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.
GUESTS, STAFF AND SERVICE PROFESSIONALS/VENDORS HEALTH
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.
Hand sanitizer dispensers are placed at key guest, staff and service professional entrances and
contact areas such as main entrances, and rest rooms.
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.
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.
Room capacity for each room:
Current Room Capacity for the Loft is 200 and based on the Howard County government capacity limitations for indoor weddings.
Current Room Capacity for the Smithy/Tack is 65 and based on the Howard County government capacity limitations for indoor weddings.
Room Capacity for the Courtyard is 200 and is based on the Howard County government capacity limitations for weddings.
a. Masks are not required, but may be worn at the discretion of the renter. We strongly suggest that all individuals wear masks, regardless of vaccination status, while inside The Other Barn, except when eating or drinking.
b. Physical Distancing at 3 feet apart is strongly suggested at all times.
c. Kitchen may not be used to prepare food, but may be used for assembly by caterers.
d. No self-serve buffets or food stations are permitted.
e. Buffets are only permitted if the food is served by a server, not by individual guests.
f. Cafeteria-style food and beverage service are permitted whereby a caterer/server serves the guest AND there is an appropriate barrier between the server and guest. Barrier could include tables, sneeze/cough guards or other equipment that provides appropriate protection.
g. Cake must be plated and served by a server, not by individual guests.
h. No self-serve bar service with guests standing in line to get a drink is permitted. If bar service is requested, there must be a bartender and the bartender is required to serve the drinks to the guests. Bottled beverages preferred.
i. Vendors, servers, and/or wait staff are required to provide their own personal protective supplies.
j. 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.
k. 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.
l. All reports of COVID19 among attendees at the event should be reported to the HC Health Department and to the Oakland Mills Community Association.
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
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.