Delaware to see Phase 1 openings of restaurants, stores on June 1


Gov.  John Carney on Friday announced that restaurants, stores, and other businesses can fully open on June 1 at sharply reduced capacities during a Phase I period.

Businesses opening during  Phase 1 – including restaurant and retail establishments – would limit capacity to 30 percent of fire code occupancy, excluding staff. Employees who have been telecommuting should continue to do so wherever possible, and employers should close common areas where employees are likely to congregate.

Carney also issued guidance for Phase 1 of Delaware’s rolling reopening. (See document below).

Click here for full Phase 1 guidance.

Delaware has implementing a rolling reopening of the economy — permitting establishments to open, if they can do in accordance with guidance from the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“We’re all ready to get our economy going again, and to spend more time with our friends and loved ones,” said  Carney. “Since Day 1 of this crisis, Delaware’s response to COVID-19 has been driven by the science. We can’t have a healthy, functioning economy again until our communities are healthy. There is good news. Delawareans have worked together, stayed home, and saved lives. Your actions have driven down cases and hospitalizations statewide. That will help us reopen Delaware’s economy safely in the coming weeks – while protecting the most vulnerable Delawareans.

As Delaware enters Phase I, Delawareans must still wear face coverings in public settings. Delawareans and Delaware businesses also must adhere to  social distancing requirements, and follow basic hygiene practices, including frequent hand washing, Carney stated.

Vulnerable Delawareans should continue to shelter in place during Phase 1.

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