Officials in Ocean City are lifting a ban on lodging restrictions prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Restrictions enacted on April 28 were to be lifted during a special meeting of the city council on Thursday, The Salisbury Daily Times reported.
Ocean City banned hotels, motels and rental properties from renting out their rooms to non-essential guests in late March. The restriction was meant to protect visitors and residents as the pandemic worsened. Those closures were originally supposed to last until May 15, but officials decided to repeal them early to give Ocean City some time to adjust to the crowds.
Ocean City began lifting restrictions last week when it announced it would reopen its beach, Boardwalk and Inlet parking lot to the public.
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Effective Thursday the town of Ocean City is also repealing its rule that Maryland residents or those traveling from the New York, New Jersey or Connecticut region must self-quarantine for 14 days, according to a May 14 declaration.
Some restrictions do still remain in effect, according to Mayor Rick Meehan. Ocean City’s restrictions on social gatherings, specifically groups of no more than 10 aren’t allowed to gather, remains in effect.