MAY 14, 2021 — As of next Friday (May 21), Gov. John Carney is lifting Delaware’s face covering mandate.
Presently, the governor’s State of Emergency orders require Delawareans and visitors to wear face coverings anytime they are indoors with other people that are not members of their households.
The governor’s modification follows new masking guidance issued on Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The CDC guidance advises that fully vaccinated people can stop wearing masks in most places indoors and outdoors, except in crowded settings, including on public transit, planes, in schools, health care facilities and congregate settings like prison facilities and homeless shelters.
On Friday, May 21, Governor Carney also will lift all remaining mask requirements outdoors.
Those who are not fully vaccinated, including children not yet eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine, are urged by the CDC to continue to wear masks when around others who are outside their immediate households. To find a vaccination site, use this link: de.gov/getmyvaccine
Governor Carney also formally extended his State of Emergency declaration another 30 days — the 15th occasion on which he has renewed it. Delaware has been under a State of Emergency since March 12, 2020 (428 days).