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DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware Gov. John Carney is ordering people in his state to wear masks in indoor business settings and extending a mask requirement for schools and child care facilities.

Carney on Monday signed a revision to a previously issued state of emergency declaration that requires people to wear masks inside grocery stores, convenience stores, gyms, restaurants, malls and other indoor settings.

The mandate took effect at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

Carney, a Democrat, also said that indoor mask requirements in K-12 public and private schools and child care facilities will be extended. The school mask requirement had been set to expire in early February.

New Jersey's mandate for masks in schools and daycares will also remain in effect despite a looming expiration of the requirement. Gov. Phil Murphy did not specify how much longer the mandate would be in place or say how he planned to continue it, whether by executive order or as part of a legislative deal with lawmakers.

Murphy had requested lawmakers extend the mask requirement on New Year's Day, pointing to the super-contagious omicron variant that's shattering COVID-19 infection records.

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