Governor Carney of Delaware Eliminates Mask Mandate and Social Distancing in Most Settings
Governor John Carney of Delaware has signed the 29th modification to the COVID-19 State of Emergency declaration, eliminating social distancing requirements and removing Delaware’s mask mandate effective May 21, 2021, as reported by Delaware.gov. Carney’s order still requires mask wearing on public transit, planes, in schools, health care facilities and congregate settings like prisons and homeless shelters. State-owned buildings and facilities also will continue to require mask-wearing. This includes the DMV, Delaware Sate Service Centers, and the Carvel State Office Building.
Citizens of Delaware, as well as visitors and Delaware businesses are still encouraged to follow social distancing and masking guidance for fully vaccinated individuals, and unvaccinated Delawareans should do the same in order to reduce risk of catching and spreading the disease. Any child under 2-years-old must not wear a face covering due to risk of suffocation. Children ages 12 and up are encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention stated that fully vaccinated people can stop distancing and wearing masks in most places indoors and outdoors. As stated above, this excludes certain crowded and congregate settings.
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