CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

With the crisp ocean air and fewer crowds this time of year, fall and winter are beautiful times to visit Ocean City. We are excited to welcome you back to your happy place, but ask that you continue to follow the rules and guidelines outlined by the CDC and State of Maryland. Personal responsibility and doing what is comfortable for you and your family will continue to be of great importance during your trip. While you’re here, we encourage you to continue practicing health and safety guidelines, including physical distancing.

(updated 10-1-20)

Are masks required in Ocean City?

We’re asking everyone to continue practicing physical distancing, and please follow all of the rules and guidelines we have in place. You can’t press pause on safety while you’re on vacation. By being just a little extra cautious, you’ll help keep the town, yourself, and your family healthy and happy moving forward.

OUTDOORS: Masks are required across the State of Maryland in outdoor public areas when it is not possible to maintain physical distancing for visitors and residents over the age of five.

INDOORS: All customers over the age of five are required to wear face coverings at all times while inside the public spaces of all businesses, except when consuming food or drink.

What is currently open to visitors in Ocean City?

Below is an overview of what you can expect when visiting Ocean City. Please reach out to each respective business prior to your visit for safety precautions and hours of operation.

Beach & Boardwalk

The beach and Boardwalk in Ocean City are open to visitors. Lifeguards are off duty until May 2021. As with previous years, we do not encourage anyone to go into the ocean when lifeguards are not on duty.

Restaurants

Ocean City restaurants are open and offering outdoor and indoor dining at 50% capacity. At this time, buffets are not permitted, nor are any self-service operations.

Amusements & Entertainment

Outdoor activities such as miniature golf are now open. Indoor activities and amusements such as movie theaters, casinos, and bowling alleys are permitted to open at 50% capacity. We recommend calling ahead to confirm hours, as some businesses may have adjusted hours for the fall and winter.

Salons & Gyms

Salons, gyms and other studio fitness activities are permitted to open at 50% capacity.

Retail

Retail stores, malls, and others are now permitted to open at 75% capacity as outlined in the State of Maryland’s Phase 3 Reopening Plan.

Religious Facilities

Churches and other similar religious facilities are permitted to open at 75% capacity.

Have transportation schedules and guidelines been adjusted due to COVID-19?

Individuals should use discretion and ride at their own risk. We ask that you please practice physical distancing and understand that facial coverings are required to ride. Passengers must be seated, not standing, and disinfectant wipes will be available for use on buses. For more information, please visit the Getting Around OCMD page or view the 2020 Transportation Schedule.

Will Ocean City continue to cancel or postpone large events throughout the fall and winter?

We will continue to assess future event postponements or cancellations, and will align our event decisions with Governor Hogan’s phased approach in his Roadmap to Recovery. Events that have been canceled will remain canceled at this time. For a detailed list of current event postponements or cancellations, visit ococean.com/events.

Are hotels and short-term rentals accepting bookings and what is their cancellation/refund policy?

Yes, our hotels and short-term rentals are open and accepting reservations. Many are also offering flexible cancellation policies for future trips during these uncertain times. It’s important to note that the refund/cancellation policy for any upcoming reservation may vary based on where you are planning to stay, so we encourage you to contact the business directly to inquire about cancellation policies and terms. Masks are required in hotel lobbies and all public areas.

Is Ocean City practicing safe social distancing guidelines? What are businesses doing to take extra precautions?

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 the rules and guidelines outlined by the CDC and the State of Maryland.

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.

List of restaurants providing carryout and/or delivery

Download Business Safety Messages

Business Safety Messages

TEMPORARY PERMIT FOR OUTDOOR SEATING – ON PUBLIC PROPERTY (SIDEWALK OR STREET)

TEMPORARY PERMIT FOR OUTDOOR SEATING – ON PUBLIC PROPERTY (SIDEWALK OR STREET) LICENSE AGREEMENT

Permit Application – Temporary Outdoor Seating – Step-by-Step Instructions

Permit Application – Temporary Outdoor Seating

More info: Worcester County Health Department https://www.worcesterhealth.org/


Maryland Best Practices for Businesses to Reopen: RESTAURANTS AND BARS

Maryland Best Practices for Businesses to Reopen:RETAIL 

Maryland Best Practices for Businesses to Reopen: GENERAL BUSINESS BEST PRACTICE 

Governor Order: Amending and Restating the Order of May 13, 2020 Allowing Reopening of Certain Businesses and Facilities, Subject to Local Regulation

Occupancy Calculation Guidance: Governors Order 20-05-13-01

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.

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) REMINDER:

Ocean City, Maryland is committed to your health & safety. The Town has taken several enhanced measures for you, your family and other visitors of our resort community. Following physical distancing and gathering limit guidelines is highly recommended in all public spaces in Ocean City.

Keep in mind, an inherent risk of exposure to Covid-19 exists in any place where people are present. Covid-19 is an extremely contagious virus that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and guests with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable. By visiting Ocean City, Maryland, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to Covid-19. Protect yourself and those around you by practicing good health habits.

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