Delaware Gov. John Carney announces additional COVID-19 Restrictions to challenge winter surge


DELAWARE — On Thursday, Delaware Governor John carney announced additional COVID-19 restrictions to help slow the spread of the virus in the state.

These additional restrictions include:

  • A 10 p.m. curfew will be imposed at Delaware restaurants and bars.
  • Exercise classes at gyms are limited to 10 people and exercise machines must be spaced 10 feet apart
  • Indoor gatherings at businesses or indoor spaces open to the public must be limited to the lesser of 30 percent of the venue’s stated fire capacity, or 10 people.
  • Businesses above 100,000 square feet are limited to 20 percent of stated fire capacity.
  • All other businesses, including most retail stores and all restaurants, are limited to 30 percent of stated fire capacity.
  • Retail below 5,000 square feet, all Houses of Worship, and funeral services are limited to 40 percent of stated fire capacity.

Gov. Carney says in part quote, “These additional restrictions are intended to protect Delaware’s hospital capacity and protect lives this winter.” Officials say employees are excluded from business capacity restriction calculations.

All new restrictions will take effect at 8 a.m. on Monday, December 14. Governor Carney’s fourth revision also formally authorizes previously announced restrictions: Stay-at-Home Advisory and Universal mask mandate.

Restaurants will remain at 30 percent capacity, but must have signage prominently displayed on the table stating that parties must be from the same household. Restaurants also must share messaging on masking compliance. Governor Carney’s fourth revision caps mall food courts at 20 percent of stated fire capacity, or 100 people, whichever is smaller.

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