Carney talks about Phase 2 opening, protests and coronavirus

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Personal care business ban to be lifted on June 8

Gov. John Carney announced that Phase 2 of the state’s reopening process is now slated to begin on June 15.

Carney also announced that personal care businesses – salons, massage centers, tattoo parlors, nail salons, facial care will be able to open on June 8 by appointment.

Carney also announced that Phase 2 of the state’s reopening will occur on June 15. Carney said the first day of Phase 1 went well based on conversations with mayors and a visit to Trolley Square in Wilmington for takeout.

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Governor releases guide to Phase 2 openings

The governor said a large number of diners, many outdoors, made him “a little nervous and happy.”

Phase 1 allowed retail businesses, restaurants, and other businesses to open at 30 percent of capacity. The state also asked counties and municipalities to allow for the expansion of outdoor dining areas so restaurants could accommodate more diners.

The changes come as the state sharply expands coronavirus testing and launches a full-scale contact tracing program that seeks out individuals who have been exposed to an individual with coronavirus.

Testing is now taking place in Wilmington high rise apartments that house mainly elderly residents who may be vulnerable to the diseases.

Carney said the testing is necessary in containing outbreaks that are expected to occur.

Carney said Delaware needs to work on both dealing with coronavirus and challenges arising from income inequity and relationships with law enforcement following the videotaped death of George Floyd by a Minneapolis Police officer who kneeled on Floyd’s neck.

Carney said he was taken aback by Monday’s phone call with the Trump administration. According to Carney, the call is generally handled by Vice President Mike Pence. This time around, President Donald Trump took the governors to task for not responding forcefully to looting.

Both Carney and Delaware Division of Public Health Director Dr. Karyl Rattay continue to emphasize the use of face coverings.

Some social media posts have claimed that masks are not effective. That notion has been disputed by health officials both at the state and national levels..

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