Bethany Beach Town Council Keep Beach & Boardwalk Closed
By: Dan Cohen
April 30, 2020
(Bethany Beach) The Bethany Town Council this morning voted to keep the beach and boardwalk closed until at least May 31st, and at that time make a decision whether to extend the closure into June.
The members noted that the town is following the lead of the Governor, and that the beach and boardwalk will not open until emergency restrictions are lifted throughout the state. The Governor, the council noted, is following the recommended federal guidelines to re-open the state. The first level would mean a 14-day in decline of the number of reported cases of COVID-19. Currently the number of cases state wide are continuing to rise, with Sussex County the hardest hit, accounting for at least 50% of the reported cases, according to the council.
In addition, the council also voted to suspend pay to park until the beach opens. To not permit any out of town shuttles, or the town trolley to operate until physical distancing rules are lifted. They also voted to cancel all special events at least until July 15th, including all July 4th activities and fireworks.
There was also a discussion to remind visitors to the sate that they must self-quarantine for 14-days, and weekend visitors must also do the same.