Rehoboth commissioners vote to follow state mask guidance

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The City of Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners voted Friday afternoon to eliminate the city’s requirement that individuals wear masks on the boardwalk and in public indoor settings.

The change is consistent with Gov. John Carney’s 29th modification to the State of Emergency Declaration that became effective Friday.

The state’s new mask regulations follow guidance issued by the CDC and provide that fully vaccinated people may stop wearing masks in most outdoor and indoor places, except in crowded settings, including public transit, planes, schools, health care facilities, and settings such as prisons and homeless shelters. Those who are not fully vaccinated should continue to wear masks when around others outside of their immediate household.

“The City of Rehoboth has been thoughtfully cautious in its response to the pandemic in order to ensure the safety of our residents, visitors, and business people,” says Mayor Stan Mills. “And we thoughtfully have arrived at the conclusion, following guidance from the CDC and the state, that now is the time to lift most of our restrictions and gleefully get back to regular summertime activities. With the summer season upon us, we welcome visitors to our beach and community and encourage those who are not vaccinated to continue to take measures to protect themselves and others.”

The city’s new guidelines, as outlined in the sixth modification to the city’s proclamation of civil emergency, which was adopted today, are effective immediately.

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