Due to the public health threat of COVID-19, Town of South Bethany public buildings are closed to the public through May 15, 2020, and the beaches within the Town shall be CLOSED for ALL purposes. Our staff is available via telephone or email during normal business hours to answer questions and provide needed services. There is no disruption in Police Department service. More Info

COVID-19 Beach Closure

Date Posted: Sunday, April 5th, 2020

Update On COVID19 – Beach Closure 

As promised we are providing an update on the decisions being taken at both the Federal, State and Local levels.

Today, pursuant to the Third Modification to a Declaration of State of Emergency, Governor Carney closed the Delaware beaches effective at 5:00 PM, Saturday, March 21, 2020.  This closure is in effect until May 15, 2020 or the public threat of COVID 19 has been eliminated.

The Town of South Bethany, as authorized by the Governor’s Declaration, has determined that the beaches within the Town shall be CLOSED for ALL purposes.  That is, no one will be allowed on the beaches for exercise or any other purposes while the Governor’s order remains in effect.  The Town will be enforcing this directive and no activity will be allowed on the beach effective immediately. It is required that everyone abide by this directive and not go to the beach.  We further encourage everyone to stay in place at their primary residence, and for non-full time residents to visit South Bethany once this public health crisis passes. There are limited hospital beds in this area to cover from Ocean City to Lewes and points westward in Sussex County, in the event of a public health crisis, and ask that you take this into consideration before traveling to the beach.

 We are in contact with Beebe Medical Center as well to gain guidance on mitigation strategies we can take as a community to limit the spread of COVID-19 among coastal towns.  We will continue to apprise you of any information as it is provided to us. Please observe and continue to follow social distancing recommendations as well as other recommendations by the CDC.

 Please stay safe and stay well.  We will continue to update you as we learn more and make further decisions.


Tim Saxton 


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