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Bethany’s Beach and Boardwalk Remain Closed through May 31st and July 4th Celebrations Cancelled

Posted by Leslie Kopp & Christi Arndt on Fri, May 1st, 2020 at 10:00 am.

The Town of Bethany Beach held a Town Council meeting yesterday, April 30, 2020.  During this meeting, council members voted that the beach and boardwalk would remain closed at least through May 31, 2020 and all special events would be cancelled until July 15th, including the 4th of July parade and fireworks.

We feel for the businesses, homeowners and visitors that are impacted greatly by these restrictions, but we recognize that our town officials are required to abide by the Governor’s orders and must follow the CDC Guidelines to keep our community safe and healthy.  Below is a summary of the items that were implemented:

1) The beach and boardwalk will remain closed to the public through May 31, 2020 or when the Governor moves the State into the final phase of CDC reopening guidelines, whichever comes first. On June 1st they will reassess the closure based on conditions at that time.

2) All special events in the town through July 15, including the Fourth of July Parade and Fireworks are cancelled.

3) There will be no charge to park in the downtown business area until the beach and boardwalk are reopened.

a. To encourage carry-out service, free 15-minute parking spaces will be established in the downtown commercial area.

b. Outside of the 15 minutes spaces, parking in the downtown will otherwise be limited to 90 or 120 minutes.

c. When the town begins to reopen, parking will likely be restricted to residents only outside of the downtown business area and a resident parking tag will be required.

4) The town will not issue shuttle permits or operate town trolleys until restrictions are eased regarding physical distancing.

Short term rentals are still on hold as stipulated in the Governor’s Declaration of a State of Emergency which is in effect through at least May 15, 2020.

For a full summary of the Town Council meeting please visit the Town of Bethany Beach website by clicking here.

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