Senior centers, driver education services get reopening green light from state

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Contact tracing sign-ups must now be offered by food and drink establishments

Gov. John Carney on Friday signed the 24th modification to his State of Emergency declaration, allowing driver education services to resume immediately, with safety measures in place to discourage transmission of Covid-19

The modification also allows senior centers to open with safety precautions at 30 percent capacity.

The order also requires restaurants to offer an optional sign-up feature that could be used in contact tracing.

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According to the updated emergency order, personal driving schools and instruction may reopen, provided that at maximum the vehicle contains one adult and one student in the front driver and passenger seats, and one additional person in the back seat. All occupants must wear face coverings at all times. Windows should be open as much as possible to help air exchange within the vehicle.

Bars and restaurants are now also required to give customers the option to leave information on file to help with contact tracing in the event of a positive case being linked to the establishment. Tracing known contacts of positive cases helps public health officials trace the transmission of the virus and prevent larger outbreaks. Restaurants are not required to deny service to customers who choose not to provide contact information.

Questions can be submitted by email at DPHCall@delaware.gov.

Reports of violations related to Covid-19 can Email HSPContact@delaware.gov.

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