Open Containers Still Prohibited In Ocean City

The Ocean City Police Department is reminding citizens that possession of open containers of alcohol and consumption of alcoholic beverages on public property is prohibited in the Town of Ocean City. This includes public streets, sidewalks, roadways and alleyways.

In addition to public streets, drinking alcohol on the beach in Ocean City is also prohibited. The Ocean City Police Department, in partnership with the Ocean City Beach Patrol, reminds citizens that drinking on public beaches is not only unlawful, but is also dangerous.

“When alcohol is consumed on the beach, a number of safety issues can arise,” said Ocean City Police Chief Ross Buzzuro. “Not only are you at a higher risk for heat related illnesses due to dehydration but there is extreme risks in swimming in the ocean while intoxicated.”

A violation of the city’s open container law, which applies to citizens of any age, may lead to a criminal violation and can result in an arrest or criminal citation. For more information on Town of Ocean City ordinances, please contact the Ocean City Police Public Affairs Office at 410.723.6665.