Severity: Warning Alert       

Transportation: Officials in Delaware, US, extend restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19 through at least early October.

Alert Begins 08 Sep 2020 03:09 PM UTC
Alert Expires 02 Oct 2020 11:59 PM UTC

  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Delaware (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Transport and business disruptions

Delaware Governor John Carney has extended certain restrictions currently in place, as part of Phase 2 of the state's economic recovery plan due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19), through at least early October. The restrictions allow indoor gatherings of up to one person per every 2.8 square meters (30 square feet), with a maximum of 250 people, and outdoor gatherings of up to 250 people, while maintaining social-distancing measures. All residents must wear facemasks whenever near others, and residents 65 years and older, and those with underlying health conditions, should limit their time outside of their homes.

As part of Phase 2 of the state's economic reopening plan, most businesses and services are able to operate at 60-percent capacity, including:


  • Retail stores and malls


  • Personal care businesses, including barbershops and hair salons


  • Dine-in services at restaurants, bars, and other food establishments, except bars in eastern Sussex county, which are closed until further notice


  • Museums, libraries, galleries, and historical attractions


  • Casinos


  • Places of worship


  • Convention centers


Gyms and fitness centers must limit the number of customers within their facilities to 30-percent capacity. Lodging businesses must limit the number of customers in common areas to 60-percent capacity, but there is no limit on the number of guests allowed within the facilities. Childcare centers can operate with restrictions placed on the size of classrooms. Racetracks, without spectators, can operate. Beaches, and parks are also open. Essential businesses, such as grocery shops, pharmacies, banks, and fuel stations, as well as companies and nonprofits dedicated to food, security, transport, shelter, energy, and critical manufacturing, may remain open.

In eastern Sussex County, bar areas at food and drink establishments must close for service and seating, until further notice. Vehicle access to beaches at Delaware State Parks will be limited to 60-percent capacity. Schools can start the new academic year under a hybrid system, which allows for in-person and online lessons.

All businesses must implement enhanced sanitation measures, ensure social distancing, and provide the necessary protective equipment to employees. Among the businesses that must remain closed until further notice are indoor recreational venues such as arcades, dance studios, and bowling alleys, indoor children's play areas, and water parks.

Transport and business disruptions remain likely. Officials could amend the orders on short notice, depending on disease activity in the coming weeks.

Remain courteous and cooperative if approached and questioned by law enforcement officers. Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

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