OCEAN CITY, MD. (WJZ) — Ocean City’s mayor said Thursday the town has no plans to close indoor dining or bars, despite increasing numbers in Worcester County.

Mayor Rick Meehan said in a statement Thursday that the town has closely followed the State of Maryland and Gov. Larry Hogan’s Roadmap to Recovery’s plan.

Meehan said cases have jumped in Ocean City because there’s more testing.

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Instead, he continued to stress wearing masks in public, hand-washing and practicing physical distancing to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

“We urge all our visitors to remember that you can’t press pause on safety while you’re on vacation,” Meehan said. “We must all continue to practice these safety precautions and be considerate of each other.”

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Several restaurants have voluntarily closed temporarily either for precautions or after employees tested positive for the virus.

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.

  1. Tim Gilliom says:

    The cases haven’t “jumped” because of the testing; the cases were already there. They are now just identified. In other words, we don’t exactly know how many there are since testing continues and the numbers will continue to increase. This area might be saturated with COVID-19 but not identified as of yet. My family is coming to this area next week for vacation so we have been checking daily and keep looking for more restrictions.

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