The July 4 holiday in the Cape Region was subdued with smaller than normal crowds at local beaches. Cancellation of all holiday events, including fireworks, and mandatory wearing of face masks combined to keep many tourists away.
Before the holiday weekend, Rehoboth Beach officials mandated face coverings everywhere in city limits, including the beach. Then on July 7, officials rescinded the beach-wearing requirement.
Lewes officials also enacted a policy requiring face coverings in the downtown area from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Although walk-on traffic is now permitted on the Cape May-Lewes Ferry, New Jersey officials have deemed Delaware a hot spot for COVID-19 positive cases forcing anyone who visits from Delaware to quarantine for 14 days. The decision is questionable when the actual number of positive cases has been steady or declining over the past week.