Our Health, Safety and Cleaning Protocols

The staff at The Other Barn places your safety, and the safety of all staff and service

professionals, as our primary mission. We want everyone to enjoy their event and have

the peace of mind in knowing that we are doing everything we can to minimize the risk

of contracting any disease or virus while visiting The Other Barn.




Surfaces and Contact Points

All surfaces and touch points are cleaned on a regular basis before and after each event.   Special attention is paid to sanitizing door handles, railings, security keypads and common high-traffic spaces/surfaces in the building on all floors.

We have put in place the following health and safety guidelines for each and every event held at our venue.

Guest Contact

CDC and WHO guidance indicates that person-to-person contact or “close proximity”

are the primary ways COVID-19 spreads through aerosols and droplets. To help prevent

risk of transmission in this way, the staff at The Other Barn implemented the following

safety protocols:

  1. Placed signage in the Main Foyer reminding guests to maintain physical distancing of at least six feet.

  2. Placed hand-sanitizing stations at the Main Entrance to use prior to touring/entering.

  3. All guests over the age of 5 are required to wear a mask inside the facility, except when eating or drinking.

  4. For use of the exterior of the building, the courtyard and parking lots, masks are ALSO required of all guests, staff, and vendors when 6-foot social distancing requirements cannot be adhered to.

  5. The Other Barn staff are always required to wear a mask.

  6. All food and beverage vendors, servers, and/or wait staff are always required to wear a mask and gloves.

  7. New portable air filtration systems were purchased for use in all events.

Staff and Service Professional Arrival to The Other Barn

Staff and service professionals are monitored for pre-existing symptoms of Coronavirus. Anyone with a fever at 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or above is directed to leave the premises and seek medical attention.

Hand Sanitizer

Hand sanitizer dispensers are placed at key guest, staff and service professional entrances and

contact areas such as main entrances, and rest rooms.

Public Area Signage

Health and hygiene safety reminders are posted throughout The Other Barn.


All protocols and procedures are subject to change at any time based on the State of Maryland Governor’s and/or Howard County Executive’s orders at the time of the event.

  1. During your rental, you must comply with all current Executive Orders in place by Federal, State and Howard County Government agencies. These are subject to change at any time.

  2. Room capacity for each room:  number of individuals based on 6’ physical distance, seated or standing, and no tables; and number of individuals seated at tables based maintaining 6’ physical distancing while seated and between tables.  Current Room Capacity is 75 people for the Loft.  Current Room Capacity is 35 for the Smithy/Tack and is based on the Howard County government capacity limitations for indoor gatherings and weddings.  Current Capacity for the Courtyard is 75 and is based on the Howard County government capacity limitations for outdoor gatherings and weddings.

  3. Masks must be worn inside and outside the building by everyone over the age of five, except when eating or drinking.Renter is responsible for enforcing the mask regulation.Attendees refusing to comply must leave the facility.

  4. Physical Distancing at 6 feet apart must be maintained at all times.

  5. Prepared and/or individually packaged food service only.  Kitchen may not be used to prepare food.

  6. No buffets or food stations are permitted.All guests must be seated before being served food.

  7. No bar service with guests standing in line to get a drink is permitted. If bar service is requested, the bartender is required to bring the drinks to the guests.Bottled beverages only.

  8. Client must identify an individual at the event as the point person for COVID regulation control. This person must ensure all vendors and guests are in compliance with all COVID guidelines including enforcing wearing of masks. If a guest or vendor refuses to wear a mask, they will be asked to leave the premises to ensure the safety of other guests and staff.

  9. Renter shall maintain a list of all attendees including names/phone numbers/and emails. This list will be used if requested for the state/county to conduct contract tracing pertaining their attendance at the event.

  10. All reports of COVID19 among attendees at the event should be reported to the HC Health Department and to the Oakland Mills Community Association.

  11. Frequent hand washing with soap is encouraged for at least 20 seconds or use of hand sanitizer.

Cleaning Products and Protocols

The Other Barn cleaning service uses approved cleaning products and protocols.  Cleaning occurs before and

after each event throughout The Other Barn including both inside and outside with the focus

on high-contact areas, e.g., door handles, tables, chairs, and railings.

Meeting and Event Setups

Meeting and banquet setup arrangements allow for physical distancing between guests in all meetings and events, based on CDC recommendations.

Event capacities are managed for each room in The Other Barn and cover the total attendance of all staff, guests and vendors that are in the room and/or The Other Barn at any one time.

Staff strictly adhere to all table and chair setups to ensure that social distancing is always maintained for the duration of the event.

All protocols and procedures are subject to change at any time based on the State of Maryland Governor’s and/or Howard County Executive’s orders at the time of the event.

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