Rehoboth Beach removes Boardwalk benches

To combat COVID-19, beach, Boardwalk closed until at least May 15
April 29, 2020

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Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk
Rehoboth Beach  Delaware  19971
United States

At a time of year when, under normal circumstances, Rehoboth Beach is more likely to be putting out lifeguard stands, city workers removed the city’s popular white benches from the Boardwalk and streets to slow the spread of COVID-19.

According to an announcement on the city’s Facebook page, beginning April 27, Rehoboth was temporarily removing benches citywide.

“After careful consideration, this decision was made to ensure we are taking all steps possible to slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Mayor Paul Kuhns, in a prepared statement. “By removing access to benches that invite multiple touches and close personal contact, we are in a better position to combat the spread of coronavirus.”

The beach and Boardwalk remain closed until May 15, or until the public health threat of COVID-19 has been eliminated, per Gov. Carney's State of Emergency order.

City playgrounds are closed due to coronavirus. City parks remain open, but all park goers are asked to take extra precautions to stay healthy and safe – maintain at least 6 feet of distance between themselves and others when outside and avoid congregating in groups. Solo exercise is permitted, but team sports are not.

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