November 7, 2020
Delaware State Senate Republican Caucus Chooses New Leadership
Senator Hocker again selected as Minority Leader, Senator Pettyjohn Minority Whip

Following its first post-election meeting, members of the Senate Republican Caucus selected its new leadership heading into the 151st General Assembly. Senators Gerald Hocker and Brian Pettyjohn were named Minority Leader and Minority Whip, respectively, by unanimous votes.

“It’s an honor to serve the great people of the 20th District and to lead this caucus into the 151st General Assembly,” Senator Hocker stated. “I look forward to continuing to advocate for responsible government, good schools, and well-paying jobs for all Delaware citizens.”

Senator Hocker will be entering his second General Assembly as the caucus’s leader. Meanwhile, Senator Pettyjohn will assume the role of Whip.

“I am excited to build upon the relationships established by the Republican Whips before me,” said Senator Pettyjohn. “The COVID-19 lockdowns have left Delawareans struggling. It is time to tackle this and other important issues that lie before us, and I am ready to do so in this new role. I want to be sure that all voices are heard and discussed throughout our legislative process.”

The 151st General Assembly is slated to first convene on January 12, 2021.

Senator Gerald Hocker and Senator Brian Pettyjohn serve the 20th and 19th Senate Districts, respectively.
Governor Carney Issues Second Revision to Omnibus COVID-19 Order
Modification removes additional restrictions at beach bars

WILMINGTON, Del. – Governor John Governor John Carney on Thursday issued a revision to the omnibus State of Emergency order, removing additional restrictions at bars in Delaware beach communities.


“Our fight against COVID-19 is not over,” said Governor Carney. “While we are easing these outbreak-related restrictions at the beach, Delawareans and visitors should stay vigilant. This virus can cause serious illness, especially among our most vulnerable loved ones, friends, and neighbors. We know what works. Wear a mask in public settings. Avoid gatherings and wash your hands frequently. That will help reduce the spread of COVID-19 as we head into the winter season.” 


On June 30, Governor Carney imposed the additional restrictions in eastern Sussex County establishments after a significant increase in COVID-19 cases in beach communities. The additional restrictions are being eased due to the end of the busy summer season, but social distancing guidelines, capacity limits, and other COVID-19 restrictions still apply. This revision to food and drink establishments applies to the following locations:

  • Lewes, Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach, Long Neck, Bethany Beach, South Bethany, Fenwick Island, West Fenwick Island, Ocean View, Millville and/or the following zip codes: 19966 east of Rt. 24 and Rt. 5; 19945 east of Rt. 17; 19975 east of the intersection of Rts. 20 and 54, and the entirety of 19944, 19967, 19970, 19930, 19971, and 19958.
DelDOT Updates
The Delaware Department of Transportation's (DelDOT) Traffic Signal Construction Section in conjunction with Byers Contracting will begin work at Route 17/Roxana Road and Route 20/Pyle Center Road intersection. The work will involve upgrading the existing signal with new equipment, signing, and pavement markings at the intersection.

WHEN: Thursday, November 5 until Wednesday, February 3, 2021, pending weather.

WHERE: Route 17/Roxana Road and Route 20/Pyle Center Road intersection, Frankford.

Daytime northbound/southbound AND westbound/eastbound intermittent lane and shoulder closures will occur from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. on weekdays. During this construction, motorists should anticipate minor traffic delays.

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