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COVID-19 Information for Delaware Small Businesses


Effective Friday, May 21, 2021:

  • All capacity restrictions inside restaurants, retail, other business establishments and houses of worship will be lifted.  Facilities will be able to use as much capacity as social distancing requirements will allow.
  • Masks will still be required indoors to prevent spread of COVID-19.
  • Outdoors, Delawareans should follow masking guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Risk for COVID-19 spread increases in large crowds that include unvaccinated people. In those cases, CDC recommends that everyone continue to wear a mask. Division of Public Health (DPH) may require masks for crowded venues and large gatherings including concerts, sporting events, etc.
  • Social distancing requirements will move from 6 feet to 3 feet.
  • Customers must continue to remain seated indoors and outdoors at bars and restaurants, unless a plan for dance floors and other areas is approved by DPH, and distancing of at least 3 feet should be maintained.
  • Events over 250 people indoors and outdoors will still require plan approval from DPH to ensure compliance with basic precautions to prevent spread of COVID-19.


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The Division of Small Business is here to help your business navigate this challenging time and succeed in the transition back to normalcy once it has passed.


DE Relief Grants give Delaware small businesses and nonprofits access to funds to cover expenses and provide relief related to COVID-19 .

The nearly $200 million program is a joint initiative  from the State and New Castle County.

The program is now closed to new applications.

The Hospitality Emergency Loan Program was started in the earliest days of Delaware’s State of Emergency.

Get answers to frequently asked questions about H.E.L.P. and information about program eligibility.

Information on programs including the Paycheck Protection Program, Shuttered Venue Operators Grant and Restaurant Revitalization Fund can be accessed through the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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