Ocean City looks to reopen beach and boardwalk May 9th

OCEAN CITY, Md. – The Mayor of Ocean City has issued an emergency declaration to reopen the town’s beach, boardwalk and inlet parking lot this weekend.

The declaration is set to take effect Saturday, May 9th, 2020.

According to two council members, the beach will reopen to everyone, not just locals, in what they’re calling a baby step.

We’re told people will be able take a stroll, sit on the benches and get carry out as long as they’re practicing social distancing. Masks will also be optional since people are not supposed to be closer than six feet.

Jessica Waters, the Communications Manager for the Town of Ocean City, said this declaration does not violate the governor’s orders.

On Monday night, we asked councilwoman Mary Knight if she’s afraid of people from out of state flocking the beaches and she told us she’s not.  She says the beaches have been open to resident property owners already and they have been adhering to the social distancing guidelines. She also says since hotels and rentals are closed to non-essential personnel, that there won’t be any place for people from out of state to stay unless they own property in the area.

In a joint statement from Waters and Mike Ricci, the Communications Director for the Office of Governor Larry Hogan, the two said, “This is a way to give nearby residents more opportunities to get outside and enjoy fresh air, while still adhering to social distancing guidelines and gathering limits. The governor’s stay-at-home order remains in effect.”

47ABC will be following up on this story. We will update this article as we learn more.

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