(Oct. 2, 2020) The local Boardwalk facemask mandate has come to an end, meaning visitors and residents must only use a mask when social distancing is not possible. 

“It [state of emergency] went into effect on July 31, it remained in effect for 30 days and pursuant to the code, the mayor needed to come before you and ask that that be renewed,” city legal counsel Heather Stansbury said. 

Mayor Rick Meehan successfully did so on Sept. 1, prompting another 30 days of required facemask use on the Boardwalk. 

However, on Tuesday council members agreed to extend the local state of emergency, but decided against extending the mayor’s mask mandate. 

As a reminder, Gov. Larry Hogan’s mandate remains in effect, meaning masks must be worn outdoors when social distancing is not possible, including special events.

Josh covers everything Ocean City government and crime. He graduated from the University of Richmond in 2019 with a B.A. in French and Journalism.

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