Recovery & Cleanup Begin in Northwest Sussex County

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Neighbors were helping neighbors Sunday to help begin the recovery after Saturday night’s tornado. Sussex Countians showed up with trucks, trailers, chainsaws and themselves to help begin the clean up – cutting trees away from houses, broken branches from damaged trees and clearing tons of debris. Numerous state and county officials were also on the…

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Gov Carney Appoints Dennis Greenhouse as State Auditor

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Governor John Carney wasted no time in announcing the appointment of a new Auditor of Accounts after Kathy McGuiness’s resignation Wednesday. Gov Carney will appoint Dennis Greenhouse to serve as State Auditor until the person elected in the November 8th General Election takes office in January. Greenhouse will be tasked with completing the Annual Comprehensive…

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Gov Carney Announces Updates to COVID-19 Vaccination Program

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Governor John Carney on Friday announced an expansion of Delaware’s COVID-19 vaccination program for educators, school staff, and child care workers – in line with President Biden’s commitment to provide at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to school personnel by the end of March. The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH), the Delaware…

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Gov Carney Signs Executive Order #43 – Rapid Workforce Training & Redeployment Training Initiative

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Governor John Carney on Monday signed Executive Order #43, creating the Rapid Workforce Training and Redeployment Training Initiative to assist Delaware workers and their families who have lost jobs and income due to the COVID-19 crisis. The workforce development program will initially be funded with $10 million of federal CARES Act funding. Investments in workforce development…

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Governor Carney Announces Phase 2 – to Begin in 2 Weeks

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Governor John Carney began Tuesday’s coronavirus update talking about the riots and looting in the wake of the death of George Floyd – around the country – as well as in Delaware. He said violence is not the answer but the coronavirus has also laid bare the inequities in our society in communities of color…

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Gov Carney Lifts Short-Term Rental Ban & Out-of-State Quarantine on June 1, Adjusts Size of Gatherings

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Governor John Carney on Tuesday announced that the State of Delaware will lift the ban on short-term rental units and the mandatory 14-day quarantine for out-of-state travelers on June 1 as part of the rolling reopening of Delaware’s economy. Governor Carney previously lifted State of Delaware restrictions on Delaware beaches ahead of the Memorial Day weekend. Phase 1 of Delaware’s economic reopening is…

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Gov Carney Releases Update on Delaware’s Coronavirus Response: Churches May Conduct Outside Gatherings; Applications Available for Restaurant Outdoor Seating

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Governor John Carney on Saturday released an update on Delaware’s response to COVID-19. On Friday afternoon, Governor Carney signed the 19th modification to his State of Emergency declaration, formalizing steps taken earlier in the week to allow restaurants to expand outdoor seating capacity. All Delaware food and drink establishments may apply to their local municipal…

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Gov Carney Announces Proactive Community-based Coronavirus Testing

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Governor Carney on Friday provided an update on Delaware’s statewide testing plan, which aims to increase access in Delaware to 80,000 tests monthly. The plan is a partnership with the Division of Public Health (DPH), the Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA), Delaware hospital systems, primary care physicians and other providers, Federally Qualified Health Centers, pharmacies, and community-based…

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Gov Carney Announces Additional Interim Steps for Retail, Restaurant Businesses to Expand Operations

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Governor John Carney on Tuesday announced additional steps allowing retail establishments and restaurants to expand operations – while maintaining social distancing to prevent spread of COVID-19. Under the interim steps announced on Tuesday, all retail establishments in Delaware may operate by appointment only beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 20. Restaurants, bars, taprooms and…

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Gov Carney Announces Reopening of Beaches to Delawareans; Beaches, Pools, Ice Cream Shops to Open with Restrictions; Out-of-state Quarantine will Remain in Place

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Governor John Carney on Thursday announced that the State of Delaware will lift restrictions on Delaware beaches and community pools at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 22, subject to strict social distancing requirements and other restrictions. Ice cream shops and trucks will reopen with restrictions effective 5:00 p.m. this Friday, May 15. Governor Carney made…

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Gov Carney’s 16th Modification to State of Emergency Declaration Holds Students & Educators Harmless for Shortened School Year

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Governor John Carney on Sunday signed the sixteenth modification to his State of Emergency declaration, suspending end-of-year evaluations for educators, professional development requirements and assessments due to the suspension of the school year caused by COVID-19. Governor Carney’s latest modification holds Delaware’s students and educators harmless for the shortened school year, also waiving the required learning…

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Gov Carney Releases Statement on Economic Reopening; Announces June 1 as Target for Phase I

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In coordination with public health experts at the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH), Governor John Carney on Friday announced June 1 as the target date for Phase I of Delaware’s economic reopening. Governor Carney has extended Delaware’s State of Emergency declaration, including the stay-at-home order and its other modifications, through May 31. Details about Phase I of Delaware’s economic…

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Gov Carney Reschedules Delaware Presidential Primary for July 7

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Governor John Carney on Thursday signed the fifteenth modification to his State of Emergency declaration, rescheduling Delaware’s presidential primary for July 7. The Delaware Department of Elections will mail absentee ballot applications to all registered Democrats and Republicans in the State of Delaware, providing all eligible registered Delaware voters the opportunity to vote by absentee ballot…

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Gov Carney Announces Interim Steps Allowing Small Businesses to Expand Services with Social Distancing in Place

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Governor John Carney on Tuesday announced a series of interim steps allowing small businesses to resume limited operations effective 8:00 a.m. on Friday, May 8. The goal of the interim steps is to provide economic relief to Delaware citizens and businesses who are struggling financially – while maintaining strict adherence to health and safety guidelines.…

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Face Masks Required at DE State Parks Starting Friday

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The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control announced that starting Friday those aged 13 or older are required to bring a face mask with them to enter state parks, wildlife areas and reserves, and should wear the mask when they cannot maintain social distancing from other visitors. Those who do not bring face masks…

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Gov Carney: 14th Modification of State of Emergency – Additional Protections for Delaware Renters; Extension of Application Deadline for Delaware’s Senior School Property Tax Credit Program

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Governor John Carney on Thursday issued the fourteenth modification to his State of Emergency declaration, providing additional protections for Delaware renters during the COVID-19 pandemic, and extending the application deadline for Delaware’s Senior School Property Tax Credit Program until June 1.  Click here to read the full text of Governor Carney’s fourteenth modification. “We still face a very serious…

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Delawareans Required to Wear Face Coverings in Public Settings – Effective 8am Tuesday

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Governor John Carney on Saturday issued the thirteenth modification to his State of Emergency declaration, requiring Delawareans to wear face coverings in public settings, including in grocery stores, convenience stores, pharmacies, doctor’s offices, and on public transportation. Governor Carney’s order does not require children aged 12 or younger to wear a face covering. Any child…

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Gov Carney Removes Restrictions on Out-of-State Health Care Workers to Assist in COVID-19 Response

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Governor John Carney on Thursday issued the twelfth modification to his State of Emergency declaration, which will allow the Public Health Authority to activate more out-of-state health care workers to assist in Delaware’s fight against COVID-19.        Read Governor Carney’s updated State of Emergency. Subject to certain restrictions, the modified declaration allows individuals who previously…

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Gov Carney Expands Community Call-to-Action for Expertise, Emergency Supplies & Materials

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Governor John Carney expanded his community call-to-action on Saturday morning, urging all Delaware citizens with health care and child care experience to offer their expertise in Delaware’s fight against COVID-19. Last week, Governor Carney urged citizens, businesses and nonprofits with access to emergency materials and supplies to support Delaware’s response. The State of Delaware has launched an online application portal at de.gov/coronavirus to…

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Gov Carney Issues Community Call-To-Action

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Governor John Carney issued a community call-to-action on Thursday, urging all Delaware citizens, businesses and nonprofits to offer their assistance in Delaware’s fight against coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The State of Delaware launched an online tool at de.gov/coronavirus to connect Delawareans offering materials and supplies with organizations, medical providers and others in need of assistance. Click here if you…

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Governor Carney Orders Out-of-State Travelers to Immediately Self-Quarantine for 14 Days

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Governor John Carney on Sunday signed the seventh modification to his State of Emergency declaration, ordering all out-of-state travelers into Delaware to immediately self-quarantine for 14 days to fight the spread of COVID-19. Under Sunday’s order, anyone who enters Delaware from another state must immediately self-quarantine for 14 days. The 14-day period is measured from…

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Gov Carney Expands HELP for Additional Industries Impacted by Coronavirus in DE

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Governor John Carney on Thursday announced the expansion of the Hospitality Emergency Loan Program (H.E.L.P.) to provide financial relief for additional industries impacted because of coronavirus (COVID-19). The expansion makes personal care services businesses – such as barber shops, hair salons, nail salons, and beauty shops – eligible for the program. Eligible businesses must have…

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