- COVID-19 FAQs
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.
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. You are not required to wear a mask on the beach as long as you maintain at least six feet of distance from individuals who are not members of your household.
INDOORS: All customers over the age of nine are required to wear face coverings while inside the enclosed area of any retail establishment or foodservice establishment.
SPECIAL EVENTS: All persons over the age of 5 years old are required to wear a mask when they are attending or participating in any Town of Ocean City Special Event, indoor or outdoor.
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 Mayor's Declaration and a penalty of a misdemeanor.
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.
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.
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.
Outdoor activities and amusements such as park rides, miniature golf, go-kart tracks, arcades and casinos are now open.
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 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 and other studio fitness activities are permitted to open at 50% capacity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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