Gov. John Carney issues stay-at-home order: What can and can’t you do?
DOVER, Del. – Residents and businesses now have less than 24 hours before Governor John Carney’s executive orders take effect.
Starting Tuesday at 8 AM all non-essential businesses are expected to close, and Delawareans will be ordered to stay at home whenever possible to help fight the spread of COVID-19. But when it comes to things like going out to get essential items like groceries and prescriptions, those are things that you can still do.
Governor Carney says any activity that is essential to your health and the health and wellbeing of your family members including pets is when you should leave your home. That includes picking up and delivering groceries or prescriptions to your loved ones, and even taking them to the doctor.
He says you can also engage in outdoor activities like running, walking or fishing, but if you plan on going outside you must adhere to social distancing guidelines. Here’s the catch though, Governor Carney tells 47 ABC if people aren’t exactly adhering to these guidelines, he may have to take further action.
“If there are certain businesses that aren’t conducting themselves with appropriate social then we’ll have to shut them down as well and tighten it up to the extent we can just to avoid that spread of the disease,” said Carney.
For pet owners out there, don’t worry, Carney says you can still go out to get food for your pets, supplies, and walk your dog. He also says that this was not an easy decision, but it’s the right decision to protect the safety of Delawareans and Delaware families.