Governor Carney Announces Additional COVID-19 Restrictions


Governor John Carney on Tuesday, November 17  announced additional restrictions statewide to slow community spread of COVID-19, as Delaware and the country experience a surge of cases, hospitalizations and deaths heading into the winter months. The restrictions will be formally issued in a revision to the Governor’s omnibus emergency order later this week.

Governor Carney’s order will include the following restrictions, which take effect at 8 a.m. on Monday, November 23:

  • Indoor gatherings in homes must be capped at no more than 10 people.
  • Indoor gatherings outside of homes must be limited to 30% of the venue’s stated fire capacity, up to a cap of 50 people. This includes all events, such as weddings, funerals, services in houses of worship, performances, political gatherings, and events in public spaces including fire halls.
  • Outdoor public gatherings are limited to 50 people. Up to 250 may be allowed with a plan approved by the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH).
  • Restaurants must operate at no more than 30% of fire capacity indoors, with allowances for additional outdoor seating.

The order includes a provision prohibiting Delaware teams from traveling across states lines for tournaments.

Governor Carney’s order will also prohibit Delaware youth sports organizations, teams and venues from hosting or participating in tournaments with out-of-state teams, effective at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 1.

You can read Governor Carney’s press release here.

Based on a weekly review of publicly available data, the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) continues to recommend that K-12 public schools operate in a hybrid model with a mix of in-person and remote instruction.

Click here to view the letter Senate Minority Leader Gerald Hocker and House Minority Leader Danny Short sent to the governor last week following remarks he made in his Tuesday, 11/10 press conference where he alluded to possible new restrictions. While the leaders share Governor Carney’s concern about the continued spread of COVID-19, they also urged him to consider the negative impact stricter economic guidelines would have on Delaware’s small business community and citizens.