In the 13th modification to his state of emergency declaration, Governor Carney ordered the wearing of facemasks in public settings including grocery stores, convenience stores, pharmacies, doctor’s offices and public transportation. The order is effective tomorrow (April 28th) at 8 am. Businesses have until May 1 to comply. Neighboring states have already ordered the use of this protective measure.
Carney’s order does not require children 12 or younger to wear a face covering. Due to the risk of suffocation, children 2 years old or younger must not wear a face covering. Delawareans are urged to use a cloth face covering and reserve medical-grade masks, including N95, KN95, and surgical masks for use by health care workers and first responders.
Face coverings are not a replacement for hand washing, social distancing or staying home. If you are sick and you must be around people, you should wear a face covering, even while you’re home.
If you wear a face covering in public, you are protecting others. Imagine if everyone wears one!