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

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


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.

Governor Hogan Lifting Stay at Home Order


9 Comments on this Post

  1. Eileen OToole

    I don’t understand why renters can’t get a refund. There is nothing for the kids, no restaurants open etc
    Yet we are being forced to go or lose our money!

  2. Ron Bowen

    When do Beaches open and are there any restrictions?

    • Jessica Bauer

      Beaches are open now.

      • Ron Bowen

        Thank you. Are there any restrictions? My wife and I are planning to go to the condo for Memorial Day Weekend. Can we take our Beach Chairs & Lunch and set up on the Beach for the day or are Beaches open for walking/jogging only?

        • Jessica Bauer

          You can sit on the beach.

        • Is there a restriction on tents? OC NJ just started one. 10×10 is too big and they have to be 6 feet from the dunes.

  3. Shideh Bina

    Does the limit of 10 people apply to rentals?

  4. Joe Hurley

    Ms. Bauer, what is the status of mini-golf courses and other similar attractions in Ocean City? And are the seafood markets open? these are the two big things I come for — mini-golf and crabs! I had a wonderful long weekend there (Fri-Tues) two weekends after Labor Day last year and hope to make a repeat visit around the same time this year. Fingers crossed that all the “fun stuff” will be up and running!


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