All short-term rentals at vacation homes, hotels, motels, and condos are now prohibited to help fight the spread of COVID-19. Governor John Carney issued his 10th modification to the State of Emergency last night, banning all short-term commercial lodging through May 15th, or until the public health threat is eliminated.
Separately, Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki announced this morning that all public gathering events in Wilmington of more than 100 people are being suspended through at least the end of June.
10th modification to State of Emergency includes additional restrictions on businesses
The order exempts certain Delawareans and essential workers who may need access to short-term rental units. That list of exemptions includes caretakers with family members nearby, health care providers, journalists, and Delawareans with public housing vouchers.
Victims of domestic violence who need alternative shelter also are exempted.
Monday’s order places additional restrictions on businesses, banning door-to-door solicitation and closing pawn shops, video game stores, and other electronics retailers. The order also prohibits use of golf carts on public golf courses, which remain open with certain restrictions.
Governor Carney’s updated order takes effect at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7.
The mayor said the city has rescinded the permits for all planned events for the next three months and said, unfortunately, the cancellations or postponements could extend further into the summer and fall. The mayor noted that public gatherings in Wilmington of 10 or more people are currently prohibited throughout the State by the Governor’s State of Emergency Declaration.
Here’s a list of impacted events through June
- City of Wilmington Earth and Arbor Day – CANCELED
- 2020 Annual Citywide Clean-Up Day – CANCELED
- Peoples Spring Jam – CANCELED
- 2020 Delaware Running Festival/Marathon – postponed to August 2, 2020
- Downtown Farmers Market – postponed to July
- Wilmington Grand Prix – will be postponed, date TBD
- 2020 Wilmington Flower Market – CANCELED
- Wilmington Memorial Day Parade – CANCELED
- Clifford Brown Jazz Festival – will be postponed, date TBD
- Wilmington Greek Festival– awaiting word from planners
- St. Anthony’s Italian Festival – CANCELED
- Pirate Festival – awaiting word from planners
- Ice Cream Festival – awaiting word from NCCo
Mayor Purzycki said he deeply regrets having to rescind approvals for the many music, entertainment, cultural and festival events which have helped to define Wilmington over the years.
But he said the effects of the COVID 19 crisis are becoming more apparent each day. “The City will continue to hold out hope that life will return to normal for all of us very soon, but reality calls for some certainty regarding these events which organizers spend months planning,” said Mayor Purzycki.
The Clifford Brown Jazz Festival would have celebrated its 33rd anniversary in June.
“Cultural Affairs Director Tina Betz and I are today announcing a postponement of the iconic Clifford Brown Jazz Festival because we can’t bear to announce that we have to cancel it,” said Purzycki. “I urge all event organizers and supporters to keep their spirits up as we stand together to pull through this crisis and hope that circumstances change more quickly than anticipated.”