On Tuesday, June 15th, Governor Carney announced that he intends to lift the COVID-19 State of an emergency order in Delaware on July 13th. He stated, “We now have the tools to prevent COVID-19 infection, serious illness and hospitalization. Get vaccinated. Ask your friends and family if they’ve received their shot. These vaccines are extremely safe and effective. Even if you’re young, healthy and not worried about the effects of COVID-19, consider doing your part. Getting vaccinated will prevent new infections among our immunocompromised neighbors, and help us keep moving past this pandemic.”
The state also announced that as of Monday, June 14th, 68.3 percent of Delaware adults had received at least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccine. This news came with a modification to the previous emergency order that makes it so educators and staff in schools and child care centers are not required to wear masks when children are not present. Students and staff also are not required to wear masks outdoors.
The COVID-19 emergency order went into effect on March 12, 2020. Those who are unvaccinated are still strongly encouraged to wear a mask in accordance with guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).