Ocean City is extending the closure of its beach and boardwalk to visitors as officials follow a stay-at-home order from Gov. Larry Hogan, urging people not to travel to the Eastern Shore beach town amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
The Worcester County town’s beach and boardwalk are closed to anyone who lives outside the corporate limits of the Town of Ocean City, according to the mayor and City Council officials.
The closures will remain in effect until at least April 30, officials said Monday. The Inlet Parking Lot will also be closed for the duration of that time.
“Officials are no longer asking visitors and non-resident property owners to stay home, they are directing them not to travel to Ocean City,” officials said in a news release Monday, echoing the governor’s stay-at-home order.
“At this time, we continue to request that visitors postpone traveling to Ocean City and that our non-resident property owners reframe [refrain] from traveling to Ocean City as well,” he added.
For town residents, restaurants on the boardwalk will remain open for carryout orders only and people are asked to limit groups of people to “no more than two adults and children at any time,” the city officials wrote.
Earlier in March, Meehan had urged tourists to stay away from the resort town, but stopped short of closing the beach and boardwalk down.
Gov. Larry Hogan has ordered all bars, restaurants, schools and movie theaters closed and asked residents to avoid group gatherings larger than 10 people in an attempt to stem the spread of the disease.
The governor has also repeatedly taken issue with people treating the shutdown as a sort of extended spring break, again expressing his frustration with uninformed residents on “Meet the Press” Sunday morning.
As of Sunday, there have been at least 244 positive cases of coronavirus in the state, including two in Worcester County.