Delaware lifts most face mask requirements for those vaccinated

New rules start May 21; state of emergency extended for another 30 days
May 14, 2021

A day after the Centers for Disease Control revised its face mask guidance, Gov. John Carney followed suit May 14 lifting most face mask requirements effective Friday, May 21.

Following CDC guidance, officials said fully vaccinated people can stop wearing masks in most places indoors and outdoors May 21. Exceptions include crowded settings, such as public transit, planes, in schools, healthcare facilities and congregate settings like prison facilities and homeless shelters.

Those who are not fully vaccinated, including children not yet eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine, should continue to wear masks when around others who are outside their immediate household, according to the CDC guidance. Unvaccinated Delawareans ages 12 and older are urged to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Find a vaccination site:

Click here to review guidance for fully vaccinated individuals from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“It’s clear that the COVID-19 vaccines are extremely safe and protective against infection and serious illness,” Carney said. “Delawareans who are fully vaccinated have significant protection against this virus and can feel comfortable getting back to the things they loved to do before this pandemic. For our neighbors who aren’t vaccinated, the message is clear. The COVID-19 vaccine is the best protection we have against the virus. Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect you and those you love. In the meantime, Delawareans who are unvaccinated, including children, should continue to wear masks in public places.” 

As of May 13, Delaware providers had administered 830,781 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. More than 56 percent of Delawareans 16 and older have received at least one shot.

Carney also formally extended the State of Emergency declaration another 30 days to confront community spread of COVID-19 and to continue administering vaccines to Delawareans.

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