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Ocean City Mayor mandates masks on boardwalk effective 5 p.m. this evening

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Posted at 2:31 PM, Jul 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-31 17:36:05-04

OCEAN CITY, Md. — Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan on Friday signed a declaration requiring everyone over the age of five to wear face coverings on the boardwalk between 8 and 2 a.m.

The declaration takes effect July 31 at 5 p.m.

It expands on Governor Larry Hogan’s statewide executive order issued earlier this week, requiring face coverings to be worn in all indoor public spaces and outdoor areas where proper social distancing isn't possible.

"We believed it was necessary at this time to be even more specific with regard to our Boardwalk and require face coverings at all times between 8 a.m. and 2 a.m.” said Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan.

The Ocean City Council held a meeting earlier in the day, in which Meehan urged them to pass a related ordinance.

That effort failed, however the council supported the declaration.

There's no specific penalty for violators under the declaration. However they could face anything from a civil citation and fine to a misdemeanor charge based on Hogan's order and existing Ocean City ordinances.

Those with a medical condition or eating and drinking are exempted.

Read the entire order below.

2020.07.31 Mayoral Declaration (Face Masks on Boardwalk) by Wmar Web on Scribd