OC Drops Boardwalk Mask Mandate


The Town of Ocean City has lifted its outdoor mask mandate, which required that masks be worn on the Boardwalk and in other outdoor public places.

The action is being taken following Governor Larry Hogan’s announcement Wednesday that masks and face coverings were no longer required outdoors.

“Throughout the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ocean City has continued to closely follow guidance from the CDC and the State of Maryland, and has even exceeded state mandates,” Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan said. “Gov. Hogan has lifted the mandate requiring that masks be worn outdoors, effective immediately. To remain consistent in following the state’s guidance, Ocean City will no longer require masks to be worn in outside public areas, including on the Boardwalk. As Gov. Hogan announced on April 28, with improved health metrics and expanded vaccination availability, we are optimistic that we will continue taking steps toward a full recovery from the pandemic.”

Visitors to the boardwalk and other outside locations in Ocean City who are not yet vaccinated are strongly encouraged tocontinue wearing masks, especially when physical distancing is not possible.