Del. Moves Primary Date, Suspends Foreclosures and Evictions

Delaware's stay-at-home order, extended school closures and nonessential business closures is aimed at slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus.

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On the same day a stay-at-home order went into effect, Delaware Governor John Carney announced the state's presidential primary would be moved to June 2 while residential foreclosures and evictions would be suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

"Delawareans have a basic, fundamental right to vote," Carney said. "Today's order will preserve that right and allow Delawareans to vote by absentee ballot in the presidential primary on June 2."

The order goes into effect at 8 a.m. Wednesday and will remain in effect until May 15 or until "the public health threat is eliminated."

"The additional protections in this order are essential to help support Delawareans - especially our most vulnerable neighbors - as this situation evolves," Carney said.

Prior to the most recent announcement, Carney had issued a stay-at-home order, extended school closures and closed all nonessential businesses.

Gov. John Carney made the stay-at-home announcement Sunday. The order went into effect on Tuesday at 8 a.m. and will remain in effect until May 15 or until the public health threat is eliminated. CLICK HERE for a full list of essential and nonessential businesses.

On Monday, Carney also ordered all Delaware schools to remain closed through at least May 15. The Delaware Division of Revenue (DOR) also announced the deadline for taxpayers to file their 2019 Delaware personal income tax returns has been extended to July 15.

Delaware has reported at least 91 cases of the new coronavirus, most in New Castle County, as of Tuesday morning.

On Saturday, Carney closed the beaches on Saturday. He has also announced all movie theaters, bowling alleys, concert venues and gyms had to close across the state.

Starting Saturday night, Delaware beaches are off limits until May 15 -- except to walk dogs where that is permitted. Delaware Gov. John Carney says he may order further restrictions on businesses.

Carney also modified his March 12 declaration to limit Delaware restaurants, taverns and bars to take-out and delivery service only. The updated declaration also bans public gatherings of 50 or more people and closes gaming activity at Delaware casinos.

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