Some Delaware businesses can reopen on Friday. Find out which ones and their limitations



In a first step to slowly reopen Delaware's economy, Gov. John Carney announced plans Tuesday to allow some businesses to operate again under social distancing rules to limit the spread of coronavirus.

Many businesses can resume "limited operations" starting Friday at 8 a.m., according to the announcement from the governor's office,

Retail stores, such as clothing, book or music stores, will be able to do curbside pickup.

Barbershops and salons can reopen for some customers but under strict rules.

You'll also be allowed to ride a golf cart at a golf course, but you have to ride solo and the cart has to undergo "proper cleaning between customers," Carney's release said.

You'll also be able to go to a drive-in movie, but you have to stay in your car and maintain social distancing.

Carney also announced that Delaware will start testing all residents and staff at long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes and assisted living facilities. The Division of Public Health is providing the tests and training, as well as recommendations on how to "protect residents and staff based on results," the release said.

"Expanding COVID-19 testing capacity for vulnerable populations is a requirement of federal guidance for economic reopening," the release said.

The development is part of the Carney administration's plan to reopen the state's economy in phases. The state doesn't want to fully reopen its economy yet because it wants to avoid a resurgence in new cases.

The reopening plan, which is based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the White House, requires more widespread testing, hundreds of personnel to help trace the spread of the virus, and a steady decline in coronavirus cases over two weeks.

If you are required to report to work as a result of these changes, you can now use child care services if neither parent works from home and you don't have alternate care.

Exactly which businesses?

Here's which stores can start doing curbside pickup on Friday as long as they follow social

distancing rules:

  • Clothing stores

  • Shoe stores

  • Sporting goods, hobby, musical instruments

  • Book, periodical and music stores

  • Department stores

  • Tobacco and Vape

  • Other general merchandise

  • Office supply, stationery and gift stores

  • Used merchandise stores

  • Consumer goods rental

Jewelry stores can do business by appointment only. The governor has told the Division of Small Business to consider allowing this for similar retailers, the release said.

Essential workers can get haircuts

Cosmetology businesses, including salons and barber shops, can reopen — but only for essential workers, the release said.

They can't have more than two appointments at a time, and the businesses need to allow a 15-minute window between each appointment for "proper cleaning," the governor's Tuesday release said. Staff and customers have to wear cloth face masks at all times, and customers have to cancel appointments if they show COVID-19 symptoms or were exposed to the virus.

Staff has to wear disposable gloves, throw away gloves between customers and wash their hands. Staff also has to report their temperature daily. The entrance door has to stay locked to prevent walk-ins, and equipment has to be sanitized between use. If a customer touches anything, such as a magazine, they have to take it with them when they leave.

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