Police in Delaware have been given the authority to pull over out-of-state drivers during the coronavirus pandemic. Delaware State Police say Gov. John Carney’s state of emergency declaration “authorizes any Delaware law enforcement officer to stop a vehicle driving within the state simply because it is displaying out-of-state tags.”
“Now is not the time to visit Delaware. As a state and a nation, we are facing a serious situation that is getting worse each day. Our goal is to limit a surge in COVID-19 cases that would overwhelm our hospital system. Per the order, we must control and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our Delaware communities coming in from other states. We’ll get through this – but everyone needs to do their part,” Delaware State Police said in a release.
Contained within this modification there are limited exceptions that allow for out-of-state persons and vehicles to enter Delaware without being required to self-quarantine, including:
- Motorists may pass through Delaware en-route to other states.
- Motorists may leave their home state (PA, NJ, MD, etc.) to work for a Delaware designated essential business, to care for a family member in Delaware, or for healthcare reasons (pharmacy, going to vet, visiting PCP) in Delaware.
- Out-of-state employees who work for an essential business in Delaware but who could otherwise do their work from home should remain home.
- The Delaware Department of Justice and Delaware law enforcement agencies are empowered to respond, inspect and react accordingly. Out-of-state visitors who fail to self-quarantine could face criminal charges.
With travel restrictions in place due to the coronavirus pandemic, Delaware State Police are hoping to clarify any confusion regarding current restrictions and exceptions. #BecauseLocalMattershttps://t.co/7AZh9tjeL9— 47 ABC (@47abc) April 3, 2020
The Delaware State Police say they plan to enforce Governor Carney's state of emergency reducing the reasons out-of-state drivers can be in Delaware due to COVID-19. https://t.co/TlPYOKd0qD— 101.7FM / 1150AM WDEL (@WDEL) April 3, 2020