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Gov. Carney updates emergency order with more guidance for houses of worship and restaurants

Delaware Public Media

Gov. John Carney is making more changes to his emergency order as the state moves toward Phase 1 of its formal reopening plan.

Carney’s latest update includes new guidance for houses of worship and restaurants.

The order now allows religious denominations to conduct outdoor services without any limit on the number of people attending, as long as they maintain social distancing and follow other basic health precautions regarding things like hand washing and face coverings.

The state has also formalized the process for restaurants and bars to expand outdoor seating, explaining what must be included in an application to local municipal or county jurisdictions.

Among the things required are a drawing or blueprint showing table and chair placement and the distance between them, how ADA compliance will be maintained and how property boundaries with be marked to make sure alcoholic beverages do not leave the site.

Anyone with a liquor license will also have its plan reviewed by the Delaware Office of Alcohol Beverage Control.

Restaurants and bars can open their indoor spaces at 30 percent of stated fire capacity when Phase 1 of the state’s reopening begins June 1.


Tom Byrne has been a fixture covering news in Delaware for nearly three decades.
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