Rehoboth Beach Chamber of Commerce urges end to mask requirement on beach
REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. – Leaders at the Rehoboth Beach Chamber of Commerce are urging the city’s mayor and commissioners to reconsider a mask mandate that requires masks in all public places, including the beach.
On Monday morning, President and CEO of the chamber Carol Everhart sent a letter to Mayor Paul Kuhns and the city commissioners asking them to revisit the mandate. In the letter, Everhart wrote in part:
“While the Mayor and Commissioners have couched their mandate that all beachgoers wear masks as a science based approach to slow the spread of Covid19, the Board is unanimous in its belief that the move is, in fact, a veiled tactic to purposely reduce the number of visitors to our town.”
That, Everhart wrote, impacts that businesses in the resort town. Everhart continued that one of the Board’s main concerns is the requirement of face masks on the beach. She wrote:
“The Board in no way aims to diminish the extreme importance of wearing masks inside of buildings and in public spaces where social distancing cannot be consistently upheld, but notes that the surrounding communities have not taken the extreme step of requiring masks on the beach.”
Everhart went on to suggest alternatives, saying the city could introduce and enforce a beach tag system, which she says could lend to better social distancing practices on the beach.
In response to that letter, Mayor Paul Kuhns and the commissioners say they will be discussing this request at their special meeting on July 7th, at 3 p.m.