Gov. John Carney on Friday formally extended the State of Emergency declaration and announced a partnership with the social network Nextdoor.
The extension had been expected as coronavirus cases and deaths continue to increase. Under Delaware law, the declaration can be extended every thirty days.
Also on Friday, Governor Carney released guidance from the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) on worship services.
Delawareans were urged to celebrate the holiday weekend only with their immediate family members to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
No more than 10 individuals — including clergy, staff, and participants — may be present inside a religious facility during any service.
Governors have not been inclined to enforce any ban on large religious gatherings.
“This is a difficult weekend as we continue to fight the spread of COVID-19 in Delaware,” saidCarney. “I know that so many Delaware families across our state – including mine – traditionally celebrate Easter and Passover surrounded by family. This year will be much different for all of us. The best thing you can do this weekend is stay home. Celebrate with your immediate family members. Protect your family – especially those who are immunocompromised – by not putting them at greater risk. Don’t gather in large groups. Call to check in on your parents and grandparents and connect virtually with family and friends. We’ll get through this, but it’s going to take all of us.”
Nextdoor is a neighborhood social networking platform that allows Delawareans to exchange information, goods, and services with their neighbors. Governor Carney’s office plans to share public health updates, links to various resources, and important messages around the State of Emergency on the platform.
Delawareans can also continue to visit de.gov/coronavirus for the latest information on COVID-19 in Delaware, and the State of Delaware’s response.
Delawareans are advised not to use Nextdoor to request police or emergency services. If you require police or emergency services, call 911.
The declaration includes a stay-at-home order for Delawareans and mandatory 14-day quarantine for out-of-state travelers
Criminal penalties are possible and police are authorized to pull over out of state motorists not traveling on the interstate system.