Rehoboth’s beach and boardwalk reopen for exercise
REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. – The beach and boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach are now back open for exercise, but there’s no swimming or sun bathing allowed just yet. That didn’t stop people from getting out and about Friday. People could be seen returning to Rehoboth’s boardwalk and beach and enjoying the sun.
Local business owners say that they hope the extra foot traffic will help them to kick off their busy season. “You know I’m really excited. It’s just great to see people on the boardwalk for the first time in a while. It’s great that the city government was able to come to a decision and allow the beach and boardwalk to be reopened,” said Atlantic Cycles owner Frank Cole.
Friday, Cole was busy cleaning, refilling bike tires, and disinfecting equipment. He says while he’s ready to get back to regular business, he wants to be able to help people during this difficult time. “We’re excited to do that but during the pandemic we shifted our focus a little more towards transportation. We did a lot of service work. We repaired a lot of bikes. We did a lot of pick up and delivery, and we were selling used bikes to people who had maybe been displaced from their jobs,” said Cole.
Cole tells 47ABC that the challenge right now is having enough hands on deck to prepare for reopening. “Usually by this time we’re ready to go. We’re looking forward to Memorial Day. This year it’s going to be a little bit different. We were fortunate enough to not have to lay anyone off, but we’re short handed right now,” said Cole.
Meanwhile, Mayor Paul Kuhns tells 47ABC the city is also getting ready for what could be a busy Memorial Day weekend. “As we focus on next weekend with the governor’s new proclamation that it’s open to swimming and subathing and whatever, I will have more staff people on,” said Mayor Kuhns.
The mayor says that he hopes state police will help to monitor people visiting Rehoboth’s beaches and boardwalks from out of state. “I would think as we towards the holiday weekend, the state police will be ramping up those questions about social distancing and quarantining as they check people from out of state as they come into the Rehoboth area,” said Mayor Kuhns.
Mayor Kuhns also says that attendants will monitor the numbers of people in public bathrooms. He also says parking meters and permits are suspended until May 29th. As a reminder, masks are still encouraged on the boardwalk and people are asked to maintain social distancing. Groups larger than ten are not permitted.