Delaware is out of Phase 1 at this time.

Below is guidance issued for Phase 1 for reference. In some cases, these directives have been replaced by more recently released information.


Key Date: June 1 – Phase 1

Delaware entered Phase 1 of reopening on June 1, 2020.

Delaware’s Phase 1 reopening plan provides general and sector-specific guidance for Delawareans and Delaware businesses. Governor John Carney began gradually lifting restrictions through a rolling reopening leading up to Phase 1. 

Rolling Reopening Key Date – June 8, 2020.
Gov. Carney announced a rolling reopening of personal care service businesses, including tattoo shops and massage therapy services. Personal care businesses may open at 30 percent of stated fire occupancy at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, June 8.


What’s open?

Phase 1 Chart

What does Phase 1 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 1, 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:

Phase 1 Industry-Specific Reopening Guidance

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

Additional event and activity guidance:

Phase 1 Guidance on Outdoor Social Gatherings
For the most current information on child care in Phase 1, please visit the Child Care page.

Certain businesses and industries are not yet permitted to open as of June 1:

Not Permitted to Open in Phase 1

What should I be doing to control the spread of the virus in Phase 1?

All employees who are required to go to work in Phase 1 should perform a daily health check as prescribed by the Delaware Division of Public Health.

Learn about Daily Health Check Face Coverings for Employees and Visitors

Effective 8:00 a.m. on Friday, May 1, businesses must:

  • Require employees to wear a face covering while working in areas open to the public and in areas where coming within 6 feet of other staff is likely.
  • Provide, at the business’ expense, face coverings and hand sanitizer for their employees.
  • Deny entry to individuals who do not have a face covering – or if one is not available for them.
  • If any business denying entry is providing medication, medical supplies, or food, the business should provide alternate methods of pickup or delivery.

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

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:

Employee Testing Guidance for Businesses

Stats on COVID-19

For more data on Delaware COVID-19 cases including demographic breakdowns, go to My Healthy Community