Maryland judge temporarily blocks county’s ban on indoor dining
By Michael Brice-Saddler, Ovetta Wiggins and Gregory S. Schneider
A Maryland judge temporarily blocked a county order Wednesday that aimed to ban indoor dining, offering a rare victory for plaintiffs challenging coronavirus restrictions in the Washington region.
The ruling by Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge William Mulford came after four restaurant owners sued County Executive Steuart Pittman (D) over his order limiting restaurant service to takeout and delivery. They argued that restaurants are not driving the spread of the virus and that the restrictions would have a devastating economic effect on workers and their families.
Mulford agreed to their request, granting a temporary restraining order that allows them to resume on-site dining with restrictions in place.