Indoor gatherings and gyms are allowed to increase capacity a bit following an order signed by Gov. John Carney Feb. 19.
Along with extending the state of emergency for another 30 days, Carney is allowing businesses to expand indoor capacity from 10 people to 25, or 50 percent of the fire code occupancy. Events for up to 150 people are allowed as long as a safety plan is submitted to the Division of Public Health. Outdoor gatherings are limited to 50 people, or up to 250 with a plan approved by DPH. The limit for private indoor gatherings or events, such as dinner parties, house parties, and birthday parties, remains at 10 people.
Face masks and social distancing are still required for all events, officials said.
The order also raises the group exercise class capacity to 15 people, excluding staff, with additional restrictions in place. However, attendees must stay 13 feet apart and wear masks while exercising.
Event organizers must email DPH at HSPContact@delaware.gov at least a week prior to the event for permission to host indoor gatherings for 25-150 people, or outdoor gatherings for 50-250 people. Indoor gatherings with fewer than 25 people and outdoor gatherings with fewer than 50 people do not require a plan, but must follow all other requirements.
“We are making progress in our fight against COVID-19. Hospitalizations are down more than 50 percent from our winter peak, and Delaware providers have administered more than 164,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine,” Carney said in a press release. “But let’s keep doing what works until we can get enough Delawareans vaccinated. Wear a mask. Avoid large gatherings where this virus can spread. Wash or sanitize your hands frequently. Stay vigilant.”