Ocean City, Maryland 21842

COVID-19 FAQs

Is the beach and/or Boardwalk open to visitors?

The beach and Boardwalk in Ocean City are open to visitors. Restaurants on the Boardwalk are open for outdoor dining, carryout, or delivery. Please call ahead of your visit to confirm if they are offering outdoor dining or to further discuss the precautionary measures they are taking. As outlined in the Governor’s Stage One recovery plan, retail stores may also reopen in a limited capacity as long as they are able to adhere to the guidelines. For more information on business operations, please reach out to each respective business prior to your visit.

Visitors are permitted to bring chairs or blankets and lounge on the beach. Beach rental services will be available. However, we continue to encourage residents and visitors to practice health and safety guidelines while in Ocean City, including physical distancing and avoiding gatherings of more than ten people.

Are masks required while on the Boardwalk and beach?

There is no requirement in the State of Maryland to wear masks outdoors in public at this time. We encourage people to wear masks in public if they feel it’s necessary, though it will not be required.

Are restaurants still open in Ocean City, Maryland?

Ocean City restaurants are open for carryout or delivery, and are allowed to serve in outdoor dining spaces. Requirements include appropriately-distanced table seating, proper sanitation and other precautionary measures. Please call ahead of your visit to confirm if they are offering outdoor dining or to further discuss the precautionary measures they are taking.

Are businesses still open in Ocean City?

Essential services, including grocery stores and banks, remain open, and restaurants are open for outdoor dining, carryout, or delivery. Click here for a list of OCMD restaurants providing carryout and/or delivery, and give your favorite spot a call to see if they have outdoor dining available, or to see what precautionary measures they are taking. As outlined in the Governor’s Stage One recovery plan, retail stores may also begin to reopen in a limited capacity, as long as they are able to adhere to the guidelines.

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. We can’t wait to see you at the beach!

Is swimming in the ocean permitted since the beach is now open?

Lifeguards will be on duty beginning Saturday, May 23, 2020 at 10 a.m., and will be 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.

Are out of town visitors welcome to visit Ocean City now that the beach and boardwalk are open?

At this time, we are open and welcoming visitors. Personal responsibility and doing what is comfortable for you and your family will continue to be of great importance when considering a visit to Ocean City.

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 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.

I have a second home/property at the beach, is it OK for me to visit at this time? When can I rent my property to someone else?

The lodging restriction on hotels and short-term rentals has been lifted as of 5 p.m. on May 14, 2020, and hotels, motels, condo-hotels and rental properties are now open to the general public. However, personal responsibility and doing what is comfortable for you and your family will continue to be of great importance as you decide when you would like to travel to Ocean City. While you here, we encourage you to continue practicing health and safety guidelines, including physical distancing and avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people.

Is Ocean City safe? What are businesses doing to take extra precaution?

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.

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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