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Worcester County Commissioners Adopt Emergency Measures Restricting All Non-Essential, Short-Term Rentals in West Ocean City, Ocean Pines, and Other Unincorporated Areas

Snow Hill, Maryland – (April 1, 2020): In accordance with Governor Larry Hogan’s Stay-At-Home order, the Worcester County Commissioners have declared that all non-essential, short-term rentals in West Ocean City, Ocean Pines, and all other unincorporated areas of Worcester County should be cancelled until the Stay-At-Home order is lifted. 

Ocean City Mayor Issues New Declaration Extending Beach & Boardwalk Closure until April 30

Ocean City, Maryland – (March 30, 2020):  The Town of Ocean City continues to take extreme measures to protect residents and employees from the rapid spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).   On Sunday, March 29, the Mayor and City Council met in closed session and outlined several new emergency actions which increase the restrictions previously implemented in our resort community.

Interpretive Guidance for Executive Order Number 20-03-30-01 from Governor Larry Hogan

Worcester County Economic Development is advising that, along with Governor Hogan's Stay-At-Home order effective at 8:00PM Monday, March 30, 2020, the Interpretive Guidance has been updated (see below). Non-essential businesses are no longer permitted to offer curbside pick-up. Non-essential business may continue to sell products on a delivery basis, provided it can be accomplished under the applicable guidance from the U.S.

Bayside Road Bridge Replacement Detour

DETOUR – Bridge Replacement


  • Paw Paw Creek Road to Stagg Road is approximately 1.882 miles and 2 minutes and 30 seconds.
  • Stagg Road to Bayside Road is approximately 1.317miles and 2 minutes.
  • Bayside Road to Equestrian Shores is approximately 1.265 miles and 2 minutes.
  • Bayside Road to Paw Paw Creek is approximately 1.527 miles and 2 minutes and 30 seconds.

Guidance for licensed establishments concerning carry out and delivery of alcoholic beverage operations in light of the March 19, 2020 executive order

Snow Hill, MD – In ongoing efforts to provide additional guidance to licensed establishments within Worcester County, Maryland, the Board of License Commissioners for Worcester County requests that all applicable licensees adhere to the following guidelines to ensure compliance with Governor Hogan’s Executive Order issued on March 19, 2020.

Worcester County Recreation & Parks Closes County Park Playgrounds/Suspends Park Pavilion Rentals Starting March 23

While WCRP usually encourages people to take advantage of recreational spaces and get together at county parks, at this time we are asking you not to bring your kids to the playgrounds. Schools are closed in an effort to keep kids, teachers, and parents apart to help minimize the potential spread of COVID-19. For WCRP to keep playgrounds open and encourage families to use them would not only work against that strategy, but would also work against the recommendation of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Worcester County Health Department.

Local SBDC Here to Help Worcester County Entrepreneurs with Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program During COVID-19 Pandemic

Snow Hill, MD – Governor Larry Hogan announced that Maryland has received official designation from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for its Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, which provides low-interest federal disaster loans for small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the SBA, the loans will help alleviate financial strain and allow businesses to pay bills, payroll, and accounts payable, with long-term payments stretching up to 30 years.

Beach and Boardwalk Closed, Ocean City Mayor & City Council Urge Visitors to Stay Home

Ocean City, Maryland – (March 22, 2020): As confirmed cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) increase throughout the State of Maryland, and in Worcester County, the Mayor and City Council continue to encourage visitors to stay safe and stay home. Policy leaders met today, March 22, for an emergency meeting which resulted in the closure of Ocean City’s beach and Boardwalk.

Worcester County Tax Sale Postponed

As a result of the current coronavirus pandemic, Worcester County will be postponing the Tax Sale originally scheduled for May 15, 2020.  Your property located in Worcester County was scheduled to be sold at Tax Sale on May 15, 2020 for nonpayment of your 2018/19 or prior years Real Estate Taxes, and/or Water & Wastewater charges.  A final notice was previously sent to you on January 2nd, 2020.    This is a courtesy reminder that your account remains unpaid and could be subject to Tax Sale on a future date.   To prevent this from happening, your 2018/19 delinquent taxes and/or Water &am