Ocean City allows hotels to reopen without restrictions

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Ocean City, MDMayor Rick Meehan announced the lifting of short-term rental restrictions effective at 5 p.m. today.

The move comes as Delaware Gov. John Carney announced the reopening of the state’s beaches for Memorial Day weekend. However, hotels and other short-term (Airbnb) rentals will not reopen.

Meehan had reopened the beach and boardwalk in Ocean City last weekend.

Beaches in Delaware will not be open to out of state residents. Delaware is still dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak within inland areas of Sussex County, home to the state’s ocean beaches.

“Following Governor Hogan’s lifting of the Stay-At-Home order, the Town of Ocean City will be lifting lodging restrictions on short-term rentals effective Thursday, May 14 at 5 p.m.,” Mayor Meehan stated. “The Town is currently working with the Hotel Motel Restaurant Association and Chamber of Commerce to ensure we follow stage one of the Maryland Strong Roadmap to Recovery and Back to Business Pledge.

Lodging had been limited to essential personnel.

“Meehan continued, “We encourage residents and visitors to follow health and safety guidelines, including physical distancing and gathering limits. Personal responsibility and individual comfort levels are incredibly important to exercise during each phase of recovery. Each and every one of us has an obligation to exercise personal responsibility to protect our families, our friends, our co-workers, and neighbors, so as a community we keep Ocean City moving forward.”

Those visiting Ocean City will still find restaurants closed, with service limited to carry-outs.

Click on the following link for the declaration. https://oceancitymd.gov/oc/coronavirus-information/

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