Additional Answers to May 9 Opening

Additional Answers to May 9 Opening


May 9th Opening Inclusions and Exclusions

Beach, Boardwalk, and Inlet Parking are Open

Many outlets have been reporting on the early reversal of some of Ocean City’s restrictions, but questions about the new Declaration  have come up. Below we have the New Declaration from the Mayor’s office of Ocean City. It does state the new date for the beach, boardwalk, and inlet parking to open. The accompanying notification also says it does not supersede any Executive Orders from Governor Hogan. We asked for additional clarity to help understand the new guidelines.

We did reach out to the Town for further clarity to help everyone navigate through the new orders. The following items should be advised:

  • Ocean City is not giving permission to people to come to Ocean City. If non-residents are here, they may use the beach, boardwalk, and inlet parking lot when it is open.
  • Lodging is still for essential workers only. Current restrictions to lodging are to be lifted May 22.
  • The pet policy for Ocean City started May 1. This means no pets on the beach or boardwalk until October 1.
  • Anyone in a pay-to-park space throughout the town will need to pay for the time used. Kiosks were covered during the closure, but will now be ready for use on May 9. For more about parking in Ocean City click here.

Here is the notification sent out from the Town of Ocean City:

Mayor Opens Beach, Boardwalk & Inlet Parking Lot on May 9

Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan announced Monday that he intends to lift the Mayoral Declaration on May 9, allowing the opening of the beach, Boardwalk & Inlet Parking Lot. This is a way to give individuals more opportunities to get outside, exercise and enjoy fresh air, while still adhering to physical distancing guidelines and gathering limits. This does not supersede any Executive Order made by the Governor, including the closure of non-essential businesses. Maryland’s Stay-At-Home order remains in effect.

Declaration is available online:


7 Comments on this Post

  1. Really confused why the Mayor would not keep in place wearing a MASK as we are still in danger of passing this Coronavirus. Mayor say owners only allowed in OC..but open inlet parking & boardwalk with NO MASK is asking for trouble and spreading the Coronavirus as all visitors/tourists will slam OC thinking we’re back to normal but really not!! Continue to worry as owners!

  2. Joyce Palmer

    This still needs clarification. Maryland’s Stay at Home order is still in effect, BUT if nonresidents are there, they may use the beach, boardwalk, and Inlet parking lot.? How can one stay at home and still use the beach, boardwalk, and parking lot?

  3. Money grabber Mayor of O C you play with people’s live’s .When folks catch this germ-war fare are you going to pay for there heatlh costs? I don’t think so you better then the govner of Maryland.Your shop’s and hotel’s will not be safe.You got a lot to Learn.I’ll stay home were I will hopefully be safe.How did you push this thru after city meeting?

  4. Bill Strickland

    I am curious! Delaware has Golf Courses open and functioning under COVID-19 provisions to the following:
    No Carts – walking only
    No Foursome’s
    Space between hole and 6’ between two man partners
    No congregation in or around club houses, or parking lots.

    Could this occur in OC and its various courses. This would include Tennis as well.
    I work at a course and many of the people who know me and where I work as me daily when will golf return.
    Note: I back The Mayor and his decisions. I hope we can return to some normalcy.

  5. Deborah

    We are coming in for 7 nights may 23, so what will be open at the beach

  6. Evanette Evans Olsen

    This is ridiculous….no accountability and putting everyone in jeopardy extending the possibility of contamination…..maybe if you had not announced the opening of the beach , you would have had some ignorant people but now you’ve opened the damn in direct ( you were well aware of the consequences) opposite of STAY AT HOME order … should be locked up….obviously you haven’t lost or had anyone that has contracted the virus …..while thousands of people have suffered and saw some hope in the horizon……

  7. Jim Laity

    This is a terrible idea by the mayor. We are already seeing more and more out of state license plates and opening the beaches and boardwalk will only encourage this trend. Saying the mayor is not encouraging visitors is meaningless if he allows them to use the beach and boardwalk. Many of OC’s permanent residents are retired seniors and thus highly vulnerable. While the absolute case count in Worcester County is still relatively low it is rising rapidly and indirectly encouraging an inflow of visitors from DC, Baltimore, and Philadelphia could easily cause it to skyrocket. Worst of all, because of the delay between exposure and diagnosis, we will not even know this is happening until it is too late to stop. This is exactly what happened in New York. Mr Mayor, please have the wisdom and foresight to protect the citizens who are counting on you now, before it is too late. History and your own conscience will judge you harshly if you fail in this most critical test of your administration.


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