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From The Desk of the Mayor
The City of Rehoboth Beach community is understandably concerned about the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), and as Mayor, I want to share the actions that the City is currently taking and please understand that circumstances are changing rapidly. This is a frightening, first-of-its-kind situation for our community, but we must keep calm and take reasonable, disciplined steps to protect public health.
I need to emphasize that this is a public health crisis, and the lead agency is the Delaware Division of Public Health. They are our authoritative source for information, advisories, facilities, equipment, personnel, and funding. That said, the City has been collaborating with a range of partners including, but not limited to, Governor John Carney’s Office, DEMA, neighboring cities, local businesses, and nonprofits.
The City has already taken steps to prevent the transmission of the Coronavirus by closing City Hall to the general public. This includes City Hall, Administrative Offices, Public Works Buildings, playgrounds, and all public restrooms. The Convention Center is closed through May 15 and all permitted special events in the City are canceled through May 15. City facilities are being cleaned more often, and hand sanitizer and educational posters have been posted across town. In that spirit, for part-time residents who are considering traveling to your homes here, or if you are already here, you must consider staying in your homes as much as possible while social distancing from the public.
Effective March 23 at 4:00 p.m., all non-essential businesses shall remain closed until May 15 or until such time when the public health threat of COVID-19 has been eliminated. Additionally, all residents of the City shall shelter in place. Leaving your home is allowed for essential activities. Delawareans may leave their homes to get groceries, pick up a prescription, see a doctor, and engage in other activities essential to their health, and the health and wellbeing of their family members, including pets. Delawareans may also engage in outdoor activity but must adhere to social distancing guidelines.
Delawareans with general questions about COVID-19 or their exposure risk can call the Division of Public Health’s Coronavirus Call Center at 1-866-408-1899, or 711 for individuals who are hearing-impaired, from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Questions can also be submitted by email at [email protected]. DPH will continue to update the public as more information becomes available.
Mayor Paul Kuhns