take-out, delivery and outdoor dining only. Bars are currently closed at this time. 
     

    • For outdoor dining, no more than six people may be seated at a table, with the exception of members of the same household
    • Signage on door that no one with fever or persistent cough is permitted to enter.
    • Wear masks, if required by law, except when eating or drinking.
    • Contactless payment.
    • For older POS system that requires a signed credit card slip, provide clean pen for each customer. Wipe all pens with sanitizing wipe after each use.
    • Wipe down POS system after each use by customer.
    • Curbside pick-up/food delivered to car.
    • Delivery.
    • Minors should be accompanied by an adult at all times.
    • Reservations to eliminate waiting areas.
    • Diners/patrons wait in cars or outside and call upon arrival and listen for name to be called over PA system or to receive call/text when table is ready if no PA system available.
    • Disposable one-time use menus.
    • Demarcation lines for social distancing for ordering from counter or bar.

    Personal Services (Salons, Spas, Tattoo Parlors)
    Only hair services are available at this time. Nail services, tattoos and spa treatments are closed at this time. (5/19/20) 
     

    • Scheduled appointments only, no walk-ins.
    • Screening questions when customer calls to schedule appoint to confirm customer is not suffering from any illness or has been exposed to anyone that has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
    • Clients wear face masks, if required by law; some services, such as mustache or beard trims, may require the cloth, paper or disposable face covering to be temporarily removed.
    • Have clients wait in their car or outside to be contacted when the provider is ready for the appointment.
    • Request that clients wash hands with soapy, warm water, for a minimum of 20 seconds prior to receiving service.
    • Provide curbside pick-up arranged ahead of time for product purchases outside of scheduled service appointments.
    • Ask clients to wash their own hair prior to arriving for their appointment except for appointments where color agent being applied.
    • Clients should refrain from touching products that they do not plan to purchase.
    • Contactless payment.
    • For older POS system that requires a signed credit card slip, provide clean pen for each customer. Wipe all pens with sanitizing wipe after each use.
    • Wipe down POS system after each use by customer.
    • If the client must wait for a ride home, provide a space where the client may self-isolate away from employees and other clients.

    Attractions/Entertainment 
    Attractions/Entertainment are currently closed at this time. (5/19/20)

    • Wear facemasks if required by law or if the customer chooses to wear one.
    • Online and phone reservations.
    • Stagger reservation/show times.
    • Ensure customers stay 6 feet apart while in facility.
    • Disable games to allow 6 feet between players.
    • Online ticket sales.
    • Limit customer capacity to follow social distancing guidelines.
    • Contactless payment if possible.
    • For older POS system that requires a signed credit card slip, provide clean pen for each customer. Wipe all pens with sanitizing wipe after each use.
    • Wipe down POS system after each use by customer.
    • Limiting number of customers in facility based on social distancing guidelines.
    • Limit 6 customers to a group.
    • Reservations to eliminate waiting areas.
    • Display board with prices and options for contact free selection of services.
    • Hand sanitizer available at all times.

    Boating and Water Recreation

    • Renter must wear mask, if required by law, when renting equipment and review pre-rental procedures with employee.
    • Only two people per party allowed on rental dock during pre-rental review and procedures.
    • When boat and or rental equipment is returned, all people in party must wear mask, if required by law.
    • Only two boat/PWC rental party on rental docks at a time.
    • Prohibit parties from staying in the boat when docked at a public dock.
    • Prohibit boats/PWCs from tying up together on the lake.
    • Limit 10 people per boat if capacity is greater.
    • Pontoon boat tours are limited to members of same family/party.
    • Pontoon boat tour customers must wear mask, if required by law, while on boat.
    • Driver of the boat must wear mask, if required by law, when purchasing gas at a public dock.
    • Online reservations and contactless payment.

    Golf

    • Members and guests use online check-in or online payment prior to arriving for their scheduled round.
    • Contactless payment if possible.
    • For older POS system that requires a signed credit card slip, provide clean pen for each customer. Wipe all pens with sanitizing wipe after each use.
    • Wipe down POS system after each use by customer.
    • Only one person per motorized golf cart with the exception of same household members.
    • All tee times must be made in advance to eliminate walk-in play and the possibility of large groups of golfers arriving at one time.
    • Golfers must maintain 6 feet distance at all times on course during play.
    • Golfers stay in car and call upon arrival at pro shop to check-in and receive assigned cart number(s).
    • Golfers to personally dispose of any trash they may have in receptacles provided by the golf course, and to not leave trash in golf carts.
    • Require golfers leave flagsticks at each hole in place.

    Professional Services/Offices/Non-Hospitality Related Businesses

    • Curbside pick-up.
    • Wear facemasks if required by state law or if the customer chooses to wear one.
    • For older POS system that requires a signed credit card slip, provide clean pen for each customer. Wipe all pens with sanitizing wipe after each use.
    • Wipe down POS system after each use by customer.
    • Hand sanitizer available for customers.
    • Hand sanitizing wipes available to wipe down cart and basket handles.
    • Limiting number of customers in office based on social distancing guidelines.
    • Place conspicuous signage at entrances and throughout the office space alerting staff and customers to the required occupancy limits, six feet of physical distance, and policy on face covering.
    • Minors should be accompanied by an adult at all times.
    • Establish hours of operation, wherever possible, that permit access solely to high-risk individuals, as defined by the CDC.
    • Ensure six feet of distance between customers and employees where possible.
    • Arrange for contactless pay options, pickup, and/or delivery of goods wherever practical.

     


  • Limiting Exposure/Spread of Coronavirus

    The following is what everyone can do to limit the exposure and spread of Coronavirus:
    • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
    • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available.
    • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, your sleeve or your elbow.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using standard cleaning practices.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • If you are sick, stay home, except when seeking medical care.

    Coronavirus Resources

    Center for Disease Control - Coronavirus (COVID-19)

    Maryland Governor Hogan's Stage 1 Openings (as of 5/13/20)

    Maryland Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Business

    The Hogan Administration’s COVID-19 Response

    Garrett County Health Department COVID-19 Response Dashboard


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