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Termination of State of Emergency 

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WHEREAS, on March 12, 2020, I issued a State of Emergency due to the public health threat of COVID-19 which became effective as of 8:00 a.m. E.D.T. on March 13, 2020 (the “COVID-19 State of Emergency”); and

WHEREAS, since that time, I have modified the COVID-19 State of Emergency to address the public health threat caused by COVID-19 by increasing or removing restrictions as the facts and circumstances warranted with several modifications and related orders, following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Delaware Division of Public Health; and

WHEREAS, in compliance with state law, I extended the COVID-19 State of Emergency every thirty days since it was signed on March 12, 2020; and

WHEREAS, as of June 30, 2021, the State has thus far administered over one million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to individuals that live, work, and are educated in Delaware, and has deemed all individuals ages 12 and older eligible to receive the vaccine; and

WHEREAS, throughout the pandemic, Delaware’s preventative measures, the cooperation of Delawareans, and our vaccination efforts have dramatically reduced COVID-19 cases in this State, greatly reducing the loss of life; and

WHEREAS, Delaware now has the tools to prevent, control and treat COVID-19 infection, serious illness, and hospitalization, and it is no longer necessary to continue the Governor’s emergency orders, first signed on March 12, 2020, to the extent that the conditions necessitating continuance of the COVID-19 State of Emergency no longer exist; and

WHEREAS, to prevent the spread of the highly transmissible variants of the coronavirus to those not vaccinated and to continue to vaccinate Delawareans, I am issuing contemporaneously a limited State of Public Health Emergency declaration.

NOW THEREFORE, I, JOHN C. CARNEY, do hereby declare that:  

  1. My declaration of a State of Emergency for the State of Delaware dated March 12, 2020 to become effective on March 13, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. E.D.T., including all its related orders, is hereby terminated as of Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. E.D.T.

APPROVED this 12th day of July 2021 at 1:00 p.m.


John C. Carney