Face coverings are required for everyone Kindergarten age and older in K-12 schools (public and private), early learning facilities, and State of Delaware buildings. Unvaccinated individuals ages 2 and up are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering while visiting any indoor business or space open to the public.

Unvaccinated individuals and children ages 2 and up not eligible for the vaccine should continue to wear face coverings.

  • A “face covering” means a cloth, paper, or disposable face covering that fully covers the nose and the mouth.
  • Businesses may impose mask requirements for customers and employees.
  • Individuals aged Kindergarten and up are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering while visiting any indoor business or space open to the public in compliance with CDC guidelines and recommendations.




Where are face coverings required?

  • Any child under the age of two (2) must not wear a face covering because of the risk of suffocation.
  • TRANSPORTATION: When they are an employee or rider on public transportation, or a school bus, paratransit vehicle, taxi, private car service, or ride-sharing vehicle;
  • SCHOOLS AND CHILD CARE FACILITIES: Staff, students and visitors Kindergarten age and older in K-12 and early learning facilities are required to wear face coverings indoors — regardless of vaccination status. Children 2 to Kindergarten age are strongly encouraged to wear face covering indoors.
  • STATE BUILDINGS: Staff and visitors in state buildings and facilities are required to wear face coverings.
  • LONG-TERM CARE:  Face masks are required of staff, vendors, contractors, and visitors to the facility, regardless of vaccination status. If a resident and visitor are both fully vaccinated, they do not have to wear a face mask only when they are visiting in a private area such as a patient’s room. Residents of such facilities should wear face coverings as recommended by the CDC.
  • BUSINESSES THAT REQUIRE FACE COVERINGS: Businesses may require face coverings at their own discretion.


What about medical conditions?

    • Individuals who have a medical condition that makes it hard to breathe or a disability that prevents the individual from wearing a face covering can request a reasonable accommodation from the business, school, or individuals responsible for indoor/outdoor spaces open to the public to enable full and equal access to services, transportation, and facilities open to the public. A requested accommodation that would endanger any third party or create any likelihood of further infection is per se unreasonable and therefore not required. A reasonable accommodation does not include simply allowing a customer inside without a face covering. Reasonable accommodations could include curbside pickup, delivery, or pick up by appointment.




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