On Thursday, Governor John Carney announced a delay in moving to Phase 3 of Delaware’s economic reopening.
Carney says that although Delawareans were expecting to move into Phase 3 on June 29th, officials are delaying that in order to get a better handle on what’s going on in the state and around the country.
“Too many Delawareans and visitors are not following basic public health precautions. We’ve heard and seen concerns especially in our beach communities, in restaurants, in gyms, and at sporting events. Now’s not the time to let up. You’re required to wear a mask in public settings. Keep your distance from those outside your household. These are common sense steps that, frankly, are not that difficult to follow. And they’re a small price to pay for keeping our friends and relatives out of the hospital,” Carney said in a statement.
A COVID-19 testing event was held in Rehoboth Beach on Thursday, and the results should help officials determine infection rates in the state’s coastal communities. We’re told officials will monitor this data as well as compliance with public health requirements such as mask wearing and social distancing to determine when Phase 3 should begin.
“In Delaware, we are beating this disease. We have flattened the curve. But that’s because Delawareans stayed home and made significant sacrifices to keep others safe. Make no mistake: COVID-19 has not gone away. We’ve seen what has happened in other states when folks let their guard down. Let’s not be one of those states.”
Carney says he intends to make a decision early next week regarding the start of Phase 3.