Face masks required on beach in Rehoboth

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. – If you’re going to Rehoboth Beach anytime soon, you’re going to need a face mask, even if you’re just going to sit on the beach.

A new rule went into effect at 5 p.m. on Wednesday requiring masks in every public place, after city commissioners unanimously made the decision. The rule mandates face coverings in all public places, including sidewalks, boardwalks, and the beach and lasts indefinitely.

Commissioner Susan Gay says it’s a fluid situation, one that the commissioners will revisit in their weekly meetings. She says she understands the frustration, especially with the idea of wearing a mask on the beach, but that the decision was all about keeping people safe as crowds in the city continue to increase throughout the summer.

“Unfortunately, the feedback that we were getting from our law enforcement is that, even on the beach, people aren’t social distancing, and it may be because they can’t, we don’t have enough physical space in town for the crowds that come,” Gay said.

Both Rehoboth and Dewey Beach have reported a surge in covid-19 cases, as health officials say more young people in the resort towns are getting sick.
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