Updated: Rehoboth removing public benches to prevent spread

The city of Rehoboth Beach is removing benches from the boardwalk, bandstand and along Rehoboth Avenue in an attempt to stop the spread of COVID19. (Special to the Delaware State News/Chuck Snyder)

REHOBOTH BEACH — City of Rehoboth Beach crews removed the iconic white benches throughout downtown Monday morning in an effort to curb the possible spread of COVID-19.

“After careful consideration, this decision was made to ensure we are taking all steps possible to slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Rehoboth Mayor Paul Kuhns. “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 Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk will remain closed until May 15, or until the public health threat of COVID-19 has been eliminated, per Gov. John Carney’s State of Emergency declaration.

City officials urged the public to heed Gov. Carney’s orders, noting in a release on the city website that this “is a very difficult time for everyone, and the path forward is for all of us to take this seriously as a community.”

Along with the boardwalk and beach, city playgrounds also are closed due to coronavirus threats.

The city news release read, “Although our city parks remain open, we ask that all parkgoers take extra precautions to stay healthy and safe.

“While solo exercise is OK team sports are not permitted. Please maintain at least six feet of distance between yourself and others when outside and avoid congregating in groups,” the city said in its release.

The city began an initiative on April 3 with police closely monitoring out-of-state travelers within city limits, as well as the closures of the beach and Boardwalk.

The city said the main goal of the ongoing initiative was to take action to monitor, inform and enforce the beach and Boardwalk closures and the 14-day self-quarantine mandate imposed upon out-of-state travelers.

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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