Delaware Gov. John Carney issued a statewide "stay-at-home" order that will go into effect at 8 a.m. Tuesday and will remain in effect until May 15 or until the "public health threat is eliminated."
The order advises residents to stay at home whenever possible and closing all nonessential businesses due to coronavirus concerns, according to a press release from his office.
"This was not an easy decision, but it’s the right decision to protect the safety of Delawareans and Delaware families," Carney said. "If you have any questions about whether you should be staying home or going out, stay home. Go to work, and go straight back home. If you don't need food or other essential items, stay home."
Delaware residents may leave their home for essential activities, such as getting groceries, picking up a prescription, seeing a doctor and engaging "in other activities essential to their health, and the health and well-being of their family members, including pets," Carney said.
"Delawareans may also engage in outdoor activity, but must adhere to social distancing guidelines," Carney said.