By Greg Argos

NEWARK, Del. (CBS) — Starting Monday, you can dine in or outside again in Delaware. On Thursday, a few restaurants got together to celebrate the end of this shutdown and beginnings of hope.

Monday is a date circled in red for many Delaware business owners. It’s the date the First State is beginning its first phase of reopening after shutting down during the coronavirus pandemic.

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“We know on Monday, we’re back open,” Ryan German said.

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For Ryan German’s Caffe Gelato in Newark, dine-in services are once again permitted under the following guidelines:

  • Indoor seating is capped at 30% capacity;
  • Outdoor tables must be spaced at least six feet apart;
  • Reservations are required
  • All those dining together must live in the same household

“To be able to be open next week, we feel really good about it,” German said.

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So German teamed up with two other Delaware establishments, Pizza by Elizabeth in Wilmington and the Starboard in Dewey Beach, to offer a free concert for guests who picked up dinner Thursday.


It’s a way to thank their customers during this difficult time.

“We’d really love to see you in the restaurant starting Monday,” German said.

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Besides restaurants, retail establishments like malls can reopen on Monday, as well as gyms, casinos and tanning salons. Capacity must be limited to 30% and strict social distancing guidelines must be in place.