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Phase 2: June 15, 2020

UPDATE: At 8:00 AM on July 3, the bar areas of food and drink establishments in eastern Sussex County must close for service and seating. Read the Twenty-Third Modification to the State of Emergency that requires this adjustment. State Park Beaches will have new visitor limits starting July 3, read more here.

Delaware is in Phase 2

Delaware entered Phase 2 of the economic reopening on June 15, 2020. Delaware will delay moving to Phase 3. Governor Carney’s Phase 2  reopening plan builds on the Phase 1 plan and provides additional general and sector-specific guidance for Delawareans and Delaware businesses.

What does Phase 2 mean to me or my business?

General guidance for individuals and businesses applies regardless of where you may go or what industry industry you may be in. Everyone, including businesses considering reopening in Phase 2, should review and follow these guidelines:

Some industries are subject to more specific guidelines. This guidance should be followed closely by all relevant businesses and customers at those businesses:

Certain types of businesses that are regulated by the Division of Public Health must also follow these additional guidelines:

Additional event and activity guidance:

Updated guidance and restrictions for camps, summer school and child care in Phase 2:

What’s new in Phase 2?

What should I be doing to control the spread of the virus in Phase 2?

All employees who are required to go to work in Phase 2 should perform a daily health check as prescribed by the Delaware Division of Public Health.

Businesses and employers can prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19 within the workplace. All employers should implement and update as necessary a plan that:

  • Is specific to your business
  • Identifies all areas and job tasks with potential exposures to COVID-19
  • Includes control measures to eliminate or reduce such exposures, which should incorporate symptom recognition and testing

According to the Twenty-First Modification to the State of Emergency:

Phase 2 Responsibilities of all Businesses: in addition to the industry-specific guidance issued to businesses in the Phase 2 Reopen Plan, including any subsequent amendments thereto, business operations for any business that is re-opening or continuing operations shall follow the coronavirus guidelines for public safety enumerated by the CDC and DPH, including:

a. All employees, patrons, and visitors must wear cloth face coverings in accordance with the Thirteenth Modification of the COVID-19 State of Emergency declaration, as it may be amended from time to time, at all times.

b. Businesses must monitor patrons and visitors entering a business, in lines, and ensure social distancing throughout a business’ location.

c. Businesses must ensure social distancing of at least six (6) feet between waiting patrons and visitors in line, both inside and outside. Signage and floor markings must be present to guide patrons and visitors in appropriately spacing while in line.

d. Businesses must post signs on how to stop the spread of COVID-19, hand hygiene, and how to properly wear a cloth face covering, including:

      1. Do not enter if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or if you have been exposed to anyone who has tested positive with COVID-19 in the past fourteen (14) days;
      2. Individuals age thirteen (13) and up are required to wear a cloth face covering in accordance with the Thirteenth Modification;
      3. At all times, individuals who are not part of the same household are expected to remain at least six (6) feet apart to the greatest extent possible and are encouraged to maintain greater physical distance whenever possible; and
      4. Proper hand washing and frequent use of hand sanitizer is encouraged.
      5. Printable signs that will help you comply with the general and industry-specific signage requirements in the Phase 2 guidance are available at

e. Businesses should use doors, windows and other ventilation mechanisms to increase introduction of fresh air and turnover of air within the business’ location.

f. All surfaces touched by patrons or visitors, including doors, seating, restrooms, elevators, and point of sale infrastructure must be disinfected using an EPA-approved disinfectant every fifteen (15) minutes to two (2) hours. Businesses should limit cash transactions, and encourage patrons to use credit, debit, or other contactless forms of payment. Cash registers and pin pads must be sanitized after each use.

g. Businesses should discourage the use of shared phones, desks, workstations, radios, and wearable technology. If these are unavoidable, a business must ensure that such space or technology is sanitized after each use.

h. 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 sixty percent (60%) ethanol or seventy percent (70%) isopropanol.

i. Hand sanitizer must be used by employees at frequent intervals during any service, appointment, or other scheduled gathering or event, including at a minimum after contact with surfaces touched by others, when incidental contact has been made with a patron or visitor, and prior to preparing or distributing food or drink.

j. Businesses must stagger services, appointments, or other scheduled gatherings and events to allow for a thorough cleaning and disinfecting according to CDC guidelines of any public spaces before the next service, appointment, or other scheduled gathering or event begins.

k. Follow all State and CDC guidelines and recommendations for social distancing, including that employees maintain six (6) feet of space between themselves and other employees, patrons, and visitors to the greatest extent possible.

l. For fixed seating venues, only sixty percent (60%) of patron or visitor seating may be occupied and there must be a six (6) foot radius around individual household units. Patrons and visitors must exit their seats in an orderly, row by row fashion, as directed by venue staff.

m. Businesses are strongly encouraged to modify any practices that cause close contact (meaning being within six (6) feet for ten (10) minutes or more) or sharing items among patrons or visitors.

n. Sharing microphones is prohibited. All microphones, whether they be self-standing in holders, handheld or lapel style must be sanitized after each use.

o. Implement flexible and non-punitive sick-leave policies to facilitate compliance with this Modification. Such policies should follow any guidance from the CDC and DPH regarding COVID-19.

p. 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).

q. Exclude employees who (a) have been diagnosed with COVID-19, (b) are reasonably suspected to have COVID-19, or (c) have symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, aches or muscle pain, chills or repeated shaking with chills. Such employees shall stay home and not come to work until they are until they are free of fever (100.4 °F or greater using an oral thermometer), signs of a fever, and any other symptoms of COVID-19 for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g., cough suppressants).  These employees should notify their supervisor and stay home if they are sick.  Symptomatic employees must not physically return to work until cleared by a medical professional.

r. Prohibit employees who have been told they must be isolated or quarantined from on-premises work until isolation or quarantine status is discontinued by DPH.

s. Separate sick employees from other individuals immediately.

t. Enforce cough and sneeze hygiene.


Face Coverings for Employees and Visitors


Business operation decisions should be based on both the level of disease transmission in the community and your readiness to protect the safety and health of your employees and customers.

Learn more about exposure risk levels and creating testing plans for businesses: