Limits for indoor gatherings raised in Del.

WILMINGTON, Del. – On Friday, Governor John Carney signed the seventh modification to his Omnibus Emergency Order, increasing gathering limits for indoor events with restrictions in place.

Under the latest order, the limit on gatherings at businesses and other indoor spaces is raised from the current limit of 10 people to a maximum of 25 people or 50 percent of stated fire occupancy restrictions, whichever is less. Organizers may submit a plan to the Division of Public Health should they wish to host larger events of up to 150 people.

Outdoor gatherings are limited to 50 people, or up to 250 with an approved plan from DPH. The limit for private indoor gatherings or events, such as dinner parties, house parties, and birthday parties, remains at 10 people.

Event organizers must email DPH at at least one week prior to the event for permission to host gatherings of more people. Businesses and other event hosts also must continue to follow state and local COVID-19 restrictions, including masking and social distancing requirements. Indoor gatherings with fewer than 25 people and outdoor gatherings with fewer than 50 people do not require a plan, but must follow all other applicable requirements to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

This order also raises the group exercise class capacity to 15 people, excluding staff.

Governor Carney also extended the COVID-19 emergency order another 30 days.

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