(Oct. 16, 2020) Ocean City Council meetings will be in person once more, the council decided Tuesday afternoon. 

“We have done several things to make this happen,” City Manager Doug Miller said.

Miller said the City Hall chamber room’s air units and filtration systems had been enhanced and the council’s dais had been socially distanced. 

Additionally, seats also were moved around and taken out, reducing the number of available seats from 96 to about 30. 

“Masks will be required for all persons in the room except for when talking,” Miller said, although the council president would be exempt. 

People testifying before the council would be required to wipe down the table with a sanitation solution once they are done speaking. 

For this year’s swearing in of the new councilmembers, scheduled for Nov. 5, Miller said that it would be limited to family members. 

Miller said the council meetings could resume immediately or be delayed until after the election. 

The council voted to begin in-person meetings next Monday, with Councilman Dennis Dare absent. 

Mayor Rick Meehan asked Miller to separate some chairs in pairs, so that couples could sit together.

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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