New, Less Severe COVID Restrictions in Effect

Posted on 05-25-2021

Earlier this month, Governor John Carney announced an easing of COVID-19 restrictions he previously imposed under his ongoing State of Emergency declaration. Here is a brief recap of the new rules that went into effect today.
  • Businesses can now operate at 100% capacity, but three feet of social distancing is still required between customers/patrons.
  • Vaccinated people no longer have to wear a mask indoors or outdoors, with the following exceptions:
  • State buildings
  • Public transit
  • Planes
  • Schools and child care facilities
  • Health care facilities
  • Congregate settings (prisons, homeless shelters)
  • Businesses may still impose their own mask requirements for customers and employees.
  • The Governor’s Office is urging unvaccinated and partially vaccinated individuals to continue to wear masks in public settings or whenever around others that are not part of their immediate households.
According to the Department of Health and Social Services, Delaware’s COVID-19 indicators continue to trend downward. The agency reported on Friday afternoon:
  • The seven-day average of new positive cases decreased to 115.3 as of Thursday (5/20).
  • The seven-day average for the percentage of persons who tested positive for COVID-19 as of Thursday (5/20) was 13.8% — a decrease from 15% the previous Thursday.
  • As of Tuesday (5/18) the seven-day average for the percentage of total tests that were positive was 3.6% — a decrease from 3.8% recorded a week earlier. (There is a two-day data lag for reporting this metric.)
  • 74 individuals are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19 in Delaware, down six from this time last week. Ten of the hospitalized persons are critically ill, up five from last week.