Week 8: Reopening the state becomes a flashpoint

Gov. Carney says benchmarks must be reached to slow spread of COVID-19
May 8, 2020

Nearing two months into the state of emergency, protesters take to Legislative Mall in downtown Dover on May 1 and downstate Republican legislators demand that Gov. John Carney reopen the state.

Plans to reopen are beginning to emerge.

Ocean City, Md., officials announce the beach and boardwalk will reopen starting Saturday, May 9. However, most businesses and all attractions remain closed. Rehoboth and Dewey officials remain firm that beaches will remain closed.

During his May 5 press briefing, Gov. John Carney announces some easing of restrictions to allow nonessential businesses to conduct some business. Hair salons can open to serve essential workers only under strict sanitation guidelines. Also, the following small retail businesses can offer curbside service as long as social distancing can be followed: clothing, shoe, music, hobby, office supply, sporting goods, book, gift, rental and used merchandise stores and shops. Employees required to work because of the changes are permitted to use childcare services, provided neither parent works at home or they do not have alternative care.


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