Gov. Carney issues State of Emergency in Delaware


WILMINGTON, Del. – Governor John Carney has issued a State of Emergency to prepare for the spread of coronavirus in the state.

The declaration, which will be effective as of 8 a.m. Friday, March 13th, directs the Delaware Emergency Management Agency and the Delaware Department of Health & Social Services’ Division of Public Health to mobilize state agency resources to assist with Delaware’s response to the virus.

In addition:

  • The Delaware National Guard is required to take precautionary and responsive actions to assist with Delaware’s response to the virus
  • Event organizers in the state are advised to cancel non-essential public gatherings of 100 people or more to prevent community spread of the virus
  • The State of Delaware is allowed to conduct public meetings electronically to prevent unnecessary public gatherings
  • Price gouging, or an excessive price increase of goods or services, is prohibited during the outbreak.

This emergency declaration does not require schools or businesses to close their facilities, implement any driving restrictions in Delaware, or close state office buildings.

The full State of Emergency can be found here.

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