Ocean City, MD closes boardwalk, beach and asks visitors to stay away

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Aerial view of Ocean City, Maryland. Ocean City, MD is one of the most popular beach resorts on the East Coast. iStock photo.

The Ocean City, MD  Mayor and City Council agreed to close  Ocean City’s beach and boardwalk. The decision came in an emergency meeting.

Effective at 5 p.m. today, the beach and Boardwalk in Ocean City will be closed due to the rapid spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Ocean City is also discouraging visits from part-time residents using their second homes.

The closing will remain in effect through April 15. Restaurants on the boardwalk will be allowed to remain open for carryout service only.

On Saturday, Delaware Gov. John Carney ordered the closing of beaches in the state, with residents having the option of walking on the beach.

However, Rehoboth Beach and other municipalities have barred all access. Fenwick Island, next to Ocean City, ordered a total ban.

The closing came after an influx of visitors to Rehoboth’s beach and the boardwalk not following social distancing guidelines.

“The number one priority of the Mayor and City Council is to protect our citizens and employees,” stated Mayor Rick Meehan. “We are facing an invisible threat and we are the carriers of this potentially deadly virus. At this time, we continue to request that visitors postpone traveling to Ocean City and that our non-resident property owners refrain from traveling to Ocean City as well. The safest place for everyone right now is in their own home.”

Only residents who reside within the corporate limits of the Town of Ocean will be allowed to walk their dogs or exercise on the beach or Boardwalk in groups of no more than two adults and children at any time. Social distancing will remain a requirement. This will remain in effect until which time it is abused or ignored.

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