Governor Carney issues stay-at-home order and closure of non-essential businesses
DELAWARE– Governor John Carney issued a stay-at-home order for all Delawareans and also ordered non-essential businesses to close effective Tuesday at 8 a.m.
This order will remain in effect until May 15 or until the public health threat is eliminated.
At a press conference Sunday evening, Governor Carney made this decision to help fight the spread of the coronavirus.
“We’re acting with urgency to prevent a spike in coronavirus cases that could overwhelm our hospital system,” said Governor Carney. “Delawareans cannot go out in public unnecessarily. Wash your hands and disinfect surfaces frequently. Essential businesses that remain open must provide easy access to hand washing stations or sanitizer, enforce social distancing, and provide flexible sick leave policies for their employees. That will reduce our risk and help keep all Delawareans healthy. We’ll get through this, but we all need to pitch in and take this threat seriously.”
During this order, Delawareans will be allowed to leave their homes for essential activities, which means, to get groceries, pick up a prescription, see a doctor and engage in other activities essential to their health, and the health and wellbeing of their family members, including pets.
We are told that people can also engage in outdoor activities, but they should practice social distancing.
Leaving your home is allowed under Governor Carney’s order for essential activities. Delawareans may leave their homes to get groceries, pick up a prescription, see a doctor, and engage in other activities essential to their health, and the health and wellbeing of their family members, including pets. Delawareans may also engage in outdoor activity, but must adhere to social distancing guidelines. Additional details are available in the text of Governor Carney’s order.
Also, we are told that early next week Governor Carney and Delaware public schools will announce the next steps for school closures.
As of March 22, there have been 56 total laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Delaware since March 11.
Of the Delawareans diagnosed with COVID-19, 39 are from New Castle County, five are from Kent County, and 12 are from Sussex County.
Delaware employers with questions about how they may be impacted can email email@example.com, or call 302-577-8477 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
You can also contact the Division of Public Health’s Coronavirus Call Center at 1-866-408-1899 for COVID-19 questions.
Click here for a full list of essential and non-essential businesses, as defined by Sunday’s order.
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