While I have been diligently working with Eastern Shore Elected Officials hoping to open all bars and restaurants for outdoor dining I received word this morning this will not happen until at least the 29th.
I have to give credit to these elected officials as well as our Worcester County States Attorney, Liquor Board and Health Department. They have made every attempt to help us in every way possible but Governor Hogan refuses to work together to reopen Ocean City. Yes, we ALL head Hogan say he will leave it up to local leaders but that just wasn't true at all.
I was told this morning that Pickles got a $5,000.00 "social distancing fine" for individuals using their porch area drinking. So THINK about it. We are being policed and IF we open our doors there's a strong possibility we could ALL get similar fines and get punished. It's just not worth it. Just imagine we get a bunch of people come in and now we have to tell them, YOU'RE TOO CLOSE, SEPARATE OR LEAVE! No way! For me, it's not worth opening, especially with a 30 to 50% occupancy.
President Trump, WE NEED YOU NOW to override Governor Hogan!