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New restrictions designed to stall the rise of COVID-19 cases, which are starting to clog hospitals with patients, are aimed at shopping, gyms, indoor gatherings and restaurants and bars.

Delaware has been posting record numbers of new cases, including 945 on Thursday. The number of those hospitalized was at 349 Friday with 44 in critical condition.

To combat the spread of the virus, Carney announced Thursday night that as of 8 a.m. Monday, Dec. 14:

 

  • A 10 p.m. curfew will be imposed at Delaware restaurants and bars.
  • Businesses above 100,000 square feet are limited to 20 percent of stated fire capacity. 
  • All other businesses, including most retail stores and all restaurants, are limited to 30 percent of stated fire capacity. 
  • Retail below 5,000 square feet, all houses of worship, and funeral services are limited to 40 percent of stated fire capacity. 
  • A 10 p.m. curfew will be imposed at Delaware restaurants and bars.
  • Exercise classes at gyms are limited to 10 people and exercise machines must be spaced 10 feet apart
  • Indoor gatherings at businesses or indoor spaces open to the public must be limited to the lesser of 30 percent of the venue’s stated fire capacity, or 10 people.

 

 Employees are excluded from business capacity restriction calculations. 

Restaurants will remain at 30 percent capacity, but must have signage prominently displayed saying parties must be from the same household. Restaurants also must share messaging on masking compliance.

The new orders cap mall food courts at 20 percent of stated fire capacity, or 100 people, whichever is smaller, the release said.

Carney and the Delaware Division of Public Health on Thursday also said they would have a zero-tolerance enforcement policy for businesses during the Stay-at-Home advisory.

A first violation of COVID-19 restrictions will result in an immediate civil fine, the release said. A second violation will result in closure, until the establishment submits a reopening plan approved by public health.

 

His announcement also included:

  • Stay-at-Home Advisory: Delawareans are strongly advised to stay at home and not to gather with anyone outside their household from Dec. 14-Jan. 11 to reduce the dangerous surge of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.
  • Universal mask mandate: Delawareans and visitors must wear masks anytime they are indoors with anyone outside of their household.

“These additional restrictions are intended to protect Delaware’s hospital capacity and protect lives this winter,” Carney said in the press release. “Health care workers are on the job around the clock, caring for the sick. We all need to follow their lead and do our part to protect others.

“Don’t gather with anyone outside of your household. Any interaction is riskier when community spread is at current levels. Wear a mask whenever you’re around someone outside your household – even if they’re family or friends. Wash or sanitize your hands frequently. COVID-19 can cause serious illness and worse, especially for our most vulnerable friends, family members, and neighbors. Please take this seriously.”

 

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