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Delaware Governor Signs Stay at Home Order to Confront the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

March 23, 2020


On March 22, 2020, and consistent with surrounding states, Delaware Governor John C. Carney issued a “Stay-at-Home Order” to enhance previous state directives and address concerns with the increasing number of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infections.  Pursuant to the Fourth Modification of the Declaration of a State of Emergency for the State of Delaware Due to a Public Health Threat, certain businesses, establishments and enterprises operating within the State of Delaware have been deemed “essential” or “non-essential.”  Essential businesses as enumerated in the order may continue to operate, but must follow State and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidelines, including recommendations for social distancing.  All non-essential businesses in Delaware are required to close at 8:00 a.m. (EDT) on March 24, 2020, and remain closed until after May 15, 2020, or the elimination of the COVID-19 public health threat.

Essential businesses in Delaware under the order include certain businesses and workers in the following industry sectors:

  • Healthcare
  • Law Enforcement, Public Safety and First Responders
  • Food and Agriculture
  • Energy
  • Transportation and Logistics
  • Public Works
  • Communications and Information Technology
  • Essential Government Functions
  • Manufacturing
  • Construction
  • Necessary Products Retailers
  • Necessary Retail and Services Establishments

A complete copy of Governor Carney’s order can be found here.

A complete copy of the Fifth Modification of the Declaration of a State of Emergency for the State of Delaware Due to a Public Health Threat, which addresses permitted and prohibited travel in the State of Delaware and was also issued on March 22, 2020, can be found here.

Montgomery McCracken attorneys are available to assist clients with numerous issues related to COVID-19. Montgomery McCracken’s COVID-19 Resource Center is available here.