Ocean City, Maryland 21842

COVID-19 FAQs

Experience the summer and fall seasons on the coast of Ocean City, Maryland. We are excited to welcome you to OC to make happy memories, but ask that you continue to follow the rules and guidelines outlined by the CDC and State of Maryland. Personal responsibility and doing what is comfortable for you and your family will continue to be of great importance during your trip. While you’re here, we encourage you to continue practicing health and safety guidelines, including physical distancing.

Are masks required in Ocean City?

We’re asking everyone to continue practicing physical distancing, and please follow all of the rules and guidelines we have in place. You can’t press pause on safety while you’re on vacation. By being just a little extra cautious, you’ll help keep the town, yourself, and your family healthy and happy moving forward.

Masks and face coverings are no longer required for all Marylanders outdoors or indoors at public businesses (effective May 15.)

Private businesses and workplaces are free to put in place their own policies or guidelines. In alignment with CDC guidance, face coverings will still be required on public transportation. Marylanders who are not yet vaccinated are strongly encouraged to continue wearing masks, especially when physical distancing can not be maintained. 

What is currently open to visitors in Ocean City?

Below is an overview of what you can expect when visiting Ocean City. Please reach out to each respective business prior to your visit for safety precautions and hours of operation.

Beach & Boardwalk

The beach and Boardwalk in Ocean City are open to visitors. As with previous years, we do not encourage anyone to go into the ocean when lifeguards are not on duty.

Restaurants

Ocean City restaurants and buffets are open and offering outdoor and indoor dining at full capacity.

Amusements & Entertainment

Outdoor activities such as miniature golf are open. Indoor activities and amusements such as movie theaters, casinos, and bowling alleys are permitted to open at full capacity. Conventions, concerts and outdoor entertainment are permitted to open at full capacity (effective May 15.) We recommend calling ahead to confirm hours, as some businesses may have adjusted hours.

Salons & Gyms

Salons, gyms and other studio fitness activities are permitted to open at full capacity.

Retail

Retail stores, malls, and others are now permitted to open at full capacity with physical distancing protocols still in place.

Religious Facilities

Churches and other similar religious facilities are permitted to open at full capacity.

Have transportation schedules and guidelines been adjusted due to COVID-19?

Individuals should use discretion and ride at their own risk. We ask that you please practice physical distancing and understand that facial coverings are required to ride. Passengers must be seated, not standing, and disinfectant wipes will be available for use on buses. For more information and to check modified bus hours, please visit the Getting Around OCMD page or view the 2021 Transportation Schedule.

Will upcoming large events be subject to cancellation?

We will continue to assess future event postponements or cancellations, and will align our event decisions with Governor Hogan’s phased approach in his Roadmap to Recovery. Events that have been canceled will remain canceled at this time. For a detailed list of current event postponements or cancellations, visit ococean.com/events.

Can visitors travel from out-of-state to Ocean City?

The restrictions on out-of-state travel have been lifted, but individuals are encouraged to get tested when returning to their original destination.

What is the cancellation/refund policy on hotels and short-term rentals?

Our hotels and short-term rentals are open and accepting reservations. Many are also offering flexible cancellation policies for future trips. It’s important to note that the refund/cancellation policy for any upcoming reservation may vary based on where you are planning to stay, so we encourage you to contact the business directly to inquire about cancellation policies and terms. Masks are required in hotel lobbies and all public areas.

Is Ocean City practicing safe social distancing guidelines? What are businesses doing to take extra precautions?

We understand the concerns regarding your safety while visiting Ocean City and its businesses. The health and safety of Ocean City’s residents, visitors, and employees are our number one priority. We are encouraging each individual to practice social distancing guidelines and adhere to the rules and guidelines outlined by the CDC and the State of Maryland.

We can assure you that we are working closely with our partners in the business community, including hotel owners, during these unprecedented times and are communicating to them how crucial it is to adhere to operational guidelines described by the CDC. If you are concerned about what a specific business is doing in regards to mitigating the spread of COVID-19, we encourage you to reach out to them directly.

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) REMINDER:

Ocean City, Maryland is committed to your health & safety. The Town has taken several enhanced measures for you, your family and other visitors of our resort community. Following physical distancing and gathering limit guidelines is highly recommended in all public spaces in Ocean City.

When you're ready, your happy place will be here waiting for you! Just remember to pack your patience while local businesses may experience limited staffing, and follow suggested safety guidelines as we welcome visitors back to our beloved beach town. 

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