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Retail establishments and restaurants allowed to increase services

Posted by Leslie Kopp & Christi Arndt on Tue, May 19th, 2020 at 10:01 pm.

Tuesday, May 19, Governor Carney announced additional steps allowing retail establishments and restaurants to expand operations – while maintaining social distancing to prevent spread of COVID-19.

All retail establishments in Delaware may operate by appointment only beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 20. Retail establishments covered by Tuesday’s announcement – including but not limited to clothing and shoe stores, used merchandise retailers and florists – may accept two appointments per half hour and must adhere to strict social distancing and cleaning guidance from the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Restaurants, bars, taprooms and craft breweries may also apply to expand outdoor seating capacity to safely serve additional customers when the businesses reopen next month. Applications to expand outdoor seating capacity will be available on Friday, May 22, and expansions would be authorized to begin on June 1, the start date of Phase 1 of Delaware’s economic reopening. This phase also includes the ability of retailers and restaurants to open their indoor spaces at 30 percent of stated fire capacity.

For More Information from Governor Carney’s Office, click here.


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