July 24, 2020
Governor Carney Signs 24th Modification to State of Emergency Declaration
Updated order allows driver’s education services, senior centers to resume safely

WILMINGTON, Del. –  Governor John Carney on Friday signed the  24th modification to his State of Emergency declaration , allowing driver education services to resume immediately, with safety measures in place to prevent transmission of COVID-19. Governor Carney’s modification also allows senior centers to open with safety precautions at 30 percent capacity.

“Delawareans have made real progress against this disease, but COVID-19 is still active in our communities. And we’ve seen what has happened in other states when you let your guard down,” said  Governor Carney . “Stay vigilant. Wear a face mask. Wash your hands frequently. Stay at least six feet away from others. And – whether you have symptoms or you don’t – consider getting a test at  de.gov/gettested . Testing helps us track the virus in our state and prevent outbreaks.”

According to the updated emergency order, personal driving schools and instruction may reopen, provided that at a maximum the vehicle contains one adult and one student in the front driver and passenger seats, and one additional person in the back seat. All occupants must wear face coverings at all times. Windows should be open as much as possible to help air exchange within the vehicle to reduce viral load.

Food and drink establishments are now also required to give customers the option to leave information on file to help with contact tracing in the event of a positive case being linked to the establishment. Tracing known contacts of positive cases helps public health officials trace transmission of the virus and prevent larger outbreaks. Restaurants are not required to deny service to customers who choose not to provide contact information.
Beebe's South Coastal Cancer Center Now Open
On July 14th, Beebe Healthcare opened its South Coastal Health Campus off of Roxana Road in Frankford. The facility is Beebe's second comprehensive cancer center.

For more information about Beebe Healthcare and its new South Coastal location, please visit www.beebehealthcare.org
Important Links to COVID-19 Resources
The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) has put together a new web page providing guidance for the small business community on the Paycheck Protection Program – the centerpiece of the CARES Act. It includes a   side-by-side graphic  detailing the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Please visit the National Federal of Independent Business website for more information.

The State of Delaware has been working hard to implement COVID-19 response plans and provide the public with frequently asked questions and answers. For more information, please click the links below:




Additional Resources:


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