WILMINGTON, Del. — Bars in certain Delaware beach towns will close ahead of the Fourth of July holiday to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
The new order from Delaware Gov. John Carney announced Tuesday says bars in eastern Sussex County will close Friday morning and only serve customers who are seated at tables.
“Clearly we’ve had an outbreak among bars, restaurants, social activity in Delaware beaches,” Carney said during a news conference. “We’ve also witnessed throughout our state but in particularly in beach communities complacency with respect to mask wearing and social distancing.”
The latest order comes on the same day commissioners in the city of Rehoboth Beach voted unanimously to require people over age 12 to wear face coverings in public spaces. The governor’s decision to close bars was a factor in the commissioners’ decision, the city said in a statement.
There have been nearly 11,500 confirmed coronavirus cases in Delaware and about 500 people, according to the state’s health department.
“COVID-19 has not gone away,” Carney said. “We need to protect our progress and stay vigilant.”