Delaware Coronavirus Updates

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Updates:

  • Governor Carney Orders Out-of-State Travelers to Immediately Self-Quarantine for 14 Days:
  • The Delaware Department of Labor has released a list of businesses who are immediately hiring as of March 23rd.
  • Governor John Carney has mandated all non-essential businesses in Delaware will close effective Tuesday, March 24th at 8AM and a stay-at-home order has been issued for all Delawareans. Click here for a list of essential and non-essential businesses.
  • Delaware Governor John Carney has issued a State of Emergency. As of 8PM Monday, March 16th all Delaware restaurants, bars, and taverns will limit their services to delivery and carryout only. Additionally, Delaware casinos must halt all gaming activity until further notice.
  • Effective Wednesday, March 18, DART public transit services will operate on a reduced service schedule until further notice. On weekdays, regular fixed route services will operate on a Saturday service schedule statewide, with additional service on Routes 15, 18, 43 and 301. DART's regularly scheduled weekend service will operate normal service levels.
  • All four Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) locations will go to kiosk, drive-through and emergency appointment only.
  • The Blood Bank of Delmarva is in urgent need of blood donors amidst coronavirus fears and rapid cancellation of blood drives. Call 1-800-825-6638 to schedule or book online at delmarvablood.org.
  • Access to all of Delaware's state parks and wildlife areas is free until at least April 30th. DNREC officials say fees are being waived to encourage people to get outside during the COVID-19 outbreak. Everyone is reminded to still practice social distancing, even outdoors.
  • Effective Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 6:00am, the Biden Welcome Center on I-95 in Newark will reopen to the public in a limited capacity. The center had closed operations on Tuesday, March 17, in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. Services will include:
  1. Burger King from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Take out only)
  2. Z-Mart will be open 24 hours (Take out only)
  3. Starbucks from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Drive thru only)
  4. Public Restrooms (inside Welcome Center open 24 hours)
  5. Fuel purchases available 24 hours

Closings and Cancellations:

Delaware Public Schools will be closed through May 15th.

Maryland Public Schools will be closed Monday, March 16th thru March 27th.

Delaware State University will hold all classes online through April 3rd and students who are currently on Spring Break are being asked not to return to campus until Sunday, April 5.

University of Delaware is transitioning to online learning until further notice. In order to prepare for this move, classes are suspended for two days — Thursday, March 12 and Friday, March 13. Spring Break will be moved up in the calendar and now begin on Saturday, March 14.

Wilmington University is transitioning all in-person classes to online starting March 16, 2020. University offices and services will remain open until further notice.

Firefly Music Festival has been cancelled.

New Castle County County Executive Meyer closes playgrounds and basketball courts at county parks.

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