Ocean City Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Page

Are face coverings mandatory? 
The governor’s Executive Order No. 122 makes it mandatory to wear cloth face coverings/masks inside any retail establishment or restaurant (for takeout). 
The governor’s Executive Order No. 163 makes it mandatory to wear a face covering outdoors when social distancing cannot be maintained, except with family, household members, caretakers, or romantic partners, except when exercising, except when eating or drinking at outdoor dining spaces, except when under the age of two, except when wearing a face covering would pose a health risk.
Am I allowed to be on the beach? 
The beach is open. The Ocean City Beach Patrol is guarding the ocean (see list of guarded beaches). As per the governor’s guidelines, please maintain six feet of space between others. Avoid large groups. Masks or face coverings are recommended. Tents and canopies will not be permitted on the beaches between First Street and 10th Street. Revised regulations now allow them on other beaches.


Am I allowed to be on the boardwalk? 

The boardwalk is open. Please avoid social gathering and respect social distancing guidelines. Public restrooms on the boardwalk are open and being sanitized throughout the day. Hand sanitization stations have been installed at regular intervals along the boardwalk. See boardwalk bicycling hours

What is social distancing? 
People need to stay at least six feet apart when possible. Small groups of family members and people with close personal relationships are allowed.  People or groups are permitted to pass each other on sidewalks and streets.  
Are restaurants allowed to be open? 
All can remain open for their normal business hours, but must continue to be delivery and/ or takeout only. Outdoor dining at restaurants is permitted if social distancing can be maintained.
Are short-term rentals and hotel stays permitted? 
The lodging of seasonal tenants and transient guests are now permitted. See information on disinfecting protocols.