Office of the Mayor – COVID-19

Office of the Mayor – COVID-19


Dear Residents and Visitors:

There is no higher priority to the Town of Ocean City than the health and safety of the people that live here, work here and vacation here. I can assure you that the Town is closely monitoring updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and working closely with our partners at the Worcester County Health Department and the Maryland Department of Health.

Along with carefully monitoring the evolving situation, the Town of Ocean City established an internal preparedness group several weeks ago.  This group has been diligently developing pro-active contingency plans for the Town, including putting strategic procedures in place for our employees and our facilities. While there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ocean City or Worcester County, we are taking every measure necessary to enhance our day-to-day practices in the interest of health and safety. Although no events have been canceled at this time, that could change if developing circumstances warrant us to take further action.

As the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 continues to increase, the most important thing we can do right now is take universal precautions to prevent the spread of illness. Everyday preventative measures recommended by the CDC include the following:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick and stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue away.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched items (door handles) and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.

We encourage our residents and visitors to remain calm and stay informed. Know your risks and refer to the Worcester County Health Department, the Maryland Department of Health and the CDC websites — and — for the latest information on COVID-19. If you have further questions or concerns, the Town of Ocean City will be posting updated information on The situation is rapidly changing, but I assure you that the Town of Ocean City is prepared to navigate through these challenging circumstances with our residents’ and visitors’ health and safety at the forefront.


Rick Meehan, Mayor



4 Comments on this Post

  1. Edward C Markiewicz

    Unfortunately it appears the pressure of local business leaders (not!) put more than enough bad faith in the direction of or liar in chief and you followed with opening the town up to soon. We had to drive down ocean highway this past Saturday the 16th to remove our yacht from Sunset Marina after being there 9 years and what we saw was disgusting. No social distancing, no wearing of masks no consideration for the health of their fellow man – we made the correct decision to move our yacht and family out of OC for good. The trip up the coast to Indian River was video taped by my co-owner and our mate at the ridiculous number of people on the beaches not abiding by any good sense. The fall out among these people will certainly generate more illness and death so you can congratulate those business owners that shouted and stomped their feet like children for getting what they wanted – what a shame we adults have forgotten how to be adults and to be responsible for our actions and to use common sense rather then demand we get spoiled. My co-owner is a OC volunteer fireman and he’s considering a personal suit against OC if he comes down with Covid19 – as most VOLUNTEERS should.

  2. Brent Curd

    Hey Rick,abou
    Once again I see what a great amount of political power you have.
    The town is starving but I see you are doing what you do best,NOTHING!
    Though not a resident,I am very concerned that your lack of urgency to
    help our friends and neighbors maintain their businesses.
    Brent Curd

  3. James Kayler

    Well, how does it feel that positive ocean city covid cases have increased 160% since you gave in to the benjamin$. Health of the residents- hell no. Dollars – hell yes. How do you look in the mirror each day? Do you receive kickbacks from the business community? Get a backbone and govern like a leader should. Stop being a shill for businesses.

  4. Richard R Marchesiello

    There is absolutely no excuse for not requiring masks on the boardwalk in Ocean City as Bethany and Rehoboth have done. If the slight inconvenience could save one life, it would be worthwhile. Instead it could save many and is doubly thoughtless since the thousands of people visiting this holiday weekend will return to other parts of Maryland and could be the cause of the State partially reclosing as has occurred in Florida and Texas. Shame!


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