Delaware Opens Farmers Markets, Jobless Up

May 12, 2020

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DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware agriculture officials have announced that farmers markets will be allowed to reopen Friday after being closed for nearly two months amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Delaware Department of Agriculture announced the reopening Monday and detailed a series of protocols that would be enacted to help the sites operate safely. Under the new rules, markets won't be allowed to host entertainment shows or activities and food trucks and prepared food won't be offered for consumption on-site. Instead, the markets will either be walk-throughs or drive-thrus, all customers must wear face coverings and visitors won't be allowed to handle items, among other measures.

Jobless

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — More than 109,000 people filed for unemployment benefits in Maryland last week. The numbers released by the state's labor department on Thursday are the highest number of claims in Maryland in a week's time since the coronavirus outbreak forced many businesses to shutter. The number of claims rose as a federal stimulus package extended unemployment benefits to gig workers and the self employed. More than 490,000 people have filed for unemployment in Maryland in the last seven weeks. Roughly 33.5 million people have filed for jobless claims in the United States since the pandemic started forcing millions of companies to close their doors.

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The pace at which Delawareans are filing unemployment claims amid the coronavirus epidemic is continuing to decline steadily but still remains at an unprecedented level. Officials reported Thursday that more than 6,180 initial unemployment claims were filed last week. That’s down from about 7,750 the previous week and the fifth straight weekly decline. Last week’s total is less than a third of the number of filings in the both the final week of March and the first week of April. More than 84,000 Delawareans have filed for unemployment benefits since March 15, including more than 30,000 in March.

Delaware Primary

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DOVER, Del. (AP) — Democratic Gov. John Carney has postponed Delaware’s presidential primary for the second time because of the coronavirus and ordered state elections officials to mail absentee ballot applications to every Democratic and Republican voter in the state. Carney also said Thursday that the Department of Elections will be required to operate only a limited number of polling places on Election Day. His directive calls for at least six polling places in each county to allow in-person voting for those choosing not to cast absentee ballots.  More than 310 polling places were open in the 2016 presidential primary.