Governor Carney announces mask mandate in schools, childcare facilities
WILMINGTON, Del. – Governor John Carney announced on Tuesday that everyone kindergarten age and older in K-12 schools and childcare homes and centers in Delaware must wear face coverings indoors beginning Monday, August 16th, regardless of vaccination status.
This requirement covers both public and private schools in Delaware. Childcare centers and homes are strongly encouraged to require masks for children 2-years-old to kindergarten inside of their facilities to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Children younger than 2 years should not wear face coverings due to the risk of suffocation.
The statewide mask requirement in schools is consistent with guidance from the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics, and will help all Delaware students safely return to classrooms full time this fall.
In addition, Governor Carney announced that state employees and visitors to Delaware state facilities must wear masks indoors starting Monday, August 16th. This will apply to all individuals regardless of vaccination status.
Also on Tuesday, Governor Carney formally extended the Public Health Emergency order to allow the State of Delaware and medical providers to continue COVID-19 vaccination and testing programs. Public Health Emergency declarations must be renewed every 30 days in Delaware.