Rehoboth Beach set to reopen beach, boardwalk for exercise
REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. – The City of Rehoboth Beach is reopening its beaches and boardwalk for exercising starting this Friday after officials discussed ways to reopen the city during a virtual meeting on Tuesday.
During the meeting, city officials focused on helping to get businesses back on their feet as soon as possible during the next few months.
“I think it’s very important that we are supporting and making it easy for the businesses to get business,” said Commissioner Edward Chrzanowski.
They talked about proposals from local businesses on changes that need to be made in order to make it through the pandemic.
Nicola Pizza tells 47ABC, city officials spoke with businesses just days ago to listen to their concerns as part of their plans to reopen.
“We had one commissioner listening and we talked for about an hour in a half of just different ways of opening up the beach, how it would benefit everyone, but then also how the restaurants would help in doing the social distancing,” said Nick Caggiano Jr., co-owner at Nicola Pizza.
Nicola Pizza says one recommendation the commissioners have already acted on is keeping parking meters turned off until May 29th.
“Then maybe some of our locals would come back because you know what happens when the parking meters go out, unfortunately, a lot of the locals don’t come into town anymore,” said Caggiano.
The restaurant says putting benches back will also help customers feel more comfortable, but that’s just one proposal city officials are still considering.
City officials say people at the boardwalk and beaches will be required to wear a face mask while maintaining social distance.
Bikes are permitted on the boardwalk from 6 AM to 10 AM. Leashed dog walking is allowed on the beach from May 15th through May 29th. Dogs are not allowed on the boardwalk.
Public restrooms will open May 15th at Rehoboth, Baltimore and Delaware Avenues. At this time, swimming, surfing and loitering are not allowed.
The beach and boardwalk will be opened for exercise from 6 AM to 10 PM daily.