Starting on Tuesday your trip to the grocery store or pharmacy will require the use of a face mask — that’s everyone visiting a store and working there.
Governor Carney issued his 13th amendment to the State of Emergency declaration late this afternoon requiring face coverings in public settings including grocery stores, convenience stores, pharmacies, doctor’s offices, and while using public transportation.
The order goes into effect at 8 am on Tuesday, April 28. The order applies only to people age 13 years and older.
Some businesses may scramble to comply with the order — many businesses right now don’t have masks for all employees, and costs for supplying those masks for employees will be absorbed by the employer.
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.
Pennsylvania already requires essential businesses to provide masks, and their customers are also required to wear them. And Maryland requires all people over the age of 9 to wear masks.
You can learn how to make face coverings and understand proper usage by visiting the state’s coronavirus website.
A TSD reader shared this video showing simple steps to making your own mask:
Governor John Carney said his latest action was guided by science and intended to save lives by reducing transmission of the 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,” he said.
Governor Carney’s State of Emergency has the full force and effect of law, including the stay-at-home order, and mandatory quarantine for out-of-state travelers. Violations of the emergency order, or any of its modifications, constitute a criminal offense.