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State of Delaware takes additional action to limit public gatherings

Tom Byrne/Delaware Public Media

Gov. John Carney and the state's judicial branch announced more moves to help curb the spread of COVID-19 locally.

Public bodies throughout Delaware can meet electronically until further notice.

Carney authorized the move in a proclamation Saturday in an effort to prevent unnecessary public gatherings.

Carney previously gave the state’s executive branch agencies this ability in the State of Emergency order he issued Thursday.  This proclamation extends to all public bodies up and down the state.

Delaware’s courts are also moving to limit the spread of COVID-19.

The First State's criminal and civil courts will remain open, but state’s Chief Justice, Collins Seitz, declared a judicial emergency Friday – offering all trial courts in the state flexibility to issue 30-day continuances for trials and hearings in civil and criminal cases to help limit the number of people gathering in public court buildings.

The order also pauses time requirements under the Speedy Trial Guidelines and urges all courts to use of audiovisual devices to conduct proceedings, except for jury trials.

The order takes effect Monday and lasts 30 days.



Tom Byrne has been a fixture covering news in Delaware for nearly three decades. He joined Delaware Public Media in 2010 as our first news director and has guided the news team ever since. When he's not covering the news, he can be found reading history or pursuing his love of all things athletic.
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