The mayor of Ocean City, Md., repealed an order closing the city's boardwalk and beaches on Tuesday as the state of Maryland gradually begins reopening nonessential businesses and public spaces statewide.
A declaration from Mayor Richard Meehan, which notes that Gov. Larry Hogan's (R) "stay-at-home" order remains in effect, indicates that the beach and boardwalk facilities would be opened beginning Saturday, May 9.
The order also reopens the city's Inlet Parking Lot, which is commonly used by both in-state and out-of-state tourists visiting Ocean City during the spring and summer months. Meehan's order went on to note that despite the reopenings, gatherings of 10 people or more would remain banned under state guidelines aimed at fighting the coronavirus.
Ocean City's move comes as other beaches around the country have begun to reopen in limited fashions. Officials in Laguna Beach, Calif., reached a deal with state officials last week and announced that the city's beach would reopen on weekday mornings while remaining closed on Saturdays and Sundays.
Officials in Newport Beach, Calif., voted to keep the city's beaches completely open for residents after the town received criticism for the volume of tourists seen on the beaches in photos posted on social media.