Gov. Carney extends emergency mask requirement in Del. schools

Dorchester Mask Decision

WILMINGTON, Del. – Governor Johnn Carney, alongside Department of Education and Department of Health and Social Services officials, announced on Wednesday that the State of Delaware will extend the emergency masking requirement in public and private K-12 schools until February 8th.

The current emergency masking regulation is set to expire on December 10th, with an option to extend the order another 60 days. The extension will be formalized later this month.

The Department of Education and Division of Health and Social Services regulations previously proposed in the Register of Regulations will be amended and reposted without the masking requirements.

“Delaware children from kindergarten through high school are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccination, which will go a long way in protecting the health of students, educators, and school communities statewide,” said Governor Carney. “It’s our hope that, by February, we will be able to lift the state mask requirement. Our focus over the coming weeks and months will be on increasing Delaware’s vaccination rates. That’s how we’ll finally move past this pandemic. These vaccines are free, safe, and extremely protective against the COVID-19 virus. Getting the shot will keep Delaware’s children protected, and keep them in school. I’d encourage all eligible Delawareans to get their shot.”

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