Baltimore County restaurants and bars are getting some guidance from the county about how to prepare for reopening.

Under Gov. Larry Hogan's statewide executive order, restaurants and bars are currently only permitted to provide carryout and delivery service.

In an effort to help restaurateurs prepare for reopening more quickly when the time comes, the county sent a letter to restaurants and bars Tuesday, giving them steps to incorporate guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention into their businesses to prepare for outdoor dining.

The county is also working on a streamlined application process for expansions to accommodate outdoor areas.

The county cited public health experts as saying outdoor restaurant and bar seating -- combined with social distancing and sanitary practices -- as a lower risk option compared to indoor seating. This service, once permitted by the state, would complement existing drive-through, delivery, take-out and curbside pickup options.

Baltimore County's letter to restaurants, bars

Baltimore County Restaurant and Bars: Guidance and Best Practices During the COVID-19 Crisis

National Restaurant Association COVID-19 Reopening Guidance