REHOBOTH POLICE BEGIN ENFORCING STATE OF EMERGENCY COMPLIANCE

April 13th, 2020

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Rehoboth Beach Police continue the initiative started on April 3rd, 2020 to closely monitor out-of-state travelers within city limits, as well as, the closures of the beach and Boardwalk.  The main goal of this on-going initiative is 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.

As a result of the continuing efforts of the men and women of our agency, 217 individuals have been safely monitored since April 3rd.  Of those 217 individuals, 169 were safely contacted.  Of those contacted, 66 were out-of-state motorists and 103 were individuals attempting to use the beach and/or Boardwalk.  Twenty-eight of the individuals contacted were found to be in violation of one or more mandates established by the current State of Emergency. 

Since April 11th, 2020, officers have arrested 8 individuals for blatant non-compliance with the closure of the beach and/or Boardwalk.  In all cases, the offenders drove into the city past the large electronic signs located at each entrance which clearly state that the beach and Boardwalk are closed to all activities to include exercising and dog walking.  The offenders, both male, and female ranged in age from 26 to 53 and were from Virginia, Washington D.C., and Delaware.  All but one were issued a criminal summons for disorderly conduct, while the remaining individual was cited for disrobing in public as he urinated on the Boardwalk. 

The following is statistical data current as of 7:00 pm on April 13th, 2020.

The Rehoboth Beach Police will continue to be vigilant in monitoring citizens and visitors to our city. In cases of blatant disregard, we will enforce compliance. 

As always, we appreciate the efforts of our dedicated employees and all those like them that risk their own safety and the safety of their loved ones to protect our community.  We continue to express our gratitude to anyone doing their part to end this pandemic and our appreciation to our community for their understanding during this time of concern and change. We remain steadfast in knowing that this is only temporary.

Released by PIO Lt. Jaime Riddle.