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Ocean City Hotels Open Tonight; Restaurants Remain Take-Out Only

If you are in Ocean City this week, you may notice a couple of changes as you drive down Coastal Highway. The speed limit, normally 40 mph through North Ocean City, has been reduced to 30 mph, and Downtown, the speed limit has also been reduced. This is due to the expected, unauthorized H2Oi Pop-Up Rally.  It is reasonable to expect heavier than usual traffic, noise and strict enforcement of vehicle laws during the week and weekend.

Ocean City Opens Hotels

Restaurants Remain Take-out & Delivery Only


Update on 5/18/2020

(May 14, 2020) During a zoom meeting today, the Mayor and City Council of Ocean City met to discuss the re-opening of some businesses which would  not conflict with Governor Hogan’s Order detailed in yesterday’s press conference.  The following information was provided:

  • Hotels and all lodging establishments including vacation rentals will open tonight at 5pm
  • Some swimming pools are able to open. Swimming pools that are classified as semi-public can open. To know what classifies a pool as semi public please click here.
  • Those traveling from outside of Ocean City and Maryland no longer need to quarantine for 14 days
  • Restaurants remain open for take-out and delivery only.  The Mayor is sending a letter to the Governor to ask for guidance as to when restaurants can open outside eating areas.
  • Retail establishments are opening at 50% capacity, masks are required
  • Masks are also required when using the 3 open comfort stations on the Boardwalk.
  • Gatherings of more than 10 people are NOT PERMITTED

Worcester County met to discuss lodging as well on the same day, and they too have decided to open lodging starting tonight. This means West Ocean City Hotels are available too.

The Governor’s office gave interpretive guidance on what the Executive Order’s amendment now allows to open. Here is that list:

    1. Animal adoption shelters.
    2. Art galleries.
    3. Bookstores.
    4. Car washes.
    5. Clothing and shoe stores.
    6. Florists.
    7. Furniture stores.
    8. Jewelers.
    9. Lawn and garden stores.
    10. Pawn shops.
    11. Pet groomers.
    12. Sporting goods stores.
    13. Tobacco and vape shops.

Retailers like the above may be open, but at 50% capacity and social distancing and masks are advised. Malls remain closed except for stores with external entrances.  Some stores on the boardwalk and in Ocean City are now open and customers are returning.

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