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Coronavirus Coverage

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After Governor Carney’s announcement stating Delaware will not be moving into Phase 3 just yet, at least two Delaware beach restaurants are saying they’ll be closed this weekend.

The popular Starboard in Dewey Beach, Delaware announced on Facebook that it will close at noon on Friday and will not reopen until Tuesday morning. They will be using the temporary time closed to test all of its employees for COVID-19. The decision to close was made due to an “increased exposure at our beach communities” according to the restaurants. They want to ensure the safety of their staff and their guests.

“COVID-19 is serious and aggressive action needs to be taken to prevent the spread of the virus and promote the health and safety of our families, co workers, customers, and fellow industry members.”

The Starboard Restaurant

The Starboard like all our family of restaurants is taking every pos... sible protocol we've been taught very seriously. Enforcing the wearing of face coverings, spraying all of our restaurants at nights with a hospital grade, FDA approved germ-killing solution which is a 360 degree wrap around to protect the surfaces in our restaurants, and screening employees when they arrive to work each shift with temperature checks and a series of questions.

Many comments show their support for the Starboard’s decision. 

Dockside HammerHeads also announced its closed both of its beach locations, in Dewey and Rehoboth, while it assesses the COVID-19 outbreak at the Delaware beaches.

Hammerheads Dockside

Hi everyone, We have voluntarily closed both locations while we asse... ss the Covid19 outbreak in the Delaware beach area. Conditions are rapidly changing and the uncertainty of our surroundings is increasing every minute. Out of caution, we are closing to ensure the health and safety of our staff, guests and local community.

“Conditions are rapidly changing and the uncertainty of our surroundings is increasing every minute. Out of caution, we are closing to ensure the health and safety of our staff, guests and local community. We will keep you updated on our reopening plans,” they said in a Facebook post.