On behalf of the members of the Maryland Wineries Association, our industry welcomes the opportunity to reopen their outdoor spaces to wine enthusiasts throughout the state. We’d like to extend our gratitude to Governor Hogan and Comptroller Peter Franchot for their enduring support of our industry throughout Maryland’s “Stay at Home” order. The easing of statutory provisions and willingness to offer new commercial options to our members has provided a lifeline for this industry during a time of uncertainty.
Starting at 5:00 pm on Friday, May 29, 2020, wineries throughout Maryland are permitted to welcome consumers back for outdoor service. In order to reopen for service, Maryland’s wineries and consumers are required to comply with specific restrictions, as laid out by Governor Hogan. We have compiled these guidelines so that our members and consumers are able to have the same expectations regarding the Governor’s guidance.
Existing options to purchase wine to-go, or via delivery, from Maryland’s wineries remain in effect. Thank you for your continued support of #MDWine.
Wineries are required to follow the following guidelines as they reopen to the public:
- Customers may only be served for on-premise consumption in outdoor spaces.
- Physical distancing guidelines must be followed, includes 6’ social distance.
- No more than six patrons may be seated together.
- Sanitation procedures should be followed for seating and surfaces.
- Businesses must conduct temperature screening of staff prior to each shift.
- Masks, or face coverings, must be worn by staff while interacting with all other staff and patrons.
Additional resources that wineries throughout the state will use for guidance include this information from the Maryland Department of Commerce.
Consumers visiting Maryland’s wineries are required to comply with the following guidelines:
- Guests may now purchase wine for consumption in designated in our outdoor spaces at the winery. We have limited seating, so we encourage you to bring your own.
- Physical distancing must be followed, includes 6’ social distance, between patrons. We have arranged our furniture accordingly and we ask that it not be moved.
- No more than six guests and all must be from the from the same household. Everyone counts as part of the group including children.
- Playground is still closed all children must stay with their group.
- Masks, or face coverings, must be worn by all patrons in indoor spaces at the winery.
- If you don’t feel well, please stay home.
Not all wineries in Maryland will be reopening immediately. Each winery may develop their own set of rules to ensure the health and safety of their staff, their patrons, and their communities. Please check your favorite winery’s website or social media for updates to their schedules and policies.