Governor Carney Orders Additional Restrictions on Businesses, Gatherings
— New Rules Go Into Effect Monday Morning —
DECEMBER 11, 2020 —
Early last night, Governor John Carney signed the fourth revision to his omnibus emergency order, imposing additional restrictions in reaction to the recent surge of COVID-19 cases.
The new orders contain the following constraints:
- Businesses above 100,000 square feet are limited to 20% of stated fire capacity.
- All other businesses, including most retail stores and all restaurants, are limited to 30% of stated fire capacity.
- Retail below 5,000 sq. ft., all houses of worship, and funeral services are limited to 40% of stated fire capacity.
- A 10 p.m. curfew will be imposed at Delaware restaurants and bars.
- Exercise classes at gyms are limited to 10 people and exercise machines must be spaced 10 feet apart.
- Indoor gatherings at businesses or indoor spaces open to the public must be limited to the lesser of 30% of the venue’s stated fire capacity, or 10 people.
Click here to read Governor Carney’s modification.
Employees are excluded from business capacity restriction calculations.
All new restrictions will take effect at 8 a.m. on Monday, December 14.
The governor’s fourth revision also formally authorizes previously announced restrictions:
- Stay-at-Home Advisory: Delawareans are strongly advised to stay at home and not to gather with anyone outside their household from December 14-January 11 to reduce the dangerous surge of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.
- Universal mask mandate: Delawareans and visitors must wear masks anytime they are indoors with anyone outside of their household.
“These additional restrictions are intended to protect Delaware’s hospital capacity and protect lives this winter,” Governor Carney said.
The governor and the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) also on Thursday announced a zero-tolerance enforcement policy for businesses during the stay-at-home advisory. A first violation of COVID-19 restrictions will result in an immediate civil fine. A second violation will result in closure, until the establishment submits a reopening plan approved by DPH.
Restaurants will remain at 30% capacity, but must have signage prominently displayed on the table stating that parties must be from the same household. Restaurants also must share messaging on masking compliance. Governor Carney’s fourth revision caps mall food courts at 20% of stated fire capacity, or 100 people, whichever is smaller.
Click here to read Governor Carney’s full omnibus order.