CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

Mayor Passes Declaration Requiring Face Coverings on the Boardwalk From 8 a.m. to 2 a.m.

VIEW DECLARATION   l   VIEW PRESS RELEASE

TOWN SERVICES & EVENTS


TOWN SERVICES:

Effective at 5:00 p.m. on July 31, 2020: All persons over the age of 5 years old are required to wear a Face Covering when they are attending or participating in any Town of Ocean City Special Event, indoor or outdoor.

OPEN FOR PUBLIC USE (At this time public restrooms will not be available at the locations listed below. You must continue to practice physical distancing)

  • Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum  
  • Parks
  • Dog Playground 
  • Tennis Courts
  • Pickleball Court
  • Racquetball Court
  • Eagle’s Landing Golf Course
  • Ocean Bowl Skate Park
  • Basketball Courts
  • Playgrounds
  • Pavilions
  • Outdoor Fitness Area
  • Northside Park Recreation Building east lobby is open for business transactions

CLOSED OR SUSPENDED

  • Ocean City Boardwalk Tram – Closed for the season
  • Ocean City Bus Service – Due to Coronavirus COVID-19, use of Ocean City public transit is for essential travel only. Facial coverings are required to ride and must be worn at all times. Physical distancing is strongly recommended. Failure to comply may result in trip denial or removal from the bus. Hand wipes are available for your convenience and use. Ride at your own risk.
  • Roland E. Powell Convention Center & Visitors Center – Closed
  • Public access to City Hall, the Convention Center – Closed until further notice 
  • 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

The Ocean is open and we are excited to keep Ocean City moving forward, while continuing 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 7-31-20)

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. Additionally, Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan passed a declaration requiring face coverings on the Boardwalk between the hours of 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. for anyone over the age of five. Anyone eating or drinking on the Boardwalk is permitted to temporarily remove his or her mask.

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.

How is the OCPD enforcing masks on the Boardwalk?

The Ocean City Police Department’s primary goal is the public education of the Governor’s Executive Orders and the Mayor’s Declarations. In regards to enforcement of masks on the Boardwalk, officers will first educate visitors on the declaration and voluntary compliance is expected. If there is no compliance then it will be considered a violation of the Governor’s Orders and a penalty of a misdemeanor.

What is currently open to visitors in Ocean City?

Below is an overview of what you can expect when visiting Ocean City this summer. 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 on duty daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. throughout the summer. As with previous years, we do not encourage anyone to go into the ocean when lifeguards are not on duty. Beach rental services are available. In addition, visitors are permitted to bring chairs, blankets, umbrellas and canopies to lounge on the beach, as long as the lifeguard stand view is not obstructed.

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 and amusements such as park rides, miniature golf, go-kart tracks, arcades and casinos are now open.

Swimming Pools

Outdoor pools are permitted to open at 50% capacity, but we recommend calling your accommodations ahead of time to see if they have opened their outdoor pool and what their restrictions are. All outdoor pools may reopen with strict safety guidelines, including limited capacity, strict physical distancing, sanitization measures and more.

Retail

Retail stores and malls, as well as grocery stores, banks, salons, and others are open. As outlined by the State of Maryland, these businesses must follow proper distancing, sanitation, and hygiene guidelines in place, and in-store capacity will be limited to 50% until further notice.

Gyms

Gyms and other studio fitness activities are permitted to open at 50% 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.

Will any events be rescheduled now that the beach and boardwalk are open? Will Ocean City continue to cancel large events?

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

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. They are also offering flexible cancellation policies for future/summer 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.

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. As of July 31 at 5 p.m., anyone over the age of five is required to wear face coverings in the public spaces of all businesses across the state, as well as in outdoor public areas whenever it is not possible to maintain physical distancing.

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. 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. 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.