Ocean City Orders Face Coverings On Boardwalk

When Gov. Larry Hogan’s expanded mask order takes effect at 5 p.m. Friday, masks will be required on the Ocean City Boardwalk as well.

An order from Mayor Rick Meehan will require people wear masks from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. for the next 30 days. After an extensive debate at a town council meeting, lawmakers did not pass a separate ordinance to impose a local fine on top of the misdemeanor charges violators could face under state law.

“Ocean City will continue to take all the actions necessary to keep our residents, staff and visitors safe, as safety is always our top priority,”

Meehan said in a statement.

“We urge everyone to please also continue practicing physical distancing, avoiding large gatherings and take all the same precautions you take at home when you’re visiting Ocean City. Taking these actions seriously and practicing personal responsibility will help us move Ocean City and the rest of the state forward.”

Violations of Gov. Hogan’s order carry up to 90 days in jail or a $1,000 fine. Beachgoers don’t have to wear masks as long as they stay six feet away from other parties, in line with the state order.

Source: WBAL

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