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 […]

Sussex County libraries begin phased services

GEORGETOWN — Sussex County libraries are turning the page in COVID-19 recovery, restoring limited services to the public as Delaware begins Phase I reopening the 2020 spring pandemic that temporarily shuttered businesses and governments and curbed most daily routines. The three county-owned and 11 independent libraries are now accepting checked-out materials at each location. Patrons […]

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 […]

NAACP calls for abolishing some Delaware use-of-force laws

WILMINGTON – Citing recent deadly interactions with law enforcement officers past and present nationwide, the Delaware NAACP State Conference of Branches on Sunday urged state officials to abolish some laws connected to police use-of-force policies. In a news release, the state NAACP organization said it “is concerned that the Delaware Code provides Delaware police officers […]

One arrest reported as Dover assesses nighttime damage

DOVER – City officials continued to assess the damage following several hours of protest in Dover Sunday that were peaceful throughout the day and escalated into violence by the end of the night. According to Dover Police, one arrest was made after a rock was allegedly thrown at an officer’s vehicle and multiple businesses in […]

Peaceful protests in Dover splinter as night falls

DOVER — From word of mouth to social media, hundreds answered the call to have their voices heard in Delaware Sunday as protests over Minnesota resident George Floyd’s death at the hands of a police officer took place across the country. And while the organized voices were largely peaceful, as evening approached a limited number […]

Dover declares state of emergency, curfew

.DOVER – Dover Mayor Robin Christiansen has declared a state of emergency and a curfew daily from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. until further notice amid reports of looting and damage at the Dover Mall and surrounding areas. This followed a day of peaceful protests in Dover over the police-related killing of George Floyd in […]

‘Shine a light’: Group stages peaceful march in Seaford

SEAFORD — Several hundred marchers walked a few streets in Seaford Sunday in peaceful protest, calling for the end to social racism and justice for George Floyd, the black man whose death May 25 at the hands of a white Minneapolis police officer has sparked violence, looting and destruction in cities nationwide. “Social injustice, we […]

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 […]