Delaware Gov. John Carney announced he is closing bars at Delaware beaches ahead of the Fourth of July weekend due to an increase in coronavirus cases in the state.
Bars in beach communities will be closed indefinitely starting at 8 a.m. on Friday, Carney announced at a news conference on Tuesday.
“Since early to mid-June to where we are today, just the complacency that we see, mostly in younger folks, particularly those who are enjoying our beaches and the social activities after returning from the beaches…that’s of concern and the main reason that we’re going to stay in phase two,” the governor said.
Coronavirus case data shared at the news conference indicated that the state is seeing an increase in the percentage of positive coronavirus cases at the beach, a main point of concern for the governor.
Carney said the government is going to delay moving into phase three across the state until they get a better handle on where the surge is coming from and make sure there is extensive testing to support moving forward into the next phase of reopening.