Delaware Reopening Checklist
Reopening tool to help Delawareans get safely back to business
Delaware Reopening: A Gradual Restart of the Economy
Effective June 15, 2020, the State of Delaware has announced that state is moving to Phase 2 of its reopening plan. The decision was largely based upon the following: continuing decline in the percent of positive cases of COVID-19 in Delaware, the implementation of testing programs for healthcare workers, the availability of widespread testing for COVID-19 throughout Delaware, the implementation of contact tracing, adequate supplies of personal protective equipment and continual monitoring of the COVID-19 situation.
The Phase 2 of Delaware’s reopening features the following guidelines:
- All Delaware families can access childcare
- Gatherings in parks and recreation facilities or in other locations without a fire code occupancy limit are limited to 250 people, and hosts of indoor gatherings must calculate useable capacity at 30 square feet per person up to a maximum of 250 people. Follow gathering requirements in the Twenty-First Modification.
- Hotel occupancy, restaurants and other food and drink establishments, casinos, malls, convention centers, community pools, and arts and culture activities can increase to 60 percent from 30 percent
- Summer camps and schools are allowed to reopen
- Certain youth sports and adult recreational sports are permitted following DPH guidelines; tournaments may resume with approved safety plans
- Personal care services can expand to 60 percent on June 22, 2020
The move to Phase 3 of Delaware’s economic reopening, which was originally slated to begin on June 29, has been officially delayed as a precautionary measure to prevent the rise in infections. As reopening plans continually evolve, Delawarean business owners are advised to visit the Delaware Governor’s site to learn more about the state’s reopening plans moving forward.
General Guidance for Delawarean Businesses
- Businesses are responsible to follow the Responsibilities for all Businesses, set forth in the State of Emergency Order.
- Employers must enforce strict social distancing protocols.
- Employees and customers have a responsibility to self-quarantine if they have a reason to expect that they may be ill with or may have come into contact with COVID-19.
- Employees who are symptomatic must not physically return to work until cleared by a medical professional.
- Employers are encouraged to continue teleworking. Employees who have been working from home throughout this crisis should continue working from home unless there is a substantive change to business operations in Phase 2 (e.g. a business was closed, but now it’s open).
- All surfaces touched by customers, including doors, restrooms, and POS infrastructure must be disinfected using an EPA-approved disinfectant every 15 minutes to 2 hours.
- Hand sanitizer must be used by employees at frequent intervals during any service, appointment or scheduled event, including at a minimum after contact with surfaces touched by others, after incidental contact with a patron or visitor, and before preparing or distributing food or drink.
- Employees must social distance from each other while working. This can be accomplished through spacing or moving workstations, staggering shifts or other means.
- Businesses must make hand sanitizer or handwashing stations readily available for all employees, patrons, and visitors throughout the business’ location, including at each entry and exit at a minimum. Hand sanitizer must be composed of at least 60% ethanol or 70% isopropanol.
- Employers must post signs on stopping the spread of COVID-19, hand hygiene and wearing cloth face covering.
Reopening Tools To Help More Delawareans Get Safely Back to Business
iAuditor by SafetyCulture is a versatile mobile app that can help Delawarean business owners achieve and maintain compliance with state-mandated COVID-19 safety guidelines regardless of their industry. To help with the reopening of businesses in Delware, we are offering ready-to-use digital checklists business owners can use for free to ensure the safety of their workers and customers. Download iAuditor today.
Disclaimer: Please note that these checklists are hypothetical examples and provide basic information only. They are not intended to take the place of medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. You should also seek professional advice to determine if the use of such checklists are permissible in your workplace or jurisdiction.
Featured Delaware Reopening Checklist Templates
Delaware Reopening Checklist: Food and Drink Establishments
This Delaware reopening checklist can be used to help safely reopen Delaware-based food and drink establishments (such as restaurants, breweries, taverns, and taprooms that provide table service) and help give employees and customers the peace of mind as they return to the premises. This checklist is based from Delaware.gov’s official guidance for food and drink establishments.
Delaware Reopening Checklist: Youth Sports
Organizers of a youth sports team or league in Delaware can use this reopening plan template to adhere to the official guidance by Delaware’s Division of Public Health (DPH) before beginning practices or hosting a competition or tournament. Youth sports organizers and facilities who intend to host tournaments in the State of Delaware are required to submit a plan for protecting children and their families during COVID-19.
Delaware Reopening Checklist: Retail Operations
This Delaware reopening checklist serves as guidance for businesses primarily engaged in retail services with the general public. This includes, but is not limited to, grocery, pharmacies, clothing, shoe, jewelry, sporting goods, books, florists, and department stores. In addition to the general guidance, the industry specific guidance for this sector falls into two categories: 1. Guidance for interactions between employees and other employees or vendors, and 2. Guidance for interactions between employees and customers.
Delaware Reopening Checklist: Arts and Culture, Museums, Galleries and Historical Attractions
Professionals from Delaware’s Arts and Culture industry can use this reopening checklist to plan for the safe resumption of activities in the Performing Arts, Museums, Galleries, Libraries, Historical Attractions and Arts Education Institutions.
Delaware Reopening Checklist: Child Care
According to the “Phase 2 Requirements for Licensed Child Care,” all child care providers in Delaware must develop and keep a written plan that addresses the prevention of and response to COVID-19. Child care service providers can use this checklist to meet that requirement and ensure compliance to the guidelines recommended by Delaware’s Department of Services for Children, Youth, and their Families (DSCYF).
Delaware Reopening Checklist: Commercial Lodging and Campgrounds
Operations managers of commercial lodging facilities in Delaware can use this reopening checklist based from the Delaware Governor’s official guidance to ensure a safe reopening after a lockdown. This reopening checklist can be used by businesses operating a hotel, short-term rental, campground, or similar rental facility.
Delaware Reopening Checklist: Gyms/Exercise Facilities
Gyms and fitness facility owners/managers can use this reopening checklist following Delaware’s shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This checklist can help them follow regulations set forth by the Delaware governor to ensure social distancing and proper cleaning protocols are met.