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Old 06-29-2020, 11:05 AM
 
Location: Former LI'er Now Rehoboth Beach, DE
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I had thought a part of the Delaware State of Emergency required people to wear masks in public settings: "Governor John Carney issued a modified State of Emergency declaration that requires Delawareans to wear face coverings in public settings, including in grocery stores, convenience stores, pharmacies, doctor’s offices, and on public transportation."

In my opinion, Rehoboth Avenue is as, if not more, crowded than the boardwalk, so I've never understood why Rehoboth didn't enforce it overall. I don't mean to blame this on the young - or necessarily the tourists - but it does seem that the resort areas visited by tourists are those where you see the largest number of people not wearing masks. I don't go out all that often, but the handful of stores I've gone to in non-tourist areas, the majority of the people are wearing masks. I did venture to an outlet center and I don't mean to stereotype, but you can almost pick out who the visitors are and it was a mixed bag. A lot carried their mask in their hand, probably because they couldn't go in the stores without one. I think the stores have tried very diligently to require masks.

There are a number of outlet stores that have still not reopened. I was at the stores only briefly, but I recall Lenox, Eddie Bauer and Alex & Ani being among them. We went on a sunny day when the lot was nearly empty and worried for the future of the stores. The very next day - last Thursday - when it was grey and overcast and we later had torrential rain in my area - the lots were packed when we rode by. I guess they all came off the beach and headed to the stores.

Another note - one outlet store told a customer they aren't allowed to accept returns yet. They are apparently giving customers an extended return period. Makes it a little tough to buy clothing since the dressing rooms are also closed!! It was a little strange in the one store I went into, as they still had winter clothing, as I guess their stock was frozen in time as of the shutdown!
I go you one better. DH picked up Crunchmaster crackers and by mistake got the cheddar instead of the original. I wanted to return it and exchange it and was told they were not accepting returns as of yet. I could understand if it were produce to something like that, but, I guess they are just being cautious.


Way back on May 12 the City of Rehoboth special meeting agenda posted a letter dated 5/1 to Gov. Carney from the Association of Coastal Towns (ACT) . It is viewable by going to the City of Rehoboth commissioners meetings and selecting the 5/12 agenda. This is an excerpt that I am pasting below and it is speaking about the then original 3 phase plan which morphed into something quite different. ( I am bolding some words.)

In Phase 3, the beach is fully open to all normal uses including swimming and sun- bathing, and Rehoboth and Bethany will then open their beaches for the first time for all normal use. Dewey anticipates little ability to hold people back when ‘beach-use light’ at Phase 1 goes into effect and anticipates their users will charge forward to the Phase 3 level of use (swimming and sunbathing) with little ability to control it.

Our beaches were opened on 5/22 in time for Memorial Day weekend. Phase 1 started June 1st. Anyone else see how we got into this mess? The words of the unnamed people from Dewey (Commissioners or perhaps Police????) were quite prophetic.
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Old 06-29-2020, 12:21 PM
 
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Thanks for providing that. I'm afraid they all more or less abandoned all hope of being able to keep the beaches from being used "for all normal use". I think they were dreaming if they thought they could allow the hotels to open and not go to normal use, especially as I don't think they have enough resources to really be able to monitor and enforce it. One of the things I love about DE is that the people are nice and I don't mean to criticize, but I think the police was too soft in how they enforced - or attempted to enforce - the quarantine mandate. The penalty had no teeth.

I'm afraid they've pretty much lost control in the tourist areas.
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Old 06-29-2020, 12:35 PM
 
Location: Former LI'er Now Rehoboth Beach, DE
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Thanks for providing that. I'm afraid they all more or less abandoned all hope of being able to keep the beaches from being used "for all normal use". I think they were dreaming if they thought they could allow the hotels to open and not go to normal use, especially as I don't think they have enough resources to really be able to monitor and enforce it. One of the things I love about DE is that the people are nice and I don't mean to criticize, but I think the police was too soft in how they enforced - or attempted to enforce - the quarantine mandate. The penalty had no teeth.

I'm afraid they've pretty much lost control in the tourist areas.
The real issue is that even with the best intentions the stated results are never deliverable if you don't have the man power and neither Dewey nor Rehoboth Beach Police Departments do, and I suspect the same is true of the neighboring beach towns too. I have the utmost respect for the police across America (and their families) who try to keep us safe, but they are not supermen and women and can't do their jobs if they are behind the 8 ball to start off with. Never mind the political climate re: police to deal with.
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Old 06-29-2020, 01:22 PM
 
Location: Former LI'er Now Rehoboth Beach, DE
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Today's numbers over/under

NCC 5031 +106
KENT 1672+ 9
SUSSEX 4637 + 29

Hospitalizations 72 - 6

OK so now I am totally puzzled. Last night the Cape Gazette said there were an additional 112 cases in the Rehoboth area. So why are they not reflected in the Sussex total? Certainly all can't be from NCC.
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Old 06-29-2020, 01:31 PM
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Location: Ocean View, DE
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Oh my...
https://www.capegazette.com/article/...SbpKsJC5hhK7wQ

Wow...we almost ate at Hammerheads on Thursday before deciding to go to Cottage. I also heard a Dewey restaurant has many positive employees--heard it through my sources as I did about Hammerheads having positive employees before this article surfaced. You should read about the Dewey restaurant soon enough.

We headed to Lewes for an oil change and then Byler's in Dover today. Byler's was nice! Not crowded at all and the prices are so much better than what I contend with in my area. I'm rethinking going out to dinner this week now after reading about Hammerheads even though we only dine outside--seems nearby beach areas are spiking. I saw quite an impressive line for covid testing at the Starboard today as well.
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Old 06-29-2020, 04:01 PM
 
Location: Former LI'er Now Rehoboth Beach, DE
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The governor will hold a presser at about 1:45 tomorrow. This will be very interesting.
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Old 06-30-2020, 12:33 PM
 
Location: Former LI'er Now Rehoboth Beach, DE
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Today's numbers over/under

NCC 5065 +31
KENT 1690+ 18
SUSSEX 4681+ 44

Hospitalizations 64 - 8

I am still not seeing the spike of 112 in the reporting for Rehoboth (Sussex). The numbers are not adding up to 112 even over the last 3 days. Three Rehoboth Beach Life Guards have tested positive and additional testing is a probability following July 4.
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Old 06-30-2020, 02:00 PM
 
Location: Former LI'er Now Rehoboth Beach, DE
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From the news conference. Beach Bars to be shuttered

https://www.capegazette.com/node/204468?source=email-bn
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Old 06-30-2020, 04:03 PM
 
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All of Delaware will remain in Phase 2, with Phase 3 delayed indefinitely.
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Old 06-30-2020, 04:42 PM
 
Location: Former LI'er Now Rehoboth Beach, DE
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Hot off the presses. Face Masks required in Rehoboth including on the beach.

https://www.capegazette.com/node/204506?source=email-bn
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