Governor John Carney announced today that the COVID-19 stay-at-home order will be lifted, effective June 1. Also, the ban on short-term rentals and the mandatory 14-day quarantine for out-of-state travelers will be lifted on the same day.
Carney further announced on Tuesday that outdoor gatherings of up to 250 people, including weddings and outdoor graduation ceremonies, will be permitted in Delaware on June 1 with basic public health precautions in place to protect against spread of COVID-19.
Cloth face coverings must be worn in accordance with governor’s State of Emergency declaration, and individuals must maintain social distance of at least 6 feet from anyone outside of their household.
The State of Delaware will release guidance later this week on summer school programs and summer camps.
Gatherings over 250 individuals are not permitted during Phase 1, effective June 1. However, organizers of planned outdoor large gatherings and events may apply to host a large gathering or event by submitting a plan to the Delaware Division of Small Business at least seven days prior to the event. The Delaware Department of Education will release guidance for outdoor graduations later today.
For seven weeks, all short-term rentals at vacation homes, hotels, motels, and condos have been prohibited to help fight the spread of the coronavirus.
It was part of the governor’s 10th modification to his COVID-19 State of Emergency, effective at 8 p.m. on April 7.
Already the short-term rental ban has impacted the lucrative vacation home rental market at downstate beaches.
Earlier today, Thomas McGlone, a rental specialist at Seachange Vacation Rentals/Sales in Rehoboth Beach, described the past impact on the rental industry as “terrible” because of conflicting information.
“As a result, we [had people who] were coming in July and August, who are afraid that they’re not going to come, who are potentially looking to cancel or defer their vacation to next year and that’s because the communication has been so conflicting,” McGlone said.
“You know there’s information from the state. There’s information from the city of Rehoboth. These towns are doing different things. Lewes is doing something maybe different than what Rehoboth is doing. And as a result, it’s very confusing for a guest,” McGlone said.
Guests impacted by COVID-19, who booked a reservation with Seachange Vacation Rental, can get a credit for a stay at same property until December of next year.
Even though the beaches are open, people still must maintain at least 6 feet of distance between themselves and anyone outside their household. Face coverings must be worn on the boardwalk and are encouraged on the beach.
Community swimming pools are limited to 20 percent of regular capacity. Swim lessons or practices of swim teams are not permitted.
Ice cream shops and trucks at the beach were allowed to open May 15.