Approved City Policies
City of Rehoboth Beach Amends Holiday Display Policy
The Rehoboth Commissioners amended the City's November 5, 2020, holiday display policy and prohibited private unattended displays on City property. The new policy was adopted at a special meeting on December 7, 2020. The purpose of this unattended display policy is to define the location, time period, and terms under which unattended displays are permitted on City property. The procedure of the policy outlines the City may erect unattended displays on City property only. The City does not permit private unattended displays on any City property.
City of Rehoboth Beach Adopts Holiday Display Policy
The Rehoboth Commissioners adopted a policy for the 2020 holiday season at a special meeting on November 5, 2020, which makes it clear that no private holiday displays are permitted on public property. The City, however, has also authorized the expenditure of funds so that the City can create a holiday display that celebrates the cultural diversity of our great City. The display will be assembled and put up in the near future.
New Policies for Use of Public Outdoor Space April 1, 2021, Until Governor's Emergency Order Lifted
The Rehoboth Commissioners adopted a policy for public outdoor space at a special meeting on November 10, 2020. Beginning April 1, 2021, if the pandemic related Governor's State of Emergency Order and the Office of Alcoholic Beverage Control Commissioner (ABCC) guidelines are still in place, the following policy for public outdoor space will be in effect, subject to any change in the Governor's State of Emergency Order.
New Policies for Outdoor Dining in Rehoboth Beach
At their October 6, 2020, special meeting, the Rehoboth Commissioners approved a policy regarding the use of public outdoor space. Restaurants must 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 approved policy also requires that outdoor tables be set eight feet apart from each other. A barrier is needed between the tables and the pedestrian path if a restaurant is serving alcohol. Commissioners also approved tents and canopies without sides to be used in outdoor dining areas.
Outdoor heaters that are fueled by propane were also approved. Electric heaters or open flames are not allowed under the policy. The heaters must also be placed at least five feet from a restaurant's entrance and exit. The heaters must be secured and can only be in place during operating hours.
The City's Building and Licensing staff will continue to work closely with all restaurants for their outdoor seating plan as we move into the fall and winter months.
These policies will stay in effect through March 31, 2021.