If this past weekend was test, then Ocean City officials believe they passed with flying colors.
After such a big turnout Saturday and Sunday, the city is now preparing for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. “Ocean City had a really good weekend. We saw a lot of people outside. Obviously the weather has gotten a lot warmer so people were taking advantage of being on the beach and on the boardwalk. It really looked like an ordinary May weekend,” said Tourism Director and Communications Manager Jessica Waters.
Communications Director Jessica Waters says that the city is bringing seasonal police officers and beach patrol will be on duty. They also say they’re installing signs reminding people to social distance and limit gatherings to ten or less. “This year obviously will be a little bit different. Some of our procedures have changed due to the current health crisis, but we have crews that are installing physical distancing signs,” said Waters.
Looking ahead, Waters tells 47ABC despite the ongoing pandemic and the fact the Maryland is only in stage one, that ocean city expects typical Memorial Day Weekend crowds. “We do expect that we’ll have a crowded boardwalk at times, a crowded beach at times, but it’s really up to everybody individually to be responsible for making sure that you’re not only protecting yourself, but you’re protecting those around you,” said Waters.
47ABC also asked Waters if they were concerned about the large crowds they’re anticipating. “There are going to be safety concerns throughout the summer not just this weekend, which is why personal comfort and personal responsibility are going to be extremely important during each recovery phase. Everyone will need to do the right thing for themselves and those around them,” said Waters.