Governor Carney Issues Universal Indoor Mask Mandate

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Governor John Carney today signed a revision to his State of Emergency (SOE) declaration requiring all Delawareans to wear masks in indoor public settings, including convenience stores, grocery stores, gyms, restaurants, bars, hair salons, malls, and casinos.

The mask requirement takes effect at 8 a.m. tomorrow (Tuesday, January 11). Masks are not required outdoors or while eating or drinking in restaurants and bars, but otherwise should be worn. Churches and other houses of worship are exempted from the mask requirement.

Businesses responsible for indoor settings open to the public are encouraged to provide disposable masks to customers who don’t have them and to post signage about the indoor mask requirement.

Governor Carney also announced today that he is indefinitely extending mask requirements in Delaware public and private schools and child care facilities. That mandate had been set to expire in early February.

Additionally, the governor today deployed 70 National Guard members to assist with non-clinical operations inside Delaware hospitals. In total, more than 300 members of the Delaware National Guard are assisting with COVID-19 response efforts. Roughly 110 Guard personnel — separate from the 70 members deployed today — are training to serve as certified nursing assistants in health care settings statewide to ease pressure on hospital staffers.