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Delaware State COVID-19 Update

  • $500 Grant:  Kent County Levy Court Establishes a Covid Relief Fund: 
    Dover, Del. - What grew out of a request for assistance from the Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce to help businesses acquire Personal Protective Equipment and cleaning supplies, became the establishment of the Covid-19 Business Relief Fund. At the May 12, 2020 Combined Business and Committee Meetings, Levy Court Commissioners voted in solidarity to establish the Fund that would help small business owners as they re-open their businesses.    Read more  http://www.co.kent.de.us/media/989800/Application-Form-Fillable.pdf

COVID-19 Information for DE Small Businesses

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Click here for General and industry-specific guidelines for Phase 1 business operations

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The Division of Small Business outlined a number of very innovative loan and grant programs that they have been offering. They have created an interactive Coronavirus Business Help Portal at: https://business.delaware.gov/coronavirus/, which outlines information about all said programs available to small businesses. They even have an interactive map of non-essential businesses that are offering take out and/or online ordering despite their stores being closed to the public. They are also hosting a #TakeoutTuesday contest where members can post a photo of takeout from their favorite local eatery, and be eligible for a weekly $50 drawing from the Division of Small Business.

Delaware Governor John Carney

Governor Carney Announces Additional Interim Steps for Retail, Restaurant Businesses to Expand Operations

All retail establishments may operate by appointment beginning tomorrow; restaurants can apply to expand outdoor seating effective June 1

 

WILMINGTON, Del. –  Governor John Carney on Tuesday announced additional steps allowing retail establishments and restaurants to expand operations – while maintaining social distancing to prevent spread of COVID-19.

 

Under the interim steps announced on Tuesday, all retail establishments in Delaware may operate by appointment only beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 20. Restaurants, bars, taprooms and craft breweries may also apply to expand outdoor seating capacity to safely serve additional customers when the businesses reopen next month. Applications to expand outdoor seating capacity will be available on Friday, May 22, and expansions would be authorized to begin on June 1.

 

Delaware retailers and restaurants are scheduled to open their indoor spaces at 30 percent of stated fire capacity duringPhase 1 of Delaware’s economic reopening, beginning June 1. The additional interim steps announced on Tuesday will give retailers and restaurants additional new ways to safely expand their operations by appointment and outdoors. 

 

“This is another step forward in the rolling reopening of Delaware’s economy,” said Governor Carney. “It’s our hope that these additional steps will safely bring some relief to Delaware businesses and workers who have made real financial sacrifices during this COVID-19 crisis. But as we reopen, Delawareans should stay vigilant. Keep your distance from others. Wear a face covering in public settings. Wash or sanitize your hands frequently. That’s how we’ll limit community spread of COVID-19 and get Delaware’s economy back going again.”

 

Retail establishments covered by Tuesday’s announcement – including but not limited to clothing and shoe stores, used merchandise retailers and florists – may accept two appointments per half hour and must adhere to strict social distancing and cleaning guidance from the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

 

Under Tuesday’s order, all Delaware food and drink establishments may apply to their local municipal or county jurisdiction to expand their outdoor seating capacity. Plans for adding outdoor capacity must consider local traffic patterns and noise ordinances. Boundaries must be clearly defined to prevent beverages from being carried offsite. Applicants that hold a liquor license must also have their plans reviewed by the Office of Alcoholic Beverage Control prior to receiving approval.

 

For additional details about Delaware’s economic reopening, visit de.gov/economy. Application details will be available on the site starting Friday. 

 

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.

 

Health or medically-related COVID-19 questions can also be submitted by email at DPHCall@delaware.gov.

 

DPH will continue to update the public as more information becomes available. For the latest on Delaware’s response, go to de.gov/coronavirus.

 

Delaware Governor John Carney

Governor Carney Issues Guidance for Churches, Houses of Worship

Churches are encouraged to hold virtual services; 30 percent occupancy allowed for services inside houses of worship

WILMINGTON, Del. – Governor John Carney on Monday issued updated guidance for churches and other houses of worship in Delaware. The guidance – created in coordination with the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) and the Delaware Council of Faith-Based Partnerships – encourages virtual services but expands the ability for churches and other houses of worship to conduct in-person services with restrictions.

Gatherings must be limited to 30 percent of stated fire code occupancy. Strict social distancing must be maintained. High-risk Delawareans, including those over 65-years-old, and anyone who is sick should not attend in-person services. Anyone 13-years-old or older must wear a face covering. Children 2-years-old and younger should not wear a face covering due to risk of suffocation.

Read Delaware’s full guidance for churches and other houses of worship.

Read Governor Carney’s latest modification to the State of Emergency Declaration.

“All of Delaware’s restrictions – including those inside our churches and other houses of worship – are intended to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and save lives,” said Governor Carney. “I know it’s difficult. Practicing your faith is a fundamental right. But Delawareans who are at higher risk should not attend in-person services. Do your best to practice your faith virtually. Wear a cloth face covering if you attend an in-person service. Remain at least six feet away from others. Wash or sanitize your hands frequently. Now’s not the time for Delawareans to let up.”

Service or gathering times must be staggered to permit cleaning of public spaces between services, in accordance with guidance from DPH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Exchange of materials of any kind during services is strongly discouraged. Baptisms, weddings and funerals are permitted if the services can follow precautions in the updated guidance.

Under Governor Carney’s stay-at-home order, churches and other houses of worship are essential, but must adhere to basic safety precautions to protect congregants from COVID-19 infection and transmission.

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.

Health or medically-related COVID-19 questions can also be submitted by email at DPHCall@delaware.gov.

DPH will continue to update the public as more information becomes available. For the latest on Delaware’s response, go to de.gov/coronavirus.

Delaware Governor John Carney

Governor Carney Releases Phase 1 Economic Reopening Guidance

Phase 1 of Delaware’s Recovery will begin June 1

 

WILMINGTON, Del. – Governor John Carney on Friday released guidance for Phase 1 of Delaware’s rolling reopening. Delaware’s Phase 1 reopening plan provides general and sector-specific guidance for Delawareans and Delaware businesses.

 

Phase 1 of Delaware’s economic reopening will begin on June 1.

 

Delaware has been implementing a rolling reopening of the economy — permitting establishments to open, if they can do so safely in accordance with guidance from the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

 

Click here for full Phase 1 guidance.

 

“We’re all ready to get our economy going again, and to spend more time with our friends and loved ones,” said Governor Carney. “Since Day 1 of this crisis, Delaware’s response to COVID-19 has been driven by the science. We can’t have a healthy, functioning economy again until our communities are healthy. There is good news. Delawareans have worked together, stayed home, and saved lives. Your actions have driven down cases and hospitalizations statewide. That will help us reopen Delaware’s economy safely in the coming weeks - while protecting the most vulnerable Delawareans.

 

“As we move through this rolling reopening, we have to stay vigilant,” said Governor Carney. “We have to keep our distance from one another. Wash our hands frequently. Wear face coverings in public places. This is an unusual time, for sure. But these basic precautions will help us limit the spread of COVID-19 and protect Delawareans.”

 

As Delaware enters Phase I, Delawareans must still wear face coverings in public settings. Delawareans and Delaware businesses also must adhere to strict social distancing requirements, and follow basic hygiene practices, including frequent hand washing.

 

Vulnerable Delawareans should continue to shelter in place during Phase 1.

 

Businesses that will open during Phase 1 – including restaurant and retail establishments – generally must limit capacity to 30 percent of fire code occupancy, excluding staff. Employees who have been telecommuting should continue to do so wherever possible, and employers should close common areas where employees are likely to congregate.

 

Click here for full Phase 1 guidance

 

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.

 

Health or medically-related COVID-19 questions can also be submitted by email at DPHCall@delaware.gov.

 

DPH will continue to update the public as more information becomes available. For the latest on Delaware’s response, go to de.gov/coronavirus.

 

 

DPH will continue to update the public as more information becomes available. For the latest on Delaware’s response, go to de.gov/coronavirus.

Click here for the May 5th update from Governor Carney


Delaware Governor John Carney

Governor Carney Announces Public Engagement Around Economic Reopening, Recovery

 

WILMINGTON, Del. — Governor John Carney on Thursday announced a statewide public engagement strategy focused on Delaware's economic reopening and recovery effort due to COVID-19. 

 

Visit de.gov/economy to learn more and to help shape Delaware's economic recovery effort.

 

Delaware Governor John Carney

Governor Carney Requires Delawareans to Wear Face Coverings in Public Settings

Children 2-years-old and younger should not wear face coverings due to suffocation risk

 

WILMINGTON, Del. – Governor John Carney on Saturday issued the thirteenth modification to his State of Emergency declaration, requiring Delawareans to wear face coverings in public settings, including in grocery stores, convenience stores, pharmacies, doctor's offices, and on public transportation.

 

Governor Carney's order does not require children aged 12 or younger to wear a face covering. Any child 2-years-old or younger MUST NOT wear a face covering, due to the risk of suffocation. 

 

Read Governor Carney's modified order, which is effective 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 28.

 

Click here for resources about face coverings.

 

“Now is not the time for Delawareans to get complacent,” said Governor Carney. “We face a very serious situation, with additional cases of COVID-19 and hospitalizations statewide. All of our actions are guided by science, and intended to save lives. Wearing a face covering in public settings is important to prevent transmission of this disease. But wearing a face covering is not permission to go out in public more often. Delawareans should stay home unless it's absolutely necessary to go out for essential work or essential items. Don’t go out in public unnecessarily. You will only increase your risk - and the risk to your family, friends, and neighbors.”

 

Under Governor Carney's modified order, businesses must also take certain steps to keep their employees and customers safe. 

 

By 8:00 a.m. on Friday, May 1, businesses must:

  • Require employees to wear a face covering while working in areas open to the public and in areas where coming within 6 feet of other staff is likely.
  • Provide, at the business' expense, face coverings and hand sanitizer for their employees.
  • Deny entry to individuals who do not have a face covering - or if one is not available for them.
  • If any business denying entry is providing medication, medical supplies, or food, the business must provide alternate methods of pickup or delivery. 

Delawareans are urged to use cloth face coverings and reserve medical-grade masks for use by health care workers and first responders. Medical-grade masks include N95, KN95, surgical, or other masks that would be appropriate for a health care setting.

Delawareans wearing a face covering should practice strict hand-washing before and after touching the face covering, according to the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH). Face coverings are not a replacement for washing hands, practicing physical distancing, and staying home. Delawareans who are sick should wear a face covering over their nose and mouth if they must be around other people – even while at home.

“Wearing a face covering is not a substitute for existing guidance around hand-washing and social distancing,” saidDr. Karyl Rattay, Director of the Delaware Division of Public Health. “Delawareans should stay at home whenever possible, only leaving for essential activities. Wash your hands. Keep 6-10 feet between yourself and others.”

Governor Carney's State of Emergency has the full force and effect of law. The stay-at-home order, and mandatory quarantine for out-of-state travelers, remain in place. Violations of the emergency order, or any of its modifications, constitute a criminal offense.

Delawareans with questions about COVID-19, related to medical or social service needs, should call 2-1-1; or 7-1-1 for individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the weekends. Questions may also be submitted by email atDPHCall@delaware.gov.

DPH will continue to update the public as more information becomes available. For the latest on Delaware’s response, visit: de.gov/coronavirus.  

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Save Small Business grants program provides $5,000 grants for businesses located in economically vulnerable communities with staff size of 2-20. The application process is simple, requiring only your business’s W-9 form, and the Foundation predicts it will take 10 minutes to complete. Grants will be awarded on a weekly basis, but you only need to apply once to be in the running. The application form opens at 2 p.m. Central Standard Time on Monday, April 20, and we encourage you to apply as close to that time as possible. Find more information and the link to apply at: https://savesmallbusiness.com/

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