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 August 24, 2020:

  • The City of Newark has enacted Emergency Ordinance 20-06 related to social gatherings at private residences.  This ordinance is more strict than the Governor’s State of Emergency Orders.  Under this ordinance:
    • No more than twelve (12) people, who do not reside together at the residence, may gather indoors at a private residence.
    • No more than twenty (20) people, who do not reside together at the residence, may gather outdoors at a private residence.  This includes yards and porches/decks.
    • The City Manager may issue permits to exceed these numbers.  Click here for information on obtaining a permit.  Persons age sixteen (16) and under are not included in the count of attendees.
    • Penalties range from fines to community service and anyone present, not just the persons who organized the gathering, may be cited under the law.

More information about mandates by the Governor can be found in the state of emergency orders below.

The Newark Police Department appreciates your compliance with the state of emergency orders and emergency ordinances.  However, a violation of the state of emergency orders is a criminal offense punishable by a fine and/or imprisonment up to 6 months.


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 twenty-seventh modification to the state of emergency at the bottom of the page.
  • In addition to good hand washing, make sure you clean your phone at least 4 times a day.  See guidance here.

Changes at the Newark Police Department:

  • The Records window in the lobby is closed.  If you have questions for our Records Division, call (302) 366-7100 option 3.
  • 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.

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



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.
  • Twenty-Fourth Modification – July 24, 2020 – Restaurants must notify patrons they can provide name and phone number for later contact tracing; Rules for sports; Senior centers may re-open.
  • Fifth Extension of State of Emergency – August 5, 2020 – Extends State of Emergency for another 30 days.  All prior modifications still in effect.
  • Twenty-Fifth Modification – August 26, 2020 – Information about school reopening, education information and notification to parents of COVID-19 positive students; Children kindergarten and older must wear face coverings in school; Child care information.
  • Twenty-Sixth ModificationSeptember 1, 2020 – Information about youth sports and sports facilities.
  • Twenty-Seventh Modification – September 3, 2020 – Rescinds all prior state of emergency modifications and consolidates all current provisions into one order.

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 current laws and regulations or how the laws, ordinances and regulations apply to your specific situation.