Restaurant Association of Maryland Issues New Statement Regarding Indoor Dining Ban

Restaurant Association of Maryland Issues New Statement Regarding Indoor Dining Ban

The President of the Restaurant Association of Maryland (RAM) released a statement today in response to Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich’s COVID briefing.

Today’s breifing, which mostly focused on vaccine distribution, can be viewed here.

RAM is asking for Erlich to lift the indoor dining ban immediately, and cites the decline in numbers over the past two weeks.

Full press release below:

Statement in Response to Montgomery County Executive COVID Briefing
January 27, 2021

Statement from Marshall Weston, President & CEO of the Restaurant Association of Maryland in response to Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich.

The Restaurant Association of Maryland is calling on County Executive Marc Elrich and the Montgomery County Council to take immediate action to lift the ban on indoor dining at restaurants.

According to the their own COVID dashboard, there has been a documented steady decline in numbers for the past two weeks. It remains grossly unfair that thousands of restaurant employees in Montgomery County are being asked to accept the burden of not being permitted to work when there is no evidence that restaurants are a cause of COVID spread.

Meanwhile, residents continue to visit other jurisdictions for indoor dining while the livelihoods of Montgomery County restaurants and their employees remain in critical jeopardy.

5 Comments on "Restaurant Association of Maryland Issues New Statement Regarding Indoor Dining Ban"

  1. The last statement is so true: “Meanwhile, residents continue to visit other jurisdictions for indoor dining while the livelihoods of Montgomery County restaurants and their employees remain in critical jeopardy.”

    We live in MoCo and just go to Fredrick County and Fairfax County to dine indoors (for example) to bypass the MoCo ban.

  2. Even if I didn’t go to another restaurant outside the County, I’ll just prepare my meal. Which still hurts the small businesses. Half the joy of dining out is the people you socialize with. For that reason, why bother with take-out.

  3. When we want to eat out we go to Frederick county. Where do you go Marc? or does the county provide a in house cook?

  4. Why do you continue to keep indoor dining closed in Montgomery County..so discriminatory and harmful,to all restaurant business…it’s doing nothing else but closing restaurant businesses!!!

  5. Given that the overall death rate is 2% less in 2020 than during the past 3 years, thus indicating an essentially non-existent “pandemic” with upwards of 99% survival rate across all age groups, it seems that the association of those businesses most hurt by the scare would be seeking compensation for its members and pressing for truth to benefit of all. The restaurant business had been on-track to surpass $1 trillion in 2020, had it not been for the COVID crippling that economic (and joyful) engine.

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