Stay Safe & Catch Some Rays in Ocean City
Not every state can say it has a vibrant coastal town like Ocean City. With its famed boardwalk, 10-mile-long beach, amusement parks like the Jolly Roger, and enough fresh crab to feed every single NFL lineman several times over, Ocean City is undoubtedly one of the state’s gems. It’s also a place where people want to purchase real estate. In light of the recent COVID-19 outbreak, agents may fear some might be deterred from buying that condo. Here are some simple steps to share with your clients to stay safe this summer in Ocean City.
1. Social Distancing
When Ocean City opened up for Memorial Day, it was clear that people were itching to get back to their boardwalk mainstays. However, it may be difficult to appropriately social distance, especially with the expected increase in crowds this summer. Instead of playing an impromptu game of hopscotch, advise your prospective clients to take a 20-minute drive down to Assateague State Park where they can spread out a little bit. Once you’re there, they can explore the area via kayak and keep their eyes out for both their favorite bird species and feral horses lounging on the beach.
2. Take Your Food to Go
Restaurants are currently limited to 10 dine-in customers at a time. Because of this inconvenience, it might just be better off to order food to go. Eating from a balcony with ocean views, in many ways, beats waiting for a table elsewhere. We’re sure your clients will agree! Another option is to advise people to call the Castle in the Sand Hotel in advance, which is one of the few places you can have a beach-front meal and a frosty adult beverage.
3. Wear a Mask & Hat
We get it. Wearing a mask during the humid summer gets hot and unpleasant. To fight the heat, we suggest covering the nose and mouth with a cool, damp bandana when forced to move through crowded areas. Make sure to remind people to bring a cooler with some icy cold water to douse the bandana every so often to keep things nice and cool. A nice hat also helps as well, although more for staying cool and fashionable for the beachside weather.
Needless to say, wearing a mask doesn’t mean other precautions should be ignored. Rather it’s an additional precautionary measure.
4. Don’t Forget Basic Beach Safety
In other recreational hot spots around the country, authorities are encouraging people to take fewer risks to help reduce the risk of exposure for first responders. Some ways that beach-ready buyers can reduce risk is to drink alcohol in moderation, stay hydrated, and don’t forget the sunscreen.
Advise Visitors to Call Ahead of Time
If clients are coming into town but are unsure about what precautions are being taken to ensure the safety of their lodging, encourage them to call ahead. Hotels and beach rental companies are expecting that people will be calling with questions.
As always, when showing properties in Ocean City or other parts of Maryland, keep the CDC guidelines in mind by sanitizing often, keep at least six feet away from others, and use common sense. As real estate professionals, we want people to feel confident in their safety and enjoy the properties they’ve worked hard to earn.
“Each and every one of us has an obligation to exercise personal responsibility to protect our families, our friends, our co-workers, and neighbors, so as a community we keep Ocean City moving forward,” Maryland Governor Larry Hogan said in a press conference.
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