‘We have to reach a new normal’: Governor John Carney confident in June 1st reopening
LEWES, Del. – Governor John Carney visited Lewes on Memorial Day, giving an update on the state’s reopening slated to begin a week from Monday.
“This invisible enemy that invaded our country three or four months ago is still here, but we are in the process of getting it under control and stopping the spread,” the governor said.
Governor Carney is looking forward and moving the state of Delaware toward reopening on June first. But the governor says the conversations and decisions to get the state ready were far from easy.
“As we reopen, it’s a lot more difficult to figure out, are we ready? Do we have the conditions on the ground where businesses can safely reopen? Are people going to follow the guidance?” he said.
At the press briefing on Monday, the governor said he spent the morning in Rehoboth Beach checking on conditions and cooperation at the resort town’s beach. He says the visit gave him confidence that the state is ready to move forward.
“What I saw [on Monday] really impressed me, with respect to how folks were wearing face coverings on the boardwalk as required, and some recommended on the beach, and how on the beach folks were spread out,” the governor said.
He added that recent conversations with businesses have shown him they’re willing to take the steps to reopen as safely as possible.
“I’ve been assured by so many business owners that they can do this, they can do it safely, they will not relax, they understand that the virus is still with us,” Governor Carney said.
The governor says that he understands moving forward could pose new challenges, but he’s encouraged by the resolve Delawareans have shown over the past few months.
“I see a new attitude, I see a willingness to accept that the new normal is going to be different, but we have to reach a new normal, and recirculate,” the governor said.
At the briefing, Governor Carney said he saw photos from Ocean City over the weekend and said that’s an example of what not to do. He also says he will make an announcement tomorrow about the short term rental ban in the state.