Businesses in Talbot County raise concerns over new COVID-19 restrictions

EASTON, Md. – Many businesses in Talbot County are raising concerns after the County Council announced new COVID-19 restrictions.

Last week, the County Council passed several new orders in an emergency resolution.

One rule now states that any outdoor event with more than 50 people that either involves paid admission, professional catering or is open to the public must have a temporary use certificate from the Planning and Zoning Commission.

Council members also approved an order that prohibits people from gathering and bars and businesses from serving alcoholic drinks to customers in bar areas.

And according to one local restaurant this new change makes business much harder.

“So, it’s pretty disheartening for everyone who is following these rules and are going above and beyond to now be hit with another requirement that’s going to make business that much harder,” said Austin Smale, general manager at the Limoncello Restaurant and Wine Bar.

The President of the County Council Corey Pack tells 47ABC these new changes are a result of an increase in hospitalizations due to COVID-19.

He says they are just following Governor Larry Hogan’s emergency directive as well. For access to the emergency resolution, click on the following link: 

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