Delaware businesses to further increase occupancy as next round of reopening set for June 15


Meredith Newman,

Delaware will begin its next phase of reopening its economy on June 15, according to an announcement Tuesday from Gov. John Carney.

In two weeks, businesses that were allowed to reopen on Monday will be able to expand their occupancy from 30 to 60 percent of their designated fire code occupancy, the governor said at a press briefing.

This mostly applies to restaurants, retail, convention centers and arts organizations.

Gyms, however, will remain at 30% occupancy. 

Indoor gatherings of up to 50 people will also be allowed, and child care centers will also be open, Carney said. The state is recommending parents keep their children home, if possible.

Starting June 8, personal services – such as hair salons, barbershops, tattoo parlors, massage therapy and nail salons – will be allowed to reopen on an appointment only basis. The businesses can only have up to 30% of their occupancy at one time. 

Face coverings are still required in public settings when social distancing is not possible. 

As of June 2, Delaware health officials confirmed 9,685 cases of coronavirus, an increase of 80 from the previous day.

Five more residents have died from the virus, increasing the fatality count to 373.

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