Delaware’s retail establishments – currently scheduled to partially open June 1 – may operate as soon as tomorrow under certain guidelines, Gov. John Carney announced in a statement Tuesday. He also announced that restaurants and bars could apply for expanded seating for that June 1 reopening.
“All retail establishments in Delaware may operate by appointment only” starting tomorrow, Wednesday May 20 at 8 a.m. ET, Gov. Carney’s statement said. Stores may accept two appointments per half hour and must adhere to strict social distancing and cleaning, in accordance with the CDC and Delaware Division of Public Health guidance.
Some examples of stores given included clothing stores, shoe stores, florists and used merchandise retailers.
These establishments will then continue to be allowed to open their indoor spaces at 30% of fire capacity on June 1 as part of Phase 1 of Delaware’s re-opening.
Restaurants, bars, taprooms, and craft breweries – who are also scheduled to open at 30% indoor capacity starting June 1 – may now apply to expand their outdoor seating on that date as well. This does not change the current planned opening date. They will however be able to apply for that expansion starting this Friday, May 22.
“It’s our hope that these additional steps will safely bring some relief to Delaware businesses and workers who have made real financial sacrifices” during the Covid-19 crisis, Governor Carney said.
When asked in his daily coronavirus briefing how these guidelines will be enforced, the governor admitted that in the short-term they “rely heavily on voluntary compliance” but that mechanisms for enforcement may look different in the long-term.