SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19
Commonly reported symptoms of COVID-19 infection include:
- Shortness of breath
While the exact incubation period for this coronavirus has not yet been determined, it is believed that most infected people will develop symptoms 2-14 days after they were exposed.
Many of the patients in the pneumonia outbreak caused by COVID-19 in Wuhan, China had some link to a large seafood and live animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread. However, person-to-person spread is now widely occurring.
There is no vaccine available for COVID-19. In general, people can protect themselves and others against respiratory viruses by taking the following precautions:
- Wash your hands frequently with soap & water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Cover your mouth and nose while coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- If you are sick, stay home from work or school.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Practice good health habits.
THOSE AT HIGHER RISK OF BECOMING SERIOUSLY ILL FROM COVID-19
Older Adults and Individuals with Pre-Existing Medical Conditions
Older adults (age 60+) and those with pre-existing medical conditions have a greater risk for serious illness, and in some cases death, if they become infected with COVID-19. Examples of pre-existing medical conditions include: cancer, diabetes, heart disease and other conditions that impact the immune system’s ability to fight germs.
Currently, people are at risk for contracting COVID-19 who:
- recently traveled to geographic areas of concern
- have close, personal contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19
- care for people with COVID-19
If you are an older adult or you have one and more chronic health conditions, you can take action to reduce your risk of exposure to COVID-19:
- take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others
- when you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact and wash your hands often with soap and water or hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol content
- avoid crowds as much as possible
GUIDANCE FOR TRAVELERS
At this time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people who are at risk for serious illness, including older adults and those with pre-existing medical conditions, avoid cruise travel and non-essential air travel. If you must travel, CDC is updating travel advisories as warranted and has advised against nonessential travel to some geographic areas of concern. Those with underlying health conditions are advised to avoid nonessential travel to certain areas as well.
Visit the CDC travel advisory site to check on current travel warnings if you are planning a trip abroad.
PROCLAMATION & DECLARATIONS
Declaration Amending Orders of March 16, 2020 and Repealing Certain Orders of April 28, 2020 Related to Combating the Spread of Novel Coronavirus – View PDF
Declaration Amending Order of April 28, 2020 Related to Combating the Spread of Novel Coronavirus (May 4, 2020) – View PDF
Declaration Amending Orders of March 16, March 22, March 29, and March 31 – View PDF
Declaration Restricting the Use and Occupancy of Commercial Lodging and Rentals (March 31, 2020) – View PDF
Declaration to Amend Orders of March 22, 2020 (March 29, 2020) – View PDF
Declaration to Close the Beach and Boardwalk (March 22, 2020) – View PDF
Proclamation of Civil Emergency (March 16, 2020) – View PDF
Letter to Citizens from the Mayor (March 11, 2020) – View PDF
- Mayor Rick Meehan Announces Lifting of Lodging Restrictions (5-14-20): https://oceancitymd.gov/oc/mayor-rick-meehan-announces-lifting-of-lodging-restrictions/
- Mayor Opens Beach, Boardwalk & Inlet Parking Lot on May 9 (5-4-20): https://oceancitymd.gov/oc/mayor-opens-beach-boardwalk-inlet-parking-lot-on-may-9/
- Ocean City Following State’s Roadmap to Recovery, Hopes to Lift Restrictions Once Stay-At-Home Order Ends (4-29-20): https://oceancitymd.gov/oc/ocean-city-following-states-roadmap-to-recovery-hopes-to-lift-restrictions-once-stay-at-home-order-ends/
- Be Safe At Home this Holiday Weekend (4-10-20): https://oceancitymd.gov/oc/be-safe-at-home-this-holiday-weekend/
- Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan: “Ocean City is Our Happy Place, But Right Now There Is No Place Like Home” (4-3-20): https://oceancitymd.gov/oc/ocean-city-mayor-rick-meehan-ocean-city-is-our-happy-place-but-right-now-there-is-no-place-like-home/
- New Measures to Fight COVID-19 Include Lodging Restrictions on Hotels & Short-Term Rentals (3-31-20): https://oceancitymd.gov/oc/new-measures-to-fight-covid-19-include-lodging-restrictions-on-hotels-short-term-rentals/
- Mayor Issues New Declaration Extending Beach & Boardwalk Closure until April 30 (3-30-20): https://oceancitymd.gov/oc/mayor-issues-new-declaration-extending-beach-boardwalk-closure-until-april-30/
- Flatten the Curve – OC Officials Urge Social Distancing (3-27-20): https://oceancitymd.gov/oc/flatten-the-curve-oc-officials-urge-social-distancing/
- Additional Measures Taken in Maryland to Slow the Spread of COVID-19 (3-23-20): https://oceancitymd.gov/oc/additional-measures-taken-in-maryland-to-slow-the-spread-of-covid-19/
- Beach and Boardwalk Closed, Mayor & City Council Urge Visitors to Stay Home (3-22-20): https://oceancitymd.gov/oc/beach-and-boardwalk-closed-mayor-city-council-urge-visitors-to-stay-home/
- Town Buildings Close to Public Beginning Friday, March 20 (3-20-20): https://oceancitymd.gov/oc/town-buildings-close-to-public-beginning-friday-march-20/
- “Now Is Not the Time to Visit Ocean City” Cautions Mayor Rick Meehan (3-19-20): https://oceancitymd.gov/oc/now-is-not-the-time-to-visit-ocean-city-cautions-mayor-rick-meehan/
- Mayor Urges Citizens to Be Part of Efforts to Flatten the Curve (3-18-20): https://oceancitymd.gov/oc/mayor-urges-citizens-to-be-part-of-efforts-to-flatten-the-curve/
- Only “Essential” Business Permitted in City Buildings (3-17-20): https://oceancitymd.gov/oc/only-essential-business-permitted-in-city-buildings/
- Mayor Declares Civil Emergency, Gov. Orders Bars & Restaurants to Close, & Modified Schedules Continue for Town Services, Programs and Events (3-16-20): https://oceancitymd.gov/oc/mayor-declares-civil-emergency-gov-orders-bars-restaurants-to-close-modified-schedules-continue-for-town-services-programs-and-events/
- Town of Ocean City Following Gov. Hogan’s Executive Orders, Following National Emergency Procedures (3-13-20): https://oceancitymd.gov/oc/town-of-ocean-city-following-gov-hogans-executive-orders-following-national-emergency-procedures/
- Governor Hogan Announces Major Actions (3-12-20): https://governor.maryland.gov/2020/03/12/governor-hogan-announces-major-actions-to-protect-public-health-limit-spread-of-covid-19-pandemic/
- Press Release Issued (3-12-20): Delmarva Irish American Club Cancels St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Stating Safety & Prevention Come First
Cancelations, postponements and Services Changes
(Last updated: 5-19-20 @ 1:04 pm)
- Ocean City Boardwalk Tram & Park-N-Ride – Closed until further notice
- Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum – Closed
- Ocean City Bus Service – Use public transit for essential travel only; Exercise social distancing; Effective April 18th, 2020 Facial Covering is required to be worn on all public transit vehicles.
- Roland E. Powell Convention Center & Visitors Center – Closed
- City Council meetings – Modified
- Public access to City Hall, the Convention Center and Northside Park’s Recreation Complex – Closed until further notice
- Ocean City Business/Rental License – Deadline has been extended to June 30th. No penalty/interest.
- Taxi Inspections: Until further notice, no taxi inspections will be scheduled and no permit renewals or fingerprinting/photographing will be done. No one will be penalized for having an expired permit (this year’s expiration date); or an expired medallion on their vehicles (this year’s date). These events will resume at a future date with no penalty or increase in fees.
- Mobile MVA Bus Services – Suspended until further notice
- Trailer Parking Ordinance – Extended until May 31, 2020
- Recreational Amenities – Open for public use: Parks, Dog Playground, Tennis Courts at Gorman Park, Little Salisbury, and 3 courts at Tennis Center, Pickleball Court at Gorman Park, Racquet Court at Gorman Park, Eagle’s Landing Golf Course. Closed: Basketball Courts, Playgrounds, Pavilions, Skate Park, Northside Park Recreational Building, and Northside Park Outdoor Fitness Area
(Listed in order of received)
- Beach 5 Sand Soccer Tournament (June 20-21) – Canceled
- Battle at the Beach & Boardwalk II (June 5-7) – Postponed
- Maryland Association of Counties Summer Conference (August) – Canceled
- Sand Duel Beach Soccer Tournament (June 6-7) – Canceled
- The Rat Pack Together Again (June 6) – Rescheduled to August 1st.
- Maryland State Firemen’s Association Parade (June 24) – Canceled
- Maryland State Firemen’s Association Annual Convention (June 22-24) – Modified: More info.
- OC Air Show (June 13-14) – Will be Rescheduled for Later in Summer
- Play It Safe (May 31-June 12) – Canceled
- Ravens Beach Bash (May 28-30) – Canceled
- Mox Nox Shows (May 22-23) – Rescheduled to May 28 & 29, 2021
- OC Car and Truck Show (June 13-14) – Canceled
- Ocean City Sportsman Expo (May 30-31) – Canceled
Information for Businesses (Employer & Worker Assistance)
Stop the spread of germs
What to do if you are sick
FAQ Updated: 5-15-20
Is the Beach and Boardwalk open?
The beach and boardwalk in Ocean City, as well as the Inlet Parking Lot, re-opened on May 9, 2020. When visiting the beach and Boardwalk, social distancing guidelines and gathering limits should be followed. Visitors are permitted to bring chairs or blankets and lounge on the beach. Retail establishments are able to open at fifty percent (50%) capacity and restaurants on the Boardwalk are open for carry-out only. Lifeguards will be on duty beginning Saturday, May 23, 2020. Prior to the lifeguards taking the stands, as with previous years, we do not encourage anyone to go into the ocean when lifeguards are not on duty.
How is the social/physical distancing and masking guidelines enforced?
OCPD will continue to patrol throughout the town encouraging people to adhere to the social distancing guidelines and gathering limitations, should they see crowds gathering. The responsibility of masking and number of individuals in the store (occupancy load) will fall on the business owner for the retail locations set to open under phase one of Governor Hogan’s Roadmap to Reopening.
Where do I have to wear a mask?
Governor Hogan is requiring masks or face coverings to be worn in stores (retail, grocery, pharmacies, etc.) and on public transportation. Currently, there is no requirement in the state of Maryland to wear masks in public, outdoors, at this time.
We encourage people to wear masks in public as a precaution if they believe necessary, though this is a personal decision and it will not be required.
Are businesses still open in Ocean City, Maryland?
On Wednesday, May 13th Governor Hogan announced that he will be lifting the Stay at Home Order effective Friday, May 15th at 5pm. At that time, retail stores and some personal services will be permitted to open with limited capacity. Restaurants are permitted to serve carry-out or delivery. Click here for a list of OCMD restaurants providing carry-out and/or delivery.
I have a second home/property at the beach, is it OK for me to visit at this time?
At this time, you should only travel to Ocean City if doing so would not be in violation of your state restrictions.
Is swimming in the ocean permitted once the beach re-opens?
Lifeguards will be on duty beginning Saturday, May 23, 2020. Prior to the lifeguards taking the stands, as with previous years, we do not encourage anyone to go into the ocean when lifeguards are not on duty.
Are out of town visitors welcome to visit Ocean City now that the beach and boardwalk are reopening on May 9?
At this time, you should only travel to Ocean City if doing so would not be in violation of what your state restrictions are. Many other governors in the country/region still have stay-at-home orders in place as well.
Additionally, the lodging restrictions that Ocean City issued for hotels and short-term rentals are still in effect until May 22, 2020. This date will be revised if Governor Hogan lifts the Stay-At-Home order as part of phase one of his Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery.
Is Ocean City Safe? What is Ocean City/businesses doing to mitigate the spread?
We understand the concerns regarding your safety while visiting Ocean City and its businesses. The health and safety of Ocean City’s residents, visitors, and employees are our number one priority. We are encouraging each individual to practice social distancing guidelines and adhere to gathering limits.
We can assure you that we are working closely with our partners in the business community, including hotel owners, during these unprecedented times and are communicating to them how crucial it is to adhere to operational guidelines described by the CDC. If you are concerned about what a specific business is doing in regards to mitigating the spread of COVID-19, we encourage you to reach out to them directly.
When will bars and restaurants open up again for full service?
Restaurants and bars will reopen under the authority of the state. Unfortunately, we do not have a date for reopening. Right now, restaurants are open for carry-out and delivery (if available).
If I cancel my trip, can I get a refund?
The refund policy will depend on where you are staying (i.e., hotel, motel, condo, etc.). While we encourage businesses to refund visitors in emergency situations like this, we do not have any control in their final decision.
For private Town events and conventions, any client wishing to voluntarily cancel their event due to concerns about the virus will be able to do so without penalty.
Is senior week still going to occur in Ocean City?
Senior week is not an official event in Ocean City therefore it is up to the individuals personal preference whether they still want to come or not. The Play It Safe events for 2020 Seniors have been cancelled for this year.
Will any events be rescheduled now that the beach and boardwalk is reopening? Will Ocean City continue to cancel large events? What is the plan for Fourth of July?
Events that have been canceled will remain canceled as groups of 10 or more are still restricted due to social distancing guidelines. We will continue to assess future event cancellations based on the different phases of Maryland’s Roadmap to Recovery. For a detailed list of event cancellations/postponements, visit ococean.com/events or oceancitymd.gov/oc/coronavirus-information.
Where can I find information about fishing, boating, and other outdoor activities?
Effective May 7, 2020 Governor Hogan amended his stay-at-home order to allow for individual and small group sports such as golfing and tennis, outdoor fitness instruction, recreational fishing and hunting, recreational boating, and others.
What is the Town doing about the J1 Exchange Visitor Program?
The J1 Exchange Visitor Program is overseen by the Department of State and will be held to the same national/international travel regulations as all other travelers. Although these are uncertain times, the Town is working closely with the Seasonal Workforce Committee to protect the health and safety of participants, host companies and residents and visitors of Ocean City.
What number can I call for more information?
The Town of Ocean City has an informational call center open Monday-Friday from 9am to 5pm. For questions or concerns, please call 410.520.5279. In addition, please continue to visit: http://www.oceancitymd.gov/COVID19.
The Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association is advising their members to follow the American Hotel & Lodging Association and the National Restaurant Association guidelines. The hospitality industry has always been about providing the best experience possible for visitors. We want them to visit to escape their stress. Therefore, ensuring guests feel clean and comfortable is of paramount importance to our industry.
- National Restaurant Association – COVID-19 Reopening Guidance
- Ten Steps All Workplaces Can Take to Reduce Risk of Exposure to Coronavirus
- Resuming Operations: Cleaning and disinfection guidance for hospitality to safeguard employees and guests against COVID-19