Delaware beach-area bars will be impacted by virus starting Friday

DOVER – Gov. John Carney Tuesday announced an indefinite delay in moving to Phase 3 in Delaware’s reopening, and effective Friday, and a restriction imposed on beach-area bars in response to an alarming uptick in positive coronavirus cases, particularly in the Sussex County beach communities.  

On Monday, three Rehoboth Beach lifeguards were announced positive for COVID-19. Over 1.300 individuals were tested for COVID-19 Monday at the Starboard Restaurant in Dewey Beach.

Health officials said Tuesday that a lack of social distancing and face coverings on the beach and Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk is a continued concern as are photos and reports of restaurant servers without face coverings.

Gov. Carney at Tuesday’s press conference said bars in the beach area would be “closed” but Delaware Department of Public Health spokeswoman Jen Brestel elaborated on the governor’s directive for bars.

“Restaurants will be allowed to operate and continue to offer alcohol, but patrons will not be permitted to order or congregate at the bar,” Ms. Brestel said. “They can prepare drinks for take-out or delivery to tables. Socially distanced tables can be set up in the bar area, but patrons will not be able to stand at the bar.”

Helpful Coronavirus links

Delaware Division of Health Coronavirus Page
CDC: About the Coronavirus Disease 2019
CDC: What to do if You Are Sick
Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center
AP News Coronavirus Coverage
Reopening Delaware: Resources for Businesses
Delaware Phase 2 guidance

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