OCEAN CITY, Md. (WJZ) — In Ocean City, Maryland, the lifeguards were in the stands for the first time this season, the sun was out and if you were lucky enough, you could catch a wave.

For Chris Sexton from Baltimore, it was heaven.

“Hallelujah! I would think there would not be that many people, but it was more than I expected,” he said.

His family enjoyed the ease of this Memorial Day weekend trip.

“We got here really quick. No traffic. We went right through,” Amber Sexton said.

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But the coronavirus pandemic was still on many minds.

“We actually booked this two weeks ago. We were just hoping for the best. We wanted to get away, let the kids have some fun and not let this ruin such a big holiday,” said Geraldine Lopez, who was visiting from New Jersey. “We just wanted to get away from Jersey!”

She wasn’t alone.

“I love the beach and spending time with my family here,” said New Jersey native Victoria Frazer.

“We wanted to keep it a little normal for the kids,” said Kelly Wallace from Philadelphia. Her fiancé Kareem Robinson called it “a taste of normalcy.”

By mid-afternoon Saturday, the boardwalk was packed. Groups of ten or more are prohibited by law, and masks are recommended but not required.

“We have officers on horseback, foot patrol and vehicle patrol,” said Ashley Miller with Ocean City police. “If we do see groups of ten or more, we remind them that it is a violation of the governor’s order. Depending on the situation, we would determine what kind of action would be taken.”

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She did not have immediately have available the number of citations that have been issued since the beach and boardwalk reopened to the public two weeks ago.

“We do see a lot of voluntary compliance,” Miller said.

Police remind people it is illegal to consume alcohol in public in Ocean City, Maryland.

 

Despite some crowds, regulars here say there are not as many people as a typical Memorial Day weekend. With ten miles of beach here in Ocean City, there is room to spread out.

“As long as you keep your distance, we feel good,” said Wallace.

For the latest information on coronavirus go to the Maryland Health Department’s website or call 211. You can find all of WJZ’s coverage on coronavirus in Maryland here.

Comments (40)
  1. get sick and die says:

    IDIOTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is impossible to keep proper distance in a crowd like that. Anyone endangering children there should have been arrested. Get ready for a spike in cases. I am happy for those idiots to get sick, but some of them will spread it to those less able to survive the disease and some of them will die all because some self centered idiot wanted to be in a crowd to “have fun”

    1. John Greenwood says:

      You “people” never surprise me.
      You rather take tyrants and traitors at their word, than live free.

    2. Arnold Ziffel says:

      Why do you hate science? You could easily look up the information yourself. There is virtually no outdoor transmission. In 320 Chinese cities, exactly one outbreak occurred outdoors and that involved two people. But ORANGE MAN BAD! Your brain is bad.

    3. Vince says:

      Then hide in your mommy’s basement. We won’t miss you.

    4. LUIS MARTINEZ says:

      Terrified of Corona then stay in your house…but stop demanding your neighbors live in the same fear you lose for yourself.

    5. alan93 says:

      Your the idiot. The only people dying are over 65 with underlying conditions. 0 children die from COVID19. Educate yourself so you don’t display your ignorance.

    6. alan93 says:

      Those fat people on the beach have more of a chance of dying from heart disease than COVID19.

    7. jimmymayhem says:

      You’re right, regardless of what these selfish idiots say.

    8. Danny S says:

      Ok, Karen! Out in the sun which kills the virus (destroys DNA/RNA in about 400ms) but they are the idiots. Ok, Karen!

    9. Larry says:

      Hey “sick and die”. I hope you’re staying healthy my friend but do you really believe everything you’re told? Watch the video closely – it opens with an empty beach followed by shots of a mostly empty beach followed by shots of the boardwalk taken with a telephoto lens which makes it look like people are “packed” next to each other when they are far from each other and there are not that many people. How the f*ck can a police SUV drive down a “packed” boardwalk ? The MSM hates you and will do whatever they need to manipulate your attention to garner ratings or clicks. Have a great Memorial Day weekend.

    10. jajofl says:

      Maybe if you get some sun and fresh air you won’t be so cranky…

  2. BG says:

    What a foolish comment, ‘get sick and die’… must be hard to live life obsessed by irrational fear. We will all go about our lives very soon… not soon enough actually, since the curve was flattened three weeks ago and hospitalizations decline has been steady… But you clearly will remain traumatized…

    1. Carole Baskin says:

      “The curve was flattened” ?! You really think after only 3 weeks that makes a difference that’s like a heroin addict telling you they been sober for a month the relapse is coming…very soon

      1. alan93 says:

        SARS Cov-2 is like Heroin addiction? What a dufus you are.

      2. BG says:

        Here’s an idea, Carole. Look at the MD COVID website, updated daily, and look in particular at all three hospitalization metrics. Then remember the lockdown justification spiel we all heard about bending the hospitalization curve. Finally, be sure to come back here and humbly apologize for blatantly misinforming website readers. Amazing how fear disconnects brain synapses in some people. Your knee-jerk, erroneous reaction may have made you feel better about emotional panic about safety’… but it took the place of logic and thought.

  3. BK says:

    packed and social distancing are mutually exclusive- watch for a spike in cases in 5-14 days when the disease has incubated in all those who spread it. You go to OC and then have contact w/ an older person maybe you don’t get that sick or even feel sick but you spread it to a vulnerable person and they die. The most dangerous people are the ones who are not sick and refuse to wear masks but carry and spread it.

    1. GW says:

      Just like in Georgia, right? Oh, wait, their numbers have continued to go down after reopening for a month now. If you are scared, stay in hiding. The adults will let you know when it’s safe.

  4. Jack McCready says:

    Wow! Is everybody in Maryland fat?

    1. GW says:

      It isn’t just Maryland

    2. Ibulena says:

      No, they come from out of state. DC, Virginia, PA, NJ, NY. That who is fat!

    3. Ibulena says:

      Today in MD is chilly and wet. Won’t be a lot out on the board way.

    4. Vince says:

      They’re fat from being locked up in their homes for 2 months!

    5. SicknTiredOfU says:

      Wow, is everyone named Jack McCready a POS who should drink bleach? I’ll say yes.

      1. Jack McCready says:

        Hi Lardo

  5. didn't get sick, didn't die. says:

    I greatly enjoy the irrational fear being put on display by handout nation.

    Those of us who have been working full time since day 1 of this fiasco are well aware it’s all farce.

    But stay under your bed, no really! Hide there until we tell you it’s safe to come out! We’ll try to remember by 2030, and you’ll be good as long as those gov’t checks keep flowing, right?

  6. Allie F. says:

    Fresh air, sunshine, ocean breeze…..nothing could be better! Time to get back to livng.

  7. Fidel007 says:

    I’m all for people going out. But man most of those people seem like they would be in the “high risk” category. As in obese.

  8. Carole Baskin says:

    “Hey All You Crazy Kool OC Critters” I Dont get it DMV, NJ, NY, PA all in Top 10 Category for Cases in the US does that set a warning for yall clearly nobody gives a hoot.

    1. Arnold Ziffel says:

      There isn’t going to be a vaccine. The number of cases isn’t going to zero. This thing is endemic now. It’s in every country and every city. You are going to have to learn to deal with the minute chance that this is fatal and live your life. Coronavirus spreads outdoors at such a low rate that we can probably ignore it. That said, I wouldn’t run into a church right now and stand between a bunch of singing worshippers.

  9. Smitty says:

    It seems people are keeping up with the statistics that almost no one under 50 in good health is in any real danger, instead of paying attention to the political tyrants or their gullible sycophant collaborators.

  10. H says:

    And you keep wearing that mask too. You know, the ones the majority are forced to wear in public…homemade, earloop style, etc…THESE TYPES THAT DO ABSOLUTELY NOTING IN THE PREVENTION OF VIRUS SIZE PARTICLES FROM PASSING THROUH. Just to give you that warm fuzzy ‘I’m safe now’ feeling because the government says so.

  11. jimmymayhem says:

    Just dumb selfish people looking for any reason to avoid making any sacrifice for the greater good. It doesn’t help that their leader is just as stupid and selfiish. Will 1% of these idiots dying even change their minds when their media bubble tells them that 100,000 have died from a democratic hoax?

  12. Larry says:

    Hey CBS, thanks for using a telephoto lens to make it look like it was “packed”.

  13. alpha1six says:

    And if they catch the Chinese bug they’ll blame government.

  14. jorilla says:

    all the talking heads say is “ALL WE ARE TRYING TO DO IS SLOW THE VIRUS DOWN” they’er not going to cure a virus YOU WILL GET IT EVENTUALLY ANY WAY

  15. Rick Siegfried says:

    Ignorant morons. They will remove their own stupidity for the gene pool with the help of COVID-19. Good riddance. The world will be a better place without their ignorance and stupidity.

    1. Rick Siegfried says:

      …FROM the gene pool…

      fat finger typo

    2. Larry says:

      Hey “Rick Siegfield”. I hope you’re staying healthy my friend but do you really believe everything you’re told? Watch the video closely – it opens with an empty beach followed by shots of a mostly empty beach followed by shots of the boardwalk taken with a telephoto lens which makes it look like people are “packed” next to each other when they are far from each other and there are not that many people. Did you notice the police SUV driving down the “packed” boardwalk ? The MSM hates you and will do whatever they need to manipulate your attention to garner ratings or clicks. Have a great Memorial Day weekend my angry little friend.

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