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Published August 4th, 2020

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.


John Derick Flores

SafetyCulture Staff Writer

Dirk is a contributing writer for SafetyCulture who has 3+ years of experience being a Safety Officer in an international airline. Over the course of his tenure, he worked on projects involving training management, ramp safety inspections, quality & safety certification audits, and safety promotion programs. Further, he is interested in maximizing the power of technology to help make the world a better place.