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:
- On 03/16/20, the City of Newark enacted an emergency ordinance prohibiting public or private gatherings of more than ten (10) people. The City of Newark extended the emergency ordinance on 04/27/20. Please note – effective 04/02/20, at 8:00 pm, the ninth modification to the Governor’s state of emergency orders that groups shall be limited to less than ten (10). This means that the Governor’s order is more restrictive by one (1) person. You are permitted to have no more than nine (9) people gather together. There are many exceptions. But we urge you to practice social distancing and remember there is a stay-at-home order in effect (see below). You should not be gathering at all.
- Additionally, on 03/22/20, the Governor issued the fifth modification to the State of Emergency declaration, which stated: “Delawareans should refrain from organizing or attending social gatherings of any size, except for regular interactions with immediate family members, members of the same household, caregivers, or individuals with whom you have a close personal relationship.”
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.
Stay-at-home / Out-of-State Travelers
- The Governor has enacted a stay-at-home order, with certain exceptions. The specifics of the order can be found here.
- The Governor has ordered that any individual who enters Delaware from another state, and who is not merely passing through, must immediately self-quarantine for fourteen (14) days from the time of entry into Delaware or for the duration of the individual’s presence in Delaware, whichever period is shorter. There are certain exceptions. The specifics of the order can be found here.
Face Coverings and Cleaning
- It is required that you wear a face covering in public in most situations as of 04/28/20 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 skate parks are CLOSED, along with playgrounds. City parks are OPEN, but please remember social distancing guidelines when you use parks.
Changes at the Newark Police Department:
- The Records Division is closed to the walk-in public. Requests for copies of police reports and other information should be made in writing or by telephone. The Records Division will be available by telephone Monday through Friday from 9:00 am until 2:30 pm at (302) 366-7100 option 3. All payments must be made by check or money order sent via mail or can be placed into the payment dropbox in the Municipal Building lobby.
- The form for requesting a copy of a police report can be found here.
- 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.
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.
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.