COVID-19 – what’s open, closed

Because of the COVID-19 crisis, as of 8pm on March 30, there is a stay-at-home order for all of Maryland. That means you should stay home as much as possible except for essential purposes, which includes work (if you work at an “essential” business); obtaining food and beverages (includes going to the grocery store, food markets, liquor stores, and picking up carry-out from restaurants); picking up medication from pharmacies; and getting outside for exercise or walking the dog (includes short walks, runs, or bike rides in your neighborhood; and kayaking or stand-up paddling for exercise). Recreational boating is not allowed. Limited fishing and crabbing (from land or from a boat) for sustenance is allowed. Commercial fishing is deemed essential and can continue. Read more in this FAQs released by Maryland Department of Natural Resources on March 31. Read it here. Anyone who knowingly disregards the order is in danger of jail time and a fine.

To make things easier for Dorchester County residents, we’ve put this page together to serve as a helpful resource, with local listings of restaurants offering carry-out/delivery, shops that are selling online, places that are open or closed, and events that are cancelled or postponed. This listing is being updated multiple times each day, but please check the social media of local businesses for the latest news and for  hours, since the situation is constantly changing. If you know of updates to these listings, please let us know by emailing info@visitdorchester.org. For education-related issues, see the Dorchester County Public Schools Facebook page. For health/medical-related news, see the Dorchester County Health Department Facebook page.

Retailers & Arts – Open or Online

Pharmacies, gas stations, banks, grocery stores, food markets, liquor stores, and hardware stores are considered essential businesses and will remain open. Retailers who are non-essential are still allowed to offer products online and deliver them to customers.

Things You Can Do

Because of Maryland’s stay-at-home order, it’s safest to stay in your house and yard. However, you can still get exercise (going for a short walk, run, or bike ride; kayaking or stand-up paddling) and you can still walk your dog. Just be sure to do it safely and don’t jeopardize the health of yourself or others. If you don’t feel well, stay inside! If you go outside, be sure to stay at least 6 feet away from others who are not in your household or closed network. Here are a few ideas for things you can do safely in Dorchester without leaving your house. 

  • Chesapeake Mural Trail audio guide narrated by artist Michael Rosato; download the free app
  • Downtown Cambridge and Historic Pine Street audio guides; download the free app
  • Handsell House guide-by-cell audio tour of the historic site near Vienna
  • Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad audio guide tour of 16 sites on the 125-mile Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway; download the free audio guide
  • Explore the county’s historic and cultural treasures from home by reading our three Heritage Trail Guides. Order the hard copy brochures or download them as PDFs: 1-Cambridge and the Neck District, 2-Waterfront Villages, and 3-Side Trips Off Route 50.
  • Wildlife Cams:  Check out Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge’s Osprey Cam and Eagle Cam. While neither cam currently has an active nest, you can sometimes glimpse and hear other wildlife action. See the cams.
  • Gardening: Work in your yard/garden. Mowbray’s Garden Center is open with plants and more. Emily’s Produce also has plants.  If additional garden sources open for the season, we’ll list them here.
  • Self-Care:  Try a free Facebook Live yoga class on Sundays at 11am with Fair Winds Wellness or Anahata Yoga. Or tune into the local programming from the Dorchester Public Library.
  • Enter the “Why I Love Dorchester” Contest! See details on our Facebook page. Deadline to submit a photo or a few words: 8pm, April 6.
  • IMPORTANT NOTE: Use of playground equipment and athletic courts are prohibited at this time. All Dorchester County parks and playgrounds are officially closed to prevent public gatherings and the spread of COVID-19.

Restaurants
& Food – Open

These restaurants and food establishments are offering take-out, curbside pick-up, and/or delivery. (Note that restaurants are now legally allowed to offer alcohol for carry-out/delivery for those over 21).) Note that some restaurants have reduced their hours for now. Also, consider buying a gift certificate now to help restaurants and shops with cash flow, and then treat yourself or a friend to a meal out once things are back to normal. Delivery services and some errands are also offered through the local business Beat the Rush Delivery. All fast-food chains are open for pick up and/or drive-thru service. For the latest on our local restaurants, click on the links below to connect with each merchant’s website or Facebook page. You can also join the Facebook group What’sCooking, where local restaurants are being invited to post their daily menus.

Closed For Now

Unless otherwise indicated, the following are closed until further notice.

Events

Because of various directives issued for all  of Maryland by Governor Hogan, assume that all events that require gathering of people are cancelled or postponed for at least the first two weeks of April.

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