Member Alert - 3.23.20
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AS OF MARCH 23, 2020


Mayor Kuhns announces order to close all non-essential businesses amid COVID-19 pandemic


REHOBOTH BEACH, DE (March 23, 2020) – Today, by Proclamation of a Civil Emergency as granted under Sections 22-3 and 22-5 of the Municipal Code of the City of Rehoboth Beach, Mayor Paul Kuhns is proclaiming a civil emergency concerning the COVID-19 pandemic to be effective Monday, March 23, 2020, beginning at 4:00 p.m.

This is 16 hours before Governor Carney’s order declaring the same effective Tuesday, March 24, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. Since visitors are consistently observed in the City gathering in groups of more than 10 people, the beach and Boardwalk are already closed to the public, and safeguarding and protection of all citizens of the City are of utmost importance and his priority, Mayor Kuhns is deeming this to be as urgent as is necessary to protect the citizens of the City.

Effective today, 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, effective today at 4:00 p.m. 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.

At this time, the City of Rehoboth Beach buildings and offices are closed to the general public through May 15. This includes City Hall, administrative offices, public works buildings, playgrounds, public restrooms, along with the beach and Boardwalk. City staff continues to work on-site and we strongly encourage people to do any business with the City that they can by phone, e-mail, or internet to minimize public interaction.

Please continue to monitor the official website of the City of Rehoboth Beach for updates and please stay safe, alert and informed.

For more information, please contact the Communications Department at 302-227-6181 ext. 522 or

Office of the Governor
Updates on Delaware's Coronavirus Response
Press Conference 3.22.20
Sunday, March 22: Governor Carney issued two important orders that Delawareans need to know about:
  1. All non-essential businesses Delaware are ordered to close.
  2. All Delawareans are to stay at home whenever possible, subject to Governor Carney’s stay-at-home order issued Sunday night.

The orders go into effect at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. They will remain in effect until May 15 or until the public health threat is eliminated.

Click here to view a full list of essential and non-essential businesses and FAQs.

Delaware employers with questions about how they may be impacted can email, or call 302-577-8477 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
ICYMI: Governor Carney gave a video briefing on Sunday, March 22 on the latest COVID-19 updates in Delaware. Watch the briefing on Facebook and Livestream.
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Governor Carney Issues Closure of Delaware Beaches 

Saturday, March 21: Governor Carney issued a third modification to his emergency declaration, which prohibits the public from accessing the beach except to exercise or walk their dogs where dogs are permitted. Local officials may choose to enact tighter restrictions. 
These modifications went into effect at 5:00 p.m., March 21, and will last until May 15, or until the public health threat of COVID-19 has been eliminated.
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DelDOT Announces DMV Operational Changes 

Saturday, March 21: The Delaware Department of Transportation announced that effective Monday, March 23, 2020, all four DMV locations will go to kiosk, drive-through and emergency appointment only.
  • Dealer paperwork can be dropped off for processing and picked up when notified.
  • Inspection lanes will remain open as no personal interaction is required, and the drive through windows at each location will have additional staff working to process DMV-related transactions.
  • At no time will there be more than 10 people permitted in DMV lobbies.
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If you have questions, please give Carol a call on the Member hotline at 302-227-6446 or on her cell phone at 302-542-7547.
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