Rehoboth Beach To Install New Pedestrian Walkway To Help Businesses Reopen

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Rehoboth Beach Commissioners have issued reopening guidance for local businesses.

Governor Carney announced that restaurants can apply to expand outdoor seating effective June 1, 2020. Under the interim steps announced all restaurants, bars, taprooms, and craft breweries may also apply to expand outdoor seating capacity to safely serve additional customers when the businesses reopen next month. The Rehoboth Beach Commissioners unanimously agreed on May 26, 2020, to have an application form available for any restaurant to expand their outdoor seating capacity.

The Commissioners also agreed to permit restaurants to utilize some public sidewalk for outdoor seating. A new pedestrian walkway will be installed in the parking spaces along the south side and north side of the first two blocks of Rehoboth Avenue (median parking will still be available), and First Street between Baltimore Avenue and Wilmington Avenue.

Those businesses that are interested can find the application to expand their outdoor seating capacity here Application for Outdoor Seating.  Officials said the City will review and approve or deny all applications in a timely manner. All applications from establishments with liquor licenses will then be sent by the City to the Office of Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission (ABCC) for their approval, according to a statement released Tuesday. Once approved by ABCC, the City will notify the applicant. Permission granted through this application automatically expires on July 31, 2020, unless expressly extended by the City of Rehoboth Beach. The State or the City of Rehoboth Beach may also revoke permission at any time.

This approval operates under the assumption that the restaurant will be utilizing the indoor facilities to prepare food and beverages. The restaurant establishment must follow all guidelines as outlined by the Governor including the 30% occupancy as set by the Fire Marshal.

Applications can be sent to code.enforcement@cityofrehoboth.com or placed it in the dropbox in front of City Hall, according to the statement.

Source: Rehoboth Beach

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