Businesses react to OC BikeFest and Delmarva Bike Week Postponement due to COVID-19
DELMARVA- Wednesday, the team for OC BikeFest and Delmarva Bike Week announced that this year’s events won’t be happening due to COVID-19.
They said there was too much uncertainty with how things would operate.
“A lot of the bars and restaurants are open in Ocean City, but they’re 50 percent, to draw a large crowd like that we just felt the experience would be effected greatly,” Chase Micheal, Marketing
and Sponsorship Director for OC BikeFest and Delmarva Bike Week, said.
OC BikeFest and Delmarva Bike Week are known to draw a lot of people to Ocean City, bringing big business.
“One of the best things about the event is the amount of business it brings to the hotels, the bars, the restaurants, and all the things that go along with it,” Micheal said.
But now with the events not happening, some businesses worry about the financial hit they could take.
“It’s gonna probably bring sales down anywhere from 30 to 50 percent, I mean we are already having a bad year because of what’s going on,” Phil Houck, owner of Bull on the Beach and Crab Alley Restaurant, said.
“It is a very difficult time to be in business and our hearts go out to business owners,” Susan Jones, Executive Director of the Ocean City Hotel Motel and Restaurant Association, said.
Jones said even though the bike events are postponed to next year she hopes some bikers will still come to the shore and support local businesses.
“We want them to come, they’re an awesome source of business and we really do hope that they come and support us,” Jones said.
Although this years events didn’t go as planned, Micheal said they will come back even stronger next year.
“We’ll make sure that it’s bigger and better and hopefully we can bring some new things into it as well,” Micheal said.
We are told that more information will be released on August 5th when it comes to refunds for ticket holders, and Micheal said they will hopefully have the music line up for 2021 on that day as well.