Please visit this page often for the latest information from the Ocean Pines Association regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19). Please note that all closings are subject to change, based on state and federal government requirements.
The Ocean Pines Board on April 1 voted 6-1 to extend the 2020 assessment deadline by 90 days, to Aug. 1.
Board members met in a virtual setting to discuss the matter, citing economic hardships created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I considered options that would strike a balance between ensuring we address the financial hardship needs of the membership as well as addressing the Association’s financial obligations, including staffing, to keep Ocean Pines up and running in a limited manner,” Association President Doug Parks said. “Given the GM and his finance team acknowledged that extending the due date was realistic, albeit with some risk based on not knowing how long our amenities and services would be shut down, I felt that the 90-day extension of the assessment due date was the appropriate course of action.”
Board members encouraged anyone who can pay the assessment by the normal May 1 deadline to do so, to help continue to fuel Ocean Pines operations.
“As noted in the meeting last night, if you can pay this reduces the risk of us having to enact some other choices regarding meeting our financial obligations over the next three-to-four months,” Parks said.
General Manager John Viola told Board members that he and staff did an analysis of several scenarios, including pushing the assessment due date back for 90 days, which was his recommendation. Viola said some capital replacement items in the fiscal 2020/2021 budget could be deferred until September, but those deferrals would not affect the safety or normal operations of the Association.
Board members noted not paying the assessment on time would affect homeowners’ ability to vote and/or run in the Board of Directors election. According to Ocean Pines bylaws, no member may vote if, 35 days prior to the voting deadline, the member has failed to pay the annual charge. This year, the voting deadline is July 1, 2020.
Board member and Association Treasurer Larry Perrone voted against the 90-day extension, saying he was instead in favor of pushing the date back 60 days.
“As the chief financial officer, I feel that we need to be compassionate while also being fiscally conservative,” Perrone said. “My recommendation was to give our members 60 additional days to make their assessment payments, with an option to add another 30 days once we had a little more time to evaluate our financial position. That said, I am satisfied that my Board partners understand all the issues and made a decision with all the available information.”
Ocean Pines Facilities
The front desk is closed indefinitely. Payments are accepted via the drop box in the 24-hour lobby in the Administration Building or via phone at 410-641-7717, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday through Friday.
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The Sports Core Pool is closed until further notice. All activities and classes scheduled during the closure have been canceled.
The Easter Egg Dive scheduled for April 10 has been canceled.
For questions or assistance with registration for future classes and activities, call Ocean Pines Aquatics from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. daily at 410-641-5255. Ocean Pines Aquatics staff will work with anyone who has sign up and paid for canceled classes upon the pool’s reopening.
Farmers & Artisans Market
The Ocean Pines Farmers and Artisans Market will remain open for the foreseeable future. It will continue to operate Saturdays from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. in White Horse Park.
Cooking demonstrations, children’s activities and other special events have been temporarily suspended.
Ocean Pines Golf Club is closed until further notice.
For more information, call the Golf Shop at 410-641-6057.
Ocean Pines Public Works, including the Public Works yard, is closed to the public.
Those needing assistance may email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-641-7425.
Architectural Review Committee meetings have been suspended. Necessary documents will be signed electronically.
The Ocean Pines Racquet Center is closed until further notice.
Recreation and Parks
The Ocean Pines Community Center is closed until further notice. All activities and classes scheduled to be held during the closure have been canceled. The Recreation and Parks Department will address cancellations and refunds as soon as possible.
Easter special events have been canceled, including Breakfast with the Easter Bunny and the annual Easter celebration.
Coed softball, men’s basketball leagues, outdoor soccer, t-ball, and the spring flea market have been canceled.
All Ocean Pines parks and playgrounds are currently closed.
Boat slip paperwork can be deposited in the 24-hour drop box located in the Administration Building lobby.
For questions or assistance with registration for future classes and activities, call the Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Department from 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. daily at 410-641-7052.
The Ocean Pines Yacht Club is closed to the public. Delivery and carryout only are available Wednesday through Sunday from 4-8 p.m.
Order are taken beginning at 3:30 p.m. by calling 410-641-7501 or online at http://toasttab.com/ocean-pines-yacht-club.
A special menu for delivery and carryout service is available at https://www.opyachtclub.com/restaurant-menu.
Free delivery is offered to Ocean Pines addresses only.
To help protect trash collectors during the COVID-19 pandemic, Republic Services is asking Ocean Pines residents to take extra care to not place any materials outside of Republic collection containers.
Garbage and recycling crews are working diligently to continue to serve Ocean Pines residents with curbside collection services. Republic Services asks customers to do the following:
• Fill municipal waste containers with waste materials (trash) only
• Fill recycling containers with recyclable materials only
• Avoid placing loose bags of waste or recyclables of any kind on the ground
• Suspend yard waste collection (during the COVID-19 pandemic only)
• Suspend bulk waste collection (during the COVID-19 pandemic only)
For questions or further information, contact Republic Services at 215-783-9329.
Choptank Electric Cooperative
Effective immediately, Choptank Electric is suspending disconnection for nonpayment through March 31, 2020.
Please call the Member Service Center at 1-877-892-0001 or visit www.choptankelectric.coop for more information.
To help reduce traffic at community mailboxes, Ocean Pines is recommending residents use a free, online tool available through the U.S. Postal Service. “Informed Delivery” allows users to digitally preview mail and manage packages scheduled to arrive soon.
According to the Postal Service, the platform “allows you to view greyscale images of the exterior, address side of letter-sized mailpieces and track packages in one convenient location.”
For more information, visit https://informeddelivery.usps.com.
The Worcester County Health Department has released the following guidelines for testing for COVID-19:
Testing is available based on screening. If you or your child has developed symptoms that could indicate COVID-19 (fever, shortness of breath, cough), contact your primary care doctor first and foremost so they can screen you and determine if you should be tested. If you do not have a primary care doctor, you can reach out by phone to urgent care clinics or our (WCHD) call center (410-632-1100 option 8) available Mon-Fri 8 am to 5 pm and this Saturday 9 am to 3 pm.
Whether or not someone has tested positive for COVID-19 everyone should be practicing basic precautions. If you are sick with mild symptoms contact your doctor, you may be advised to recover at home if your symptoms don’t worsen. If you are experiencing a medical emergency call 9-1-1. But whenever possible, call ahead to limit the potential exposure to first responders, doctors, and health care workers.
You can learn more about testing, COVID-19, how the virus spreads and precautions we should all be taking here: https://worcesterhealth.org/…/1711-coronavirus-corvid.
The following resources are currently being provided by local, state and federal agencies to assist the public and local businesses during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) crisis:
- The Worcester County Health Department created a website dedicated to local Coronavirus news and information: https://worcesterhealth.org/protect-menu/1711-coronavirus-corvid-19-information-2020. Additionally, the County Health Department opened a call center, available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. by dialing 410-632-1100 option #8.
- Worcester County Recreation and Parks offers daily news and resources, exercises for your family to do from home, crafts for kids, new activities, and fun ways to explore the outdoors at https://www.facebook.com/worcorecandparks
- The State of Maryland also has a hotline, available by dialing 2-1-1.
- Regular updates from Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan are available at https://governor.maryland.gov/category/press-releases/
- The Maryland Department of Aging established a senior call check program. Call 866-502-0560 or visit https://aging.maryland.gov/Pages/senior-call-check.aspx
- The Maryland Business Express is working to help small businesses effected by Coronavirus: https://businessexpress.maryland.gov/
- Worcester County Public Schools are offering bagged lunches for children in need: http://worcesterk12.org/
- Local information about closures and other updates related to Coronavirus is available through a new Town of Ocean City webpage: https://oceancitymd.gov/oc/coronavirus-information/
- For more information on Coronavirus through the Maryland Department of Health: https://phpa.health.maryland.gov/Pages/Novel-coronavirus.aspx
- The State Health Department also supplied an interactive map of Coronavirus cases: https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/
- Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin (https://www.atlanticgeneral.org/patients-visitors/restricted-visitation-policy/) and Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury (https://www.peninsula.org/news/prmc-visitation-changes-mandated-governor-hogan) announced revised visitation guidelines
- For information on Coronavirus from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
- President Donald Trump issued recommended guidelines for Coronavirus: https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/03.16.20_coronavirus-guidance_8.5x11_315PM.pdf