NEWARK, Delaware (WPVI) -- Delaware Governor John Carney issued a third revision to the state's COVID-19 emergency order, which went into effect Monday morning. Under the new order, indoor gatherings at home must be capped at 10 people.
"These are difficult decisions, but we face a difficult and challenging winter," said Governor Carney. "COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are rising in Delaware and across the country. More than 250,000 Americans have already lost their lives to this virus. We're focused on protecting lives and targeting restrictions where we're seeing spread of COVID-19. Let's all do our part. Wear a mask. Avoid gatherings with anyone outside your household. Consider celebrating holidays a little differently this year. Stay vigilant and we'll get through this."
Indoor dining at restaurants will be limited to 30% of the venue's capacity or 50 people; indoor religious gatherings are limited to 30% capacity or up to 50 people; and face coverings must be worn inside of gyms.
Charley Ross' The Reef Seafood & Steak in Wilmington is zoned for 300 people, but indoor dining service is now capped at 50.
"All the back work is the same, the rent had not decreased by 70% unfortunately," says Ross.
Although comparative to Philadelphia, which has banned all indoor dining, Ross says they're doing well.
"Of course we're right on the Delaware-Pennsylvania state line, so we're getting the benefit of some newly found customers," said Ross.
As for a 10 person maximum limit on at-home and holiday gatherings, the reaction is mixed.
"It's sad that it's come to that, but it's not going to change anything for my holiday plans," said Matt Powel from Pike Creek.
"We're going to cook at home, but just the family. If somebody wants to come by, we can set out a plate on the porch, but we're not going to interact," says Ronald Pierce of Wilmington.
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