COVID-19

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QUESTIONS?  Contact the Division of Public Health’s Coronavirus call center at 2-1-1 or 1-866-408-1899, or 7-1-1 for individuals who are hearing-impaired, from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.  Questions can also be sent by email to: DPHCall@delaware.gov.

We are providing the following reminders to the public as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic:

As of June 15, 2020:

  • Hosts of indoor gatherings must calculate usable capacity at thirty (30) square feet per person up to a maximum of 250 people.  Outdoor gatherings are limited to two hundred fifty (250) people.  See the Phase 2 guidance below for gatherings of over 250 people. Six foot distancing and face coverings are still required. 
  • Newark has a long-standing ordinance requiring a permit for gatherings when more than one hundred fifty (150) people are reasonably expected to attend. 
  • On March 16, 2020, the City of Newark enacted an emergency ordinance related to public or private gatherings. The City of Newark extended the emergency ordinance on April 27, 2020.  As the Governor makes modifications to the state of emergency, the City of Newark emergency ordinance will automatically modify or will sunset once the state of emergency is lifted.
  • More information can be found in the latest State of Emergency orders below.

Reopening Plan:

  • Information about Delaware’s reopening plan can be found here.
    • Delaware is reopening in phases:

Information About Businesses:

  • Effective May 8, 2020, the Governor began to allow businesses to reopen, starting with the fifteenth modification below.  See guidance for business reopening here.

Face Coverings and Cleaning

  • It is required that you wear a face covering in public in most situations as of April 28, 2020 at 8:00 am EDT.  You can make your own face covering.  See this guidance from the State of Delaware and the CDC.  The specifics of the order can be found in the thirteenth modification to the state of emergency at the bottom of the page.
  • The Newark Police Department appreciates your compliance with these emergency orders.  However, a violation of these orders is a criminal offense punishable by a fine and/or imprisonment up to 6 months.
  • In addition to good hand washing, make sure you clean your phone at least 4 times a day.  See guidance here.

Newark parks and playgrounds are OPEN, but please remember social distancing guidelines when you use these facilities.

Changes at the Newark Police Department:

  • Members of the public are encouraged to request copies of police reports from our Records Division using this form.
  • When possible, police dispatchers have been instructed to ask callers about their potential exposure to the virus and whether they are experiencing any symptoms.
  • Certain calls that are not in-progress, such as minor thefts, fraud, etc., may be handled by a police officer via telephone as opposed to in-person.
  • Anyone who walks into the police lobby for police assistance will still be able to contact a police officer at all times of the day.

Get updates from the State of Delaware.  Text “add” to (302) 460-2501 to stay informed about COVID-19.


Additional Resources:


Governor’s State of Emergency Orders:

  • Original Order – March 12, 2020 – Enacting a State of Emergency
  • First Modification – March 16, 2020 – Limits public gatherings to no more than 50 people and requires restaurants to be take-out/drive through only. 
  • Second Modification – March 18, 2020 – Closes bowling alleys, movie theaters, sports facilities and fitness centers; Allows takeout sales of alcohol by restaurants.
  • Third Modification – March 21, 2020 – Closes beaches.
  • Fourth Modification – March 22, 2020 – Closes all non-essential businesses.
  • Fifth Modification – March 22, 2020 – Orders all residents to shelter-in-place and prohibits travel except for essential activities.
  • Sixth Modification – March 24, 2020 – Changes election dates; Prohibits evictions & foreclosures; Prohibits utilities from terminating service and prohibits termination of insurance policies.
  • Seventh Modification – March 29, 2020 – Requires self-quarantine of fourteen (14) days for those who enter Delaware from another state with certain exceptions.
  • Eighth Modification – March 30, 2020 – Closes childcare centers effective April 6, 2020, except for those providing childcare to employees of essential businesses and essential personnel; Requires screening prior to entering a state building.
  • Ninth Modification – April 1, 2020 – Limits gatherings to less than ten (10) people, including weddings, funerals, and related activities; Limits amount of people in a store and requires 6-foot distancing.
  • Tenth Modification – April 6, 2020 – Bans all short-term rental units – including hotels, motels, Airbnb, etc., with some exceptions;  Bans door-to-door solicitation; Closes additional retailers, but allows certain non-essential businesses to operate by appointment; Allows golf course use by in-state residents, but no golf carts permitted.
  • Extension of State of Emergency – April 10, 2020 – Extends State of Emergency in accordance with state law.
  • Eleventh Modification – April 15, 2020 – Enacts certain requirements for nursing homes; Allows modification of procedures for notarization of documents.
  • Twelfth Modification – April 23, 2020 – Allows formerly certified medical personnel to volunteer in Delaware; Allows for marriage licenses to be issued by video.
  • Thirteenth Modification – April 25, 2020 – Effective April 28, 2020 at 8:00 am – Requires a face covering to be worn in public in certain circumstances; Businesses must decline entry to those who refuse to wear a mask for non-medical reasons.
  • Fourteenth Modification – April 30, 2020 – Modifies Delaware’s Landlord Tenant Code to provide additional protections for residential renters; Extends deadline to apply for Senior School Property Tax Credit Program; Makes changes to signing of death certificates.
  • Fifteenth Modification – May 7, 2020 – Changes date of Presidential Primary election; Allows certain businesses to reopen with limitations; Allows for drive-in graduations and movies with limitations.
  • Second Extension of State of Emergency – May 8, 2020 – Extends State of Emergency until May 31,2020 or COVID-19 is eliminated, whichever is later.  All prior modifications are still in effect.
  • Sixteenth Modification – May 10, 2020 – Makes temporary modifications to the State’s education laws and fishing regulations.
  • Seventeenth Modification – May 14, 2020 – Reopens beaches with restrictions; Allows ice cream shops to reopen; Allows pools to reopen with restrictions; Allows use of golf carts at golf courses.
  • Eighteenth Modification – May 18, 2020 – Allows in-person services and gatherings at houses of worship with restrictions.  The guidance can be found here.
  • Nineteenth Modification – May 22, 2020 – Allows expanded outdoor restaurant seating; Institutes Phase 1 Business Reopening plan; Extends expiration of CCDW permits.  See more about the business reopening plan here.
  • Twentieth Modification – May 31, 2020 – Stay-at-home order lifted; Out-of-state visitor quarantine order lifted; Indoor gatherings limited to less than 10; Outdoor gatherings of up to 250 people permitted with restrictions; Restaurants reopen with restrictions; Hotels reopen.
  • Third Extension of State of Emergency – June 6, 2020 – Extends State of Emergency for another 30 days.  All prior modifications are still in effect.
  • Twenty-First Modification – June 14, 2020 – Implements the Phase 2 Reopening Plan effective June 15, 2020.
  • Twenty-Second Modification – June 19, 2020 – Allows certain sports and tournaments to resume; Allows re-opening of parks and recreation facilities; Allows personal care services to increase occupancy.
  • Twenty-Third Modification – June 30, 2020 – Places restrictions on taprooms, brewpubs and restaurants in Sussex County; Makes changes to insurance payment requirements; Makes changes involving evictions and foreclosures; Allows utility payment plans; Allows the Public Health Authority to inspect a business for compliance with the State of Emergency declaration.
  • Fourth Extension of State of Emergency – July 6, 2020 – Extends State of Emergency for another 30 days.  All prior modifications still in effect.

Other State of Delaware Orders:


** The information on this page refers to other sources and does not constitute legal advice.  Seek legal counsel if you have a specific question as to the application of a law or how the law applies to your specific situation.