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So What is Considered an Essential Business?

Delaware has gone under a "Stay at Home Order" effective Tuesday, March 24th. In general this mean that essential businesses are closed. So what it an essential business?

Federal guidelines give state and local authorities leeway in what they consider "essential" businesses during an emergency. But in general, those industries include grocery stores and food production, pharmacies, health care, utilities, shipping, banking, other governmental services, law enforcement, emergency personnel and journalists.

Since each state can designate what is classified as essential, employers must be careful to follow regulations. Civil penalties could result from not following such executive orders.

I inquired about two stores in addition to the ones mentioned above that are essential to me. They are the local pet store and the local health food store in Rehoboth Beach. In addition to the businesses listed above, I rely on these two businesses very much. I was pleased to learn that both are considered essential businesses and will remain open.

So can you leave you house other than going to these stores? The answer is yes you may go out to exercise as long as you practice social distancing. I always exercise by walking 2 1/2 to 3 miles three to four times a week. I usually walk on the boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach, but since it's closed I walk for over 2 miles around downtown Rehoboth Beach or on the trail in Cape Henlopen State Park. You may also bike around town.

As of now, the park is open. We need to go out for our mental health just do so responsibly. No hoards of people together. Keep at least six feet away from other and enjoy your walk and your time outside. It makes a world of difference!

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