Gov. Lifts Short-term Rental Bans


Governor John Carney has announced that he will lift the ban on short-term rental units and the mandatory 14-day quarantine for out-of-state travelers on June 1.

The governor previously lifted his restrictions on Delaware beaches ahead of the Memorial Day weekend.

Phase 1 of Delaware’s economic reopening is scheduled to begin on June 1, allowing retail establishments, restaurants and other businesses to open at 30-percent of stated fire capacity with social distancing requirements and other public health guidance in place.

Gov. Carney also announced that outdoor gatherings of up to 250 people — including weddings and outdoor graduation ceremonies — will be permitted in Delaware beginning on June 1, with basic public health precautions in place to protect against spread of COVID-19. Cloth face coverings must be worn in accordance with Governor Carney’s State of Emergency declaration, and individuals must maintain social distance of at least six feet from anyone outside of their household.

Gatherings of more than 250 individuals are not permitted during Phase 1. However, those planning large outdoor events may apply to host a large gathering by submitting a plan to at least seven (7) days prior to the anticipated event. Plan approval is subject to the discretion of the Division of Small Business or Department of Education, in consultation with the Division of Public Health.

Outdoor gatherings should only be carried out if there is strict adherence to social distancing and other guidance from state and federal health officials intended to protect the most vulnerable citizens from COVID-19 infection and illness.

In conjunction with the easing of certain business, travel and gathering restrictions, Gov. Carney will lift Delaware’s stay-at-home order effective June 1. However, he cautioned that Delawareans should continue to avoid unnecessary outings and gatherings to limit community spread of COVID-19.

The State of Delaware will release guidance later this week on summer school programs and summer camps.