Gov. Carney updates outdoor gathering limits, capacity restrictions for outdoor venues

WILMINGTON, Del. – Governor John Carney has signed the eighth revision to his COVID-19 emergency order, increasing outdoor gathering limits and easing capacity restrictions in outdoor venues.

Effective at 8 a.m. Thursday, April 1st:

  • Outdoor gatherings in spaces with no fire occupancy restrictions are limited to 150 people or higher with a plan approved by the Division of Public Health. This includes but is not limited to outdoor weddings, funerals, concerts, parades, festivals, conventions, fundraisers, sporting events, and fairs.
  • Outdoor venues with fire occupancy restrictions and with more than 100,000 square feet of public space must limit occupancy to 50 percent of stated fire capacity.
  • Outdoor venues with fire occupancy restrictions and with less than 100,000 square feet of public space must limit occupancy to 75 percent of stated fire capacity.

In addition, this revision removes the two-spectator limit for sporting events. The revision also allows the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control to issue an additional 1,000 surf fishing vehicle tags for the 2021 season.

Indoor gatherings or events at any business or indoor space open to the public remain limited to the lesser of 50 percent of stated fire occupancy or 25 people. Food and drink establishments remain at 50 percent of stated fire occupancy requirements, excluding employees.