The Rehoboth Beach commissioners unanimously voted to modify the city’s proclamation of Civil Emergency and Order that face coverings are required in all public places.
The commissioners decided to end the requirement of face coverings at the beach.
All persons within the City of Rehoboth Beach are required to wear face coverings in all public places, including streets, sidewalks, parks, the Boardwalk and commercial establishments, with the following exceptions:
• Facial coverings shall not be required while actively bathing in ocean water.
• Facial coverings shall be required while entering and leaving the beach. Face coverings shall not be required to be worn while on the beach when social distancing of 6 feet is possible.
• Facial coverings shall not be required to be worn while exercising when social distancing is possible. Exercise is defined as a strenuous activity requiring physical effort, carried out to sustain or improve health and fitness.
The masks on the beach requirement were not in place in other Sussex beach towns and drew fire from the powerful Rehoboth-Dewey Chamber of Commerce. The chamber president said the move was designed as a way to discourage visitors from coming from the town.
The beach area of Delaware has seen an outbreak of coronavirus involving summer workers and people showing up for senior week.