Carney order allows bar seating at beach, stiffens employee mask mandate

Masks now required for weightlifters

Gov. John Carney signed the 27th modification to his State of Emergency, that loosened restrictions on bar service in beach areas, while requiring businesses to more strictly enforce mask-wearing by employees.

The administration had earlier indicated that the bar ban would be modified.

Carney’s order will take effect at 8 a.m. on Friday, September 4 in time for the Labor Day weekend.

Click here for the full provisions of the emergency order.

“For months, Delawareans have stepped up, made significant sacrifices and taken simple precautions to beat this Covid-19 virus,” said Carney. “We have made real progress. Delawareans have saved lives by taking the science seriously. Fewer Delawareans are in the hospital today because we’re following those basic precautions. But we’re not out of this fight yet. Continue to wear a face-covering in public places. Avoid large gatherings. Physically distance from others outside your household. That’s how we’ll get more Delaware children back in school and more Delawareans back to work. Stay vigilant.”

Carney’s order requires businesses to more strictly enforce face-covering requirements among their employees. Employees must have written documentation, such as a doctor’s note, supporting any accommodation that allows an employee to not wear a face covering. The order also includes additional guidance around the wearing of face coverings in restaurants and gyms.

In restaurants, Delawareans and visitors are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings when waitstaff visits a table, and whenever they are not eating or drinking. Customers must wear coverings if they leave their table and while entering or exiting the establishment.

In gyms and other exercise facilities, Delawareans must wear face coverings when they are not engaged in vigorous physical activity. Vigorous physical activity – or high-intensity exercise – is defined as a physical activity done with a large amount of effort, resulting in a substantially higher heart rate and rapid breathing. Delawareans must wear face coverings while weight-lifting, which is not considered vigorous physical activity, and everyone is strongly encouraged to wear face coverings at all times in gyms.

Bars in Delaware beach communities may reopen on Friday for food service with significant safety precautions. Reservations are required for bar service, and food must be ordered. Patrons must maintain six feet social distance from non-household members.

Business not in compliance can be reported with this form.

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