New policies for outdoor dining announced in Rehoboth

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. – Rehoboth Beach commissioners have approved a new policy regarding outdoor dining in the city.

This new policy requires restaurants to have a straight and continuous minimum of five feet of sidewalk in front of any outdoor seating that must be maintained at all times. Space allows pedestrians to move up and down the sidewalks without adjusting their path because of the outdoor seating.

The policy also requires that outdoor tables be set eight feet apart from each other. A barrier is necessary between the tables and pedestrian path if a restaurant is serving alcohol.

Commissioners also approved tents and canopies without sides to be used in outdoor dining areas. In addition, outdoor heaters fueled by propane were also approved. Electric heaters or open flame are not allowed under the policy, and all heaters must be placed at least five feet from a restaurant’s entrance and exit. Heaters must be secured and can only be in place during operating hours.

Officials say these policies will remain in effect through March 31, 2021.

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