Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations
This page offers all of Delaware Public Media's ongoing coverage of the COVID-19 outbreak and how it is affecting the First State. Check here regularly for the latest new and information.

Phase three reopening start date yet to be determined

State of Delaware

Gov. John Carney says he wants to see what happens with phase two before Delaware enters phase three of its rolling reopening.

Phase two started earlier this week—allowing most Delaware businesses 60% occupancy of normal fire code capacity with many other restrictions remaining in place.

At a Tuesday briefing, State Public Health Director Dr. Karyl Rattay continued the calls for diligence in following those restrictions. 

“People are tired of this pandemic,” said Rattay. “We’re all tired of this pandemic and we just want to go back to normal life, but the virus doesn’t care if we’re tired. The virus is still out there.”  

The state continues to require face coverings and social distancing measures, and Rattay and others warn of a possible resurgence of the virus in the fall.

Carney lists youth sports, playgrounds and businesses that require large gatherings as challenging sectors the state is still working on as it looks to continue opening up its economy.

“We’re still going to watch the data to determine the date of moving into phase three,” said Carney. “And, again, this is a message to lean into the basic protections—wearing a mask, keeping your distance from those not in your household.”  

State officials say that during Phase two water parks, sport facilities and venues are required to submit a plan and be approved in order to reopen.

Indoor children’s play areas are not allowed to reopen. Sporting tournaments and some sports are not allowed to resume.