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Interim reopening steps announced for youth sports, hair salons

Some youth and adult recreational sports tournaments in Delaware can start up again — and hair salons can soon double the number of people allowed inside. 

Gov. John Carney updated his coronavirus emergency order Friday to allow for these interim steps amid Phase 2 of Delaware's reopening. 

Tournaments for sports considered high-risk— football, wrestling, rugby, and hockey — are still not allowed.

Tournaments that can resume need prior approval of a safety plan by the Division of Public Health. The plan must include a method of collecting contact info for players, staff and spectators. This change is effective Saturday morning. 

Personal care services, like barber shops, tattoo parlors and nail salons, can increase their capacity from thirty to sixty percent of fire occupancy requirements starting Monday. 

Also effective that day, parks will no longer have to consider closing areas where social distancing can’t be maintained, like basketball courts and playgrounds. 


Sophia Schmidt is a Delaware native. She comes to Delaware Public Media from NPR’s Weekend Edition in Washington, DC, where she produced arts, politics, science and culture interviews. She previously wrote about education and environment for The Berkshire Eagle in Pittsfield, MA. She graduated from Williams College, where she studied environmental policy and biology, and covered environmental events and local renewable energy for the college paper.
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