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Ocean City readies for less-restricted summer

May 1st, 2021 by WCBC Radio

Moving around the boardwalk — and dining and drinking outdoors — will all be more like they were pre-pandemic in Ocean City, Maryland, this summer. For starters, with a statewide mask mandate being lifted, signs on the boardwalk referencing mandatory mask use were set to come down Thursday, Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan said. The announced removal of restrictions on outdoor dining means people can be seated closer together, Meehan said. He added that outside bars can open and that people can stand at them as well. Also on the boardwalk, visitors will once again be able to ride the tram, which didn’t run last year. Bus service will be increased after being scaled b ack dramatically last year.

Meehan said the pandemic caused a 20% drop in the city’s room tax revenue, but he’s optimistic for the months to come.