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Prince George’s County Restaurants Just Started Seating Diners Inside

Indoor and outside seating is permitted at a 50 percent capacity

A night view of “After Dark, Hyattsville”, a mural by Liz Manicatide on the side of Franklins in Hyattsville, MD.
Franklins brewpub in Hyattsville
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Restaurants in Prince George’s County will now be able to seat diners indoors with capacity restrictions as the Maryland county moves into Phase 2 of its coronavirus lockdown opening plan. According to WUSA9, the decision follows a 27 percent drop in coronavirus positivity cases since last week.

Prince George’s County’s Phase 2 reopening plan began yesterday at 5 p.m. and requires that restaurants adhere to distancing requirements, per WUSA9. Indoor and outside seating is permitted at a 50 percent capacity, and there’s an upper limit of 50 people inside a restaurant at any given time regardless of space. No more than six guests can sit at a table. Employees must undergo health screenings before shifts and wear face coverings.

Popular Prince George’s hot spots like National Harbor are inviting guests back for limited indoor seating at restaurants.

Meanwhile, Montgomery County will begin its own Phase 2 reopening on Friday, June 19 at 5 p.m., NBC4 reports. Other areas in Maryland began Phase 2 on June 5, and Northern Virginia began seating customers indoors at half capacity on June 12.