Governor releases guide to Phase 2 openings

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Gov. John Carney offered more details on the previously announced plans for Phase 2 reopening.

Phase 2 becomes effective at 8 a.m. on Monday, June 15.

Retail establishments, restaurants and other businesses that were permitted to open at 30 percent of stated fire capacity in Phase 1 may expand to 60 percent in Phase 2. The figure was higher than the 50 percent that had been anticipated.

A number of restaurants did not open under Phase 1, due to the 30 percent occupancy figure.

Child care facilities will be allowed to open for all Delaware families during Phase 2, with restrictions on group sizes and additional social distancing and cleaning protocols.

The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) continues to encourage Delawareans to work from home during Phase 2 of the economic reopening. Delaware families who can keep their children at home during Phase 2 of the reopening are encouraged to do so, to help limit group sizes and prevent transmission of coronavirus

Below is a guide to Phase 2. The file may not be visible on some Windows-based computers You can also access the file by clicking here.

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“As businesses reopen and more Delawareans head back to work, it’s important to remember that COVID-19 is still active in Delaware,” said Carney. “Delawareans need to remain vigilant. Keep distance from others outside your household. Wash and sanitize your hands frequently. Wear a face covering in public settings, and act with a sense of community. This pandemic is not over. Now’s not the time to let up.”

Carney announced a rolling reopening of personal care service businesses – including tattoo shops and massage therapy services. Personal care businesses may open at 30 percent of stated fire occupancy at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, June 8. Personal care businesses had lobbied for reopening after hair salons got the green light on June 1. Personal care service businesses and exercise facilities will remain at 30 percent of stated fire occupancy in Phase 2.

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