The 10 p.m. curfew at restaurants and bars has been lifted, effective immediately, under a fifth revision to the governor's novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic omnibus emergency order.
Governor John Carney announced Friday that a stay-at-home advisory and universal indoor mask mandate both remain in effect.
His order also allows winter sports to resume in a restricted fashion.
Restaurants and bars, however, remain under 30% occupancy restrictions, first put in place to curb spread of the virus over the holiday season. They must also, continue to display signage explaining rules about parties being from the same household and mask compliance.
“As we come out of the winter holiday season, we are keeping these restrictions in place so that we can protect Delaware’s hospital capacity and protect lives,” said Carney. “We are balancing the need for a healthy community and a healthy economy, but we can’t let our guard down. Let’s all do our part, and do what works. Wear a mask. Don’t gather socially with friends or family outside your household. Stay vigilant.”
Hospitalizations due to COVID-19 remain a priority, and hit an all-time high earlier this week at 458, but Carney and public health officials said the situation is currently stable enough to reintroduce "all games, matches, and competitions." He's restricted maximum occupancy at sports facilities to 30%, including athletes, coaches, and other staff. One individual accompanying an athlete is not included in the 30% limit, but additional spectators are barred from events.
Anyone participating in out-of-state tournaments or competitions must then immediately self-quarantine upon returning to Delaware, Carney said.
The out-of-state quarantine continues to affect sports, including ice hockey and indoor track, where there are limited to no available facilities for those athletes at the moment.
The Delaware Department of Public Health was also granted the authority to issue cease & desist letters to teams with high COVID-19 case counts, or if they are violating COVID protocols. Penalties include possible practice and competition bans.