State Announces Phase II Modifications, Sports, Personal Care, Playgrounds Affected

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Delaware’s governor has signed the 22nd modification to his State of Emergency Order, permitting an expansion of youth sports activities and personal care services if safety guidelines are followed to prevent infection and community spread of COVID-19.

Effective at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 20, youth and adult recreational sports tournaments may resume – subject to the prior approval of a tournament-specific safety plan by the Division of Public Health (DPH). Tournament-specific plans must include a method to collect contact information for all players, staff, coaches, officials, and spectators, as well as team rosters and game schedules, in order to track the spread of COVID-19 in the event of an outbreak.

Effective at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, June 22, personal care services businesses may expand to 60 percent of stated fire code capacity. Additional requirements for consumer-facing businesses are included in Delaware’s Phase 2 reopening plan.

Modifications

1. Effective June 20, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. E.D.T., Paragraph D.7.m. of the Twenty-First Modification to the COVID-19 State of Emergency declaration related to businesses is hereby modified as shown by strike through and underline (items in red).

m. Youth Sports and Adult Recreational Sports. Youth sports, other types of physical activity for children, and adult recreational sports may resume, provided that all players, staff, coaches, officials and spectators must comply with social distancing guidelines of six (6) feet or more to the greatest extent possible (Removed: and no tournaments are held.)  Tournaments may resume subject to organizers receiving prior approval of a tournament-specific plan by the Division of Public Health.  Tournament-specific plans must include a method to collect contact information for all players, staff, coaches, officials and spectators, as well as team rosters and game schedules.  Tournaments include a series of games, matches or other activities where individual teams have more than one game with more than one team.  Tournaments may not resume for the following sports, which are considered high risk: football, wrestling, rugby, and hockey (ice and roller).  Basketball tournaments may only be played outside.  Competitions may resume in Phase 2 with the exception of competitions for the following sports: football, wrestling, rugby, and hockey (ice and roller), which are considered high-risk.  Basketball may only be played outside.  Additional requirements for youth sports and adult recreational sports are listed in the Phase 2 Reopen Plan and the Division of Public Health Guidance on Youth Sports / Suggested Guidelines for Returning to Sports Safely During COVID-19.

2. Effective June 22, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. E.D.T., Paragraph D.7. of the Twenty-First Modification to the COVID-19 State of Emergency declaration related to businesses is hereby modified as shown by strike through and underline.

e. Personal Care Services. This section shall apply to barber shops, hair salons, tanning salons, tattoo services, massage therapy services, nail care, brow care, spas, waxing services, and similar services. These consumer services may continue operations or reopen to the general public, provided, however, that the total number of guests permitted in an establishment at any one time shall not exceed (Removed: thirty percent (30%)) sixty percent (60%) of that facility’s stated fire occupancy requirements.  Additional requirements for consumer services are listed in the Phase 2 Reopen Plan.

j. Parks and Recreation Facilities. Parks and recreation facilities include any public or private park and any outdoor recreational facility such as a zoo, miniature golf course, outdoor tennis facility or batting cage and other similar activities not explicitly listed by Section E, below.  Parks and recreation facilities may remain open, or may re-open if closed, with modifications to ensure visitors can maintain social distancing at all times. (Removed: Consider closing or closely monitoring facilities and areas where social distancing cannot be maintained (e.g., basketball courts, playgrounds).  All gatherings or events held in parks and recreation facilities shall comply with the gathering requirements set forth by this Twenty-First Modification.  Additional requirements for parks and recreation facilities are listed in the Phase 2 Reopen Plan. 

3. Effective June 22, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. E.D.T., Paragraph E.2. of the Twenty-First Modification to the COVID-19 State of Emergency declaration related to businesses is hereby modified as shown by underline.

2. Indoor children’s play areas, including softscape or hardscape playground facilities, trampoline parks and children’s museums, unless they can create a facility-specific plan to observe the industry guidance provided for indoor children’s play areas, including that the total number of guests permitted in a facility at any one time shall not exceed thirty percent (30%) of that facility’s stated fire occupancy requirements. Plans should be emailed to covid19faq@delaware.gov for consideration. The responsibility for enforcing the occupancy limits lies with the facility operator.

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