Governor Carney Announces Major Changes To COVID-19 Restrictions In Delaware

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Effective Friday, May 21st Governor Carney announced that most capacity restrictions for restaurants, retail, other business establishments, and houses of worship will be lifted. He also stated that Delawareans should continue to follow all CDC mask guidelines. Facilities will be able to use as much capacity as social distancing requirements will allow.

Other changes include:

• Masks will still be required indoors to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

• Outdoors, Delawareans should follow masking guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Risk for COVID-19 spread increases in large crowds that include unvaccinated people. In those cases, CDC recommends that everyone continue to wear a mask. DPH may require masks for crowded venues and large gatherings including concerts, sporting events, etc.

• Social distancing requirements will move from 6 feet to 3 feet.

• Customers must continue to remain seated indoors and outdoors at bars and restaurants unless a plan for dance floors and other areas is approved by DPH, and distancing of at least 3 feet should be maintained.

• Events over 250 people indoors and outdoors will still require plan approval from DPH to ensure compliance with basic precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
At the Press Conference, Governor Carney stated that “COVID-19 is still circulating in our communities, but we have the tools to prevent severe illness and hospitalization. Get vaccinated. And ask your friends and family if they’ve gotten their shot. That’s the best thing you can do to protect yourself and those you love.”

It is reported that 43% of Delaware residents have received one COVID-19 vaccine and 32% are fully vaccinated.

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