Corona Virus News

Update on use of Town recreational facilities – May 22, 2020

OPEN and available for use with restrictions:

  • Tennis Courts are open for Tennis and Pickleball – please follow posted guidelines for these sports
  • Dog Park is open for use, please follow posted guidelines
  • Town Park and Causeway Park are open for fresh air and exercise – please practice social distancing of 6’
  • Contracted Portable Toilets are available – use with caution (located at the Ferry Dock and Causeway Recycle Ctr parking lots)

These facilities remain CLOSED:

  • Town Strand Beaches and Beach Park areas – The Town cannot ensure proper physical distancing along these narrow strips of sand and grass. To protect the public health, welfare, and safety, they will remain closed until further notice.
  • Town Playground Equipment and Basketball Courts – The CDC has recommended against use of the facilities due to the inability to ensure physical distancing and a sanitary environment.
  • Town Office Building Restrooms – Remain Closed


Inside all Businesses  ~ Outside Businesses when within 6’ of others

  • Please carry your own hand sanitizer or wipes
  • Practice Social Distancing of 6’ in all public areas
  • Gatherings and Picnicking is prohibited in all areas
  • Groups of 10 or more are prohibited in all public areas


Coronavirus COVID-19 message from Oxford 3/23/2020
Per Maryland Governor Hogan’s directive on March 30, 2020:

We are currently under a Government Wide STAY AT HOME ORDER.
Per the Governor’s directives:
“No Maryland resident should be leaving their home unless it is for an essential job or for an essential reason such as obtaining food or medicine, seeking urgent medical attention, or for other necessary purposes.”Anyone traveling into Maryland, from anywhere outside of Maryland is required to “Self-quarantine in place and limit all contact with others for 14 days.” (14 days from the last family member’s arrival date) You may view the details of the updated Stay At Home Order here.

Pay for your takeout pickups in advance with credit cards to avoid the exchange of money if possible. Grocery delivery and/or curbside pickup is available through phone app services and online ordering.

Please see the following County Covid-19 link, which consolidates available information and directs people to appropriate sites:

Further information is available at these links:

Talbot County Emergency Management :

CDC COVID-2019 Website:

Shore Regional Health COVID Information

Maryland Department of Health Website:

Talbot County Health Department Website:

Talbot County Health Department Facebook:

Talbot County Department of Emergency Services Website:

Talbot County Department of Emergency Services Facebook:

Please follow the CDC and the Maryland Governor’s recommendations and mandates over the next few weeks. Social Distancing is a crucial component of reducing the impact of this virus. Please note gatherings of 10 or more are prohibited, gatherings of less for leisure are not recommended, and the Governor has recommended against the use of recreational facilities, including playground equipment.

Walking is an appropriate exercise done while practicing Social Distancing.

As previously noted, this virus, although mild in young adults and currently of minor impact to children, poses a danger to those over the age of 60 and those who may have compromised immune systems. In addition, the current risk of carrying the virus is much higher if you have traveled by commercial air or cruise in the last three weeks, and catching the virus if you have interacted with someone who has traveled. Because of these risks, we feel it is important that the community of Oxford take extra precautions.

The objective of the Governor, the County, and your local Commissioners is to slow the spread of this virus in order to not overwhelm the hospitals and to reduce community spread to senior members.

Regarding Town of Oxford personnel, although all essential services will continue, we will be reducing our direct interaction with the public in order to reduce any exposure to the employees. Our purpose is to be able to continue all essential services and as such, we must assure the healthiness of the staff. Other administrative functions will continue as best possible, but some services will be delayed until the Governor lifts his orders.

The Town Office is closed to visitors. The staff will be available by telephone and email, with email being the preferred method of contact to:

Town Office 410-226-5152 // Urgent issues – 443-496-1761

For police and for all emergency issues always dial 911

Again, you can find information posted on the Talbot County Department of Emergency webpage and it is recommended you follow their Facebook page for updated information.

There will be no more town meetings for the month of March and no Board meetings for the first week in April. Any further Town of Oxford government cancellations will be posted on the bulletin board and on our Facebook page.

Thank you

Cheryl Lewis, Town Administrator

This is a reminder for all of us to be conscientious regarding the concerns of the Coronavirus. Below is the link to Maryland Emergency Management and Talbot County Emergency Management where you can find the most recent information. As many of you already know, we are a vulnerable community and need to be more vigilant than most. At the very minimum, please practice the 6′ distancing rule and wash your hands well and often, and check on your neighbors preferably by phone. We will post any updates on our Facebook page: Town of Oxford, MD – if you don’t already, please consider setting up a Facebook account as this is a main source of information during emergencies.

Talbot County:

For county updates you can sign up for text alerts:

For updates and tips all Marylanders should opt-in to #MdReady, a texting program that allows people to receive messages via text. To opt in, text “MdReady” to 898211 to begin receiving updates, tips, and alerts about COVID-19 and other threats and hazards.