10 p.m. restaurant, bar closing ends tonight with modification of emergency order

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Sports events can resume with traveling tourneys still under scrutiny

Gov. John Carney on Friday signed afifth revisionto theomnibusemergency order that ends the closing time restriction for bars and restaurants. The order had been seen as a response to holiday get-togethers that can draw large crowds.

The order still has a stay-at-Home advisory, indoor mask mandate and reduced capacity for public establishments.

Beginning tonight, the 10 p.m. curfew at Delaware restaurants and bars will be lifted, but establishments still must havesignageprominently displayed on the table stating that parties must be from the same household.

“As we come out of the winter holiday season, we are keeping these restrictions in place so that we can protect Delaware’s hospital capacity and protect lives,” said Carney. “We are balancing the need for a healthy community and a healthy economy, but we can’t let our guard down. Let’s all do our part, and do what works. Wear a mask. Don’t gather socially with friends or family outside your household. Stay vigilant.”

The modification also allows all games, matches, and competitions to resume, provided that the maximum occupancy is thirty percent, which includes athletes, coaches, and other employees or staff. One person may accompany an athlete and are not included in the thirty percent capacity limit. However, additional spectators are not permitted to attend.

Any individual who participates in an out-of-state tournament or competition must continue to immediately self-quarantine in accordance with state guidance from the time of entry into Delaware or for the duration of the individual’s presence in Delaware, whichever period is shorter. Cases have come out of traveling tournaments that include out of staters.

Teams participating in any practice, game, match, or competition where Covid-19 spread is identified by the Division of Public Health must immediately refrain from continued participation in practices, games, matches, or competitions and individuals must quarantine in accordance with guidance.

The updated order also authorizes DPH to issue cease and desist orders to any team with high or increasing levels of Covid-19 cases or that does not comply with the requirements in the State of Emergency order.

The State of Emergency declaration carries the force and effect of law. Delawareans and visitors also must follow local restrictions in place to limit community spread of COVID-19.

People who witness businesses not complying with the emergency order are asked to submit thisform.

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