Small increase in latest Delaware COVID-19 update

DOVER — Although Delaware’s COVID-19 numbers continue to creep upward, it’s a slow crawl, reflecting the success the state has had in combating the virus. After being in lockdown since mid-March, Delaware is in the midst of its reopening, a gradual process that could be rolled back should there be a resurgence. For now, though, […]

Sussex councilmen discuss future of public hearings

GEORGETOWN — Out with the old. In with the new. That’s the thinking of Sussex County Councilman Irwin G. Burton III, who says the county needs to plan now for the new way of conducting business — even when the County Administration Building, county offices and facilities reopen to the public in phased recovery from […]

Carney to back off Delaware religious worship restrictions

DOVER, Del. — Democratic Gov. John Carney plans to back off restrictions he imposed on church worship to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, state attorneys told a federal judge Tuesday. Carney planned to issue new guidance regarding communities of worship either later Tuesday or Wednesday that could narrow, or even resolve, issues raised in […]

Delaware taking more steps toward reopening in next two weeks

DOVER — Delaware will be moving to the next phase of its reopening midway through the month. Gov. John Carney announced Tuesday many businesses can expand to 60 percent capacity come June 15. The state allowed businesses to open with strict limits, including 30 percent maximum capacity, beginning Monday. Gov. Carney also said personal care […]

Delaware beach businesses gear up for summer season

REHOBOTH BEACH — On Monday, traffic at the beach areas was surprisingly low as businesses across Delaware opened under Phase 1 of reopening the economy as outlined by Gov. John Carney. The first phase of reopening allows restaurants, gyms, hotels and retail establishments to open at 30% fire code occupancy, among many other safety restrictions […]

Back to business: Doors open to Dover customers during Phase 1

DOVER — Traffic appeared to be running at a heavier pace than it has in months on U.S. 13 through Dover as Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, several retail stores and restaurants swung open their doors and people — some gambling, many shopping and eating and others wandering — just enjoyed a chance to get […]

More good news in COVID data as Delaware takes steps forward in reopening, testing and tracing

DOVER — The spread of COVID-19 continues to slow in Delaware as the First State takes more steps toward reopening. Many businesses were allowed to open with limits Monday, the same day officials announced the state has started doing contact tracing to track and halt the spread of coronavirus. Key indicators like hospital admissions and […]

Ready to roll: Delaware businesses begin Phase 1 opening

Wondering when the business closures would hit was like “watching a thunderstorm coming off in the distance,” said Mike Tigue, general manager for the Inn at Canal Square in Lewes. “And then all of a sudden we’re in the midst of it,” he continued. “All of a sudden we started getting five and 10 cancellations […]

State to begin virus contact tracing operations Monday

SMYRNA — As positive cases of coronavirus moved back to double-digits Sunday, and hospitalizations continue to decline, the Division of Public Health announced that contact tracing operations will begin today. As today brings Phase One of recovery for the state, with looser restrictions for businesses, DPH announced that Community Health employees will begin to conduct […]

Learning curve: Parents grapple with realities of remote schooling

School — and what it will look like in the fall — will be the topic of discussion throughout June, as the state rolls out its three working groups centered on reopening school buildings. For some parents who have become the mediators of their children’s academics, though, the last few months have been challenging. Schools […]