Carney ends restrictions on bars in coastal Sussex


Gov. John Carneyon Thursday removedrestrictions at bars in Delaware beach communities.

Sussex County has seen an upturn in coronavirus cases. However, cases have been tied to social gatherings, rather than bars.

“Our fight against COVID-19 is not over,” said Carney. “While we are easing these outbreak-related restrictions at the beach, Delawareans and visitors should stay vigilant. This virus can cause serious illness, especially among our most vulnerable loved ones, friends, and neighbors. We know what works. Wear a mask in public settings. Avoid gatherings and wash your hands frequently. That will help reduce the spread of Covid-19 as we head into the winter season.”

Under the restriction, drinking at the bar had been banned. However, patrons could be served at tables.

Some of the large bars and clubs that presented challenges in terms of social distancing and other issues have closed for the season.

On June 30, Governor Carney imposed the additional restrictions in eastern Sussex County establishments after a significant increase in COVID-19 cases in beach communities. The additional restrictions are being eased due to the end of the summer season, but social distancing guidelines, capacity limits, and other COVID-19 restrictions still apply. The revision to food and drink establishments applies to the following locations:

Lewes, Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach, Long Neck, Bethany Beach, South Bethany, Fenwick Island, West Fenwick Island, Ocean View, Millville and/or the following zip codes: 19966 east of Rt. 24 and Rt. 5; 19945 east of Rt. 17; 19975 east of the intersection of Rts. 20 and 54, and the entirety of 19944, 19967, 19970, 19930, 19971, and 19958.

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