This Governor Just Imposed "Difficult" Restrictions Statewide
Stay-at-home advisories. Curfews. Restaurants that close early. States across America are trying to stop the rise in coronavirus cases and deaths with restrictions meant to curb human-to-human interaction. Public health experts are applauding. Others have called it a "nanny state." In any case, Democrat and Republican governors alike are issuing new prohibitions. The latest state to join the club: Delaware. "These are difficult decisions, but we face a difficult and challenging winter," said Gov. John Carney, who issued his new rules yesterday. "COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are rising in Delaware and across the country. Nearly 250,000 Americans, including 736 Delawareans, have already lost their lives to this virus. Our focus must be on protecting lives." Read on to hear what's allowed and what isn't, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
The Delaware Restrictions Limit Indoor Gatherings
Here is the Governor's statement in full:
Governor John Carney on Tuesday announced additional restrictions statewide to slow community spread of COVID-19 as Delaware and the country experience a surge of cases, hospitalizations and deaths heading into the winter months. The restrictions will be formally issued in a revision to the Governor's omnibus emergency order later this week.
Governor Carney's order will include the following restrictions, which take effect at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, November 23:
- Indoor gatherings in homes must be capped at no more than 10 people.
- Indoor gatherings outside of homes must be limited to 30 percent of the venue's stated fire capacity, up to a cap of 50 people. This includes all events, such as weddings, funerals, services in houses of worship, performances, political gatherings, and events in public spaces including fire halls.
- Outdoor public gatherings are limited to 50 people. Up to 250 may be allowed with a plan approved by the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH).
- Restaurants must operate at no more than 30 percent of fire capacity indoors, with allowances for additional outdoor seating.
- Governor Carney's order will also prohibit Delaware youth sports organizations, teams and venues from hosting or participating in tournaments with out-of-state teams, effective at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 1. The order includes a provision prohibiting Delaware teams from traveling across states lines for tournaments.
"We will also continue to support the Delaware families and small businesses who have been hardest hit by this crisis," said Governor Carney. "Let's all do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19. Wear a mask. Celebrate the holidays with immediate family only. Stay vigilant."
How to Avoid Dying During the Pandemic
The states near Delaware have also imposed restrictions. "Pennsylvania has a mask mandate statewide for people when they leave their homes, regardless of whether they are indoors or outdoors. Starting Friday, anyone who visits Pennsylvania from another state must have tested negative for coronavirus in the 72 hours leading up to their trip," reports Fox News. "In New Jersey, indoor gatherings are limited to 10 people, while outdoor gatherings are limited to 150 people. Restaurants, bars, and other establishments that serve food and drinks must end indoor dining by 10 p.m. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan issued an emergency order Tuesday that bars and restaurants must close indoor dining at 10 p.m. Retail establishments and religious services must keep capacity below 50%."
As for yourself, do everything you can to prevent getting—and spreading—COVID-19 in the first place until there's a vaccine available: Wear your face mask, get tested if you think you have coronavirus, avoid crowds (and bars, and house parties), practice social distancing, only run essential errands, wash your hands regularly, disinfect frequently touched surfaces, stay outdoors more than indoors. "We have seen what happens when you don't do that by the very unfortunate experiences that have become very public now in the United States. I mean, that's proof positive," says Dr. Anthony Fauci. And to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.