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 More information on: Restaurants, Youth Sports, Youth Day Camps and Outdoor Pools can be found on the State of Maryland website:  https://governor.maryland.gov/2020/05/27/governor-hogan-announces-resumption-of-outdoor-dining-additional-activities-to-complete-stage-one-of-recovery/

TOWN SERVICES:

  • Ocean City Recreation & Parks Main Building at Northside Park – Open for registration and other business transactions. (face-coverings are required)
  • Ocean Bowl Skate Park – Open to annual passholders at this time.
  • 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 – 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
  • 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 (annual passholders are allowed), Northside Park Recreational Building (open for registration & business transactions), and Northside Park Outdoor Fitness Area

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.

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

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.

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