Ocean City lifts local mask mandate, asking boardwalk visitors to follow governor’s order
OCEAN CITY, Md. – The town of Ocean City will no longer be requiring people to wear masks on the boardwalk. The council voted to approve the decision today. However, it’s important to point out that Maryland Governor Larry Hogan’s statewide mask mandate is in effect. “I think that the overall consensus of the council was that the governor’s restrictions would be restrictive enough. The local mandate was lifted, and now the Ocean City boardwalk will continue to fall under the governor’s restrictions,” said Ocean City Communications Manager Jessica Waters.
Waters says that people should still follow the state mandate and wear a mask when social distancing is not possible. “We still hope people will take the mask requirement seriously, continue to protect themselves and those around them. For the last several months we had an additional restriction that required masks on the boardwalk from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m,” said Waters.
Waters tells 47ABC that the town’s decision comes as the busy season is ending. She says councilmembers feel it’s much easier to social distance on the boardwalk this time of year. “I think people should treat the boardwalk like they treat any other place that they go, whether you’re in the grocery store, or school, or wherever you are, wearing a mask is an important way to not only protect yourself, but protect those around you,” said Waters.