Charles County Health Department

Charles County Department of Health

Events

As of December 8, 2020, events in Charles County are limited to 100 individuals or less for outdoor venues.  It is recommended that indoor events be limited to 25 individuals or less.  The number of individuals at the event includes the vendors and staff at the event.  Buffet food service at events is prohibited.  Social distancing of 6’ or greater must be observed between non-household groups and non-household groups should not be seated together.  Facial coverings are required and should not be removed unless actively eating in drinking while seated in a designated area for dining.  Individuals with symptoms or exposure to COVID-19 must be excluded from event attendance.

If you plan to hire vendors for your event, ask about their policy for screening employees.  Food service staff must have hand washing available, wear gloves, and practice proper sanitation of work surfaces.  High touch surfaces need to be disinfected frequently using a product that kills COVID-19.  Ensure that you read the label or reference the EPA website to determine if the disinfectant is listed for use against the COVID-19 virus.

Public Event planners are required to submit an application for a public event permit to the Office of Planning and Growth Management (https://land.charlescountymd.gov/EnerGov_Prod/SelfService#/applicationAssistant?sectionName=All&moduleId=2&categoryName=All).  As part of this application review, the Charles County Department of Health requires the submittal of a COVID-19 prevention plan in conformance with the Executive Orders issued by the Governor.  

Are you ready to have an event? Please view and download our Readiness and Planning Tool:
Events and Gatherings: Readiness and Planning Tool