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Delaware’s Economic Reopening

UPDATE: Governor Carney Announces June 1 as Target for Phase I of Reopening.

Governor John Carney released guidance for Phase 1 of Delaware’s rolling reopening on Friday, May 15. Delaware’s Phase 1 reopening plan provides general and sector-specific guidance for Delawareans and Delaware businesses.

Governor Carney’s Statement on Economic Reopening:

“We’re all ready to get our economy going again, and to spend more time with our friends and loved ones,” said Governor Carney. “Since Day 1 of this crisis, Delaware’s response to COVID-19 has been driven by the science. We can’t have a healthy, functioning economy again until our communities are healthy. There is good news. Delawareans have worked together, stayed home, and saved lives. Your actions have driven down cases and hospitalizations statewide. That will help us reopen Delaware’s economy safely in the coming weeks – while protecting the most vulnerable Delawareans.

“As we move through this rolling reopening, we have to stay vigilant. We have to keep our distance from one another. Wash our hands frequently. Wear face coverings in public places. This is an unusual time, for sure. But these basic precautions will help us limit the spread of COVID-19 and protect Delawareans.”

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We’re all in this together. 

Delaware needs healthy communities before we can have a healthy economy again. At the same time, Governor Carney believes it is important to look forward.

Delaware is planning for the new normal.


Restarting Delaware’s Economy

Before we can consider reopening Delaware’s economy, we must meet the following criteria, based on federal guidelines:


  • 14-day decline in percent of positive cases
  • Ability to treat COVID-19 patients in hospitals without crisis care
  • Extensive testing programs for health care workers


  • Widespread testing
  • Increased and enhanced contact tracing, especially in vulnerable populations
  • Adequate supply of personal protective equipment
  • Protecting health and safety of workforce
  • Public guidance on social distancing and face coverings
  • Constant monitoring of situation to mitigate new outbreaks


Recovery Town Halls

The Delaware Division of Small Business and the Delaware Prosperity Partnership partnered with members of the General Assembly and local Chambers of Commerce on virtual recovery town halls. Lieutenant Governor Hall-Long hosted similar, virtual town hall meetings with stakeholder groups and members of the public to collect public feedback that will inform Delaware’s recovery effort. 


Delaware Division of Small Business and the Delaware Prosperity Partnership

  • Small Business Recovery Town Hall – Monday, April 27 – 2:00 p.m. – Eastern Sussex County 
  • Small Business Recovery Town Hall Tuesday, April 28 – 6:00 p.m. – Southern New Castle County 
  • Small Business Recovery Town Hall Thursday, April 30 – 10:00 a.m. – Western Sussex County 
  • Small Business Recovery Town Hall – Thursday, April 30 – 6:00 p.m. – Newark Area 
  • Small Business Recovery Town Hall – Monday, May 4 – 2:00 p.m. – Kent County 
  • Small Business Recovery Town Hall – Tuesday, May 5 – 6:00 p.m. – Wilmington Area 
  • Small Business Recovery Town Hall – Wednesday, May 6 – 6:00 p.m. – Northern New Castle County 


Public Recovery Town Halls with Lieutenant Governor Hall-Long

  • Recovery Town Hall – Wednesday, April 29 – 6:00 p.m. – Kent County 
  • Recovery Town Hall – Monday, May 4 – 6:00 p.m. – Northern New Castle County
  • Recovery Town Hall – Wednesday, May 6 – 7:30 p.m. – Sussex County 
  • Recovery Town Hall – Thursday, May 7 – 6:00 p.m. – Southern New Castle County



Offer Your Ideas

Offer key considerations of what likely will be a phased process to reopen the economy. Please remember to consider what can happen and what needs to happen to begin the phased opening of our economy.




Official COVID-19 Website for the State of Delaware
Delaware Division of Small Business – General and Industry Guidance
Delaware Prosperity Partnership
Delaware Department of Agriculture


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