March 17th Legislative Update

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The Chamber is on the job and working to advocate for businesses during the Covid-19 State of Emergency

Yesterday afternoon (Monday March 16), Governor Carney issued new guidance, modifying the state of emergency he issued last week. The order now includes the statewide banning of gatherings of more than 50 people, and closes gaming at Delaware casinos. Bars and restaurants will be limited to take-out and delivery only.  These measures went into effect at 8:00 p.m. on March 16.

Chamber President Bob Chadwick has been in contact with senior staff in the Governor’s Office, Delaware’s Congressional Delegation and other key policy leaders seeking the most up-to-date information and advising on measures to aid Delaware businesses and their employees during this difficult period. 

This afternoon, Bob will be speaking with the chairmen of key business committees in the State House and Senate to discuss what measures can be taken to mitigate the impact of the Coronavirus on our State’s economy.  

As a reminder, as important as economic considerations are, health and safety must come first.  Please exercise sound judgment, adhere to expert recommendations and comply with applicable laws, regulations and orders.  Together, we will get through this.

Do you have a recommendation as to how state and/or federal government can assist Delaware businesses during this crisis? If so, please e-mail your comments and/or concerns to Joe Fitzgerald at