Wear a mask poster

Wearing masks and maintaining a social distance of at least 6 feet is the best way to interact with other people while in public, in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Delaware Gov. John Carney on Friday signed the fifth revision to the omnibus emergency order, continuing the recent holiday restrictions indefinitely, including the Stay-at-Home advisory and universal indoor mask mandate, to combat the recent increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations in Delaware.

Beginning Friday, Jan. 8, the 10 p.m. curfew at Delaware restaurants and bars will be lifted, but establishments still must have signage prominently displayed on the table stating that parties must be from the same household and share messaging on masking compliance. (Businesses can find printable DPH health signage at https://coronavirus.delaware.gov/restrictions/printable-signs.)

“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 updated 27th modification can be downloaded here (https://governor.delaware.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2021/01/Fifth-Revision-to-the-27th-Modification-of-the-Declaration-of-a-SOE-State-of-Delaware-01082021.pdf).

The modification also allows all games, matches, and competitions to resume, provided that the maximum occupancy is 30 percent, which includes athletes, coaches and other employees or staff. One person may accompany an athlete and are not included in the 30 percent capacity limit, but 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 DPH guidance from the time of entry into Delaware or for the duration of the individual’s presence in Delaware, whichever period is shorter. 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 DPH 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.

Carney’s State of Emergency declaration carries the full force and effect of law. Delawareans and visitors also must follow local restrictions in place to limit community spread of COVID-19. The full omnibus order is online and currently being updated to reflect the recent modification (https://governor.delaware.gov/health-soe/twenty-seventh-modification-state-of-emergency-declaration).

Anyone with a question about COVID-19, whether related to medical or social service needs, should call Delaware 2-1-1. Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing can text their ZIP code to 898-211. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Individuals can report a business for COVID-19 non-compliance at (https://coronavirus.delaware.gov/contact).

The Division of Public Health continues posting updates on Delaware’s response at de.gov/coronavirus.