Rehoboth Chamber head demands an end to mandatory masks on the beach

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The head of the Rehoboth-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce is asking city commissioners to end a ban on face masks on the beach.

According to a story from 47ABC, Salisbury, MD, Carol Everhart said wrote in a letter to the mayor and commissioners that the mandate was hurting business in the beach community.

Earlier, commissioners went a step beyond the state mandate on using masks in public places where social distancing is not possible to include the beach itself.

According to the station’s report, Everhart claims the move was designed to reduce the number of out of town visitors to Rehoboth, rather than serving as a public health measure.

Other beach towns did not follow Rehoboth’s lead, at least initially.

The request comes after Gov. John Carney ordered an end to stand-up bar service and bar stools at restaurants and taprooms in most of Coastal Sussex County.

The beach areas have seen an uptick in cases, with all hospitality workers being tested.

There have also been reports of employees not wearing masks.

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