Ocean City Air Show begins Saturday
OCEAN CITY, Md. – Ocean City Air Show organizers are making sure that people can both enjoy the air show and stay safe from COVID-19. Normally there would be a premium viewing area where people gather to see the show. But this year it’ll just remain open to the public. Organizers say that despite that – there’s still plenty to be excited about.
That includes the air show being live streamed online – and a line-up that is sure to please flight fanatics. “The lineup this year is the first time that the entire Air Force lineup is all in one place. The Thunderbirds, the F-35s, the F-22s, the A-10 – are all going to fly out as well as some other aircraft,” said Ocean City Director for Special Events Frank Miller.
But with that excitement – comes all the caution and planning that is necessary amid the COVID-19 pandemic. This year there will be no premium viewing area or show center on the beach. Organizers say that won’t stop people from seeing a fantastic sight flying overhead. “That in itself allows people to be socially distant and you can see the show from virtually anywhere on the beach or anywhere on the boardwalk. You don’t necessarily have to be confined in one particular area,” said Ocean City Air Show Director of Public Relations Chris Dirato.
Of course – social distancing is being encouraged and masks are required on the boardwalk. Dirato says that they’ve been working closely with the Worcester County Health Department to make sure they’re doing what they can to keep people safe. “We abided by what we needed to do, both from the town of Ocean City as well as the CDC guidelines,” said Dirato.
Plus – the town of Ocean City says police officers will be on hand as usual. Officers will even be offering masks to those who need one. “We will have police out and on patrol. We do have police helping to educate the public in terms of wearing masks on the boardwalk. If they don’t have masks, we do offer them up the little blue masks,” said Miller.
Sky box and penthouse tickets are still available for purchase. Miller says that if you want to avoid big crowds but still see the show – you can come watch the live rehearsal on Friday.
The Air Show will begin at noon on Saturday, August 15th. The event will wrap up on Sunday.