COVID-19 in Delaware
The Delaware Tourism Office is continuously monitoring COVID-19 and its impact on tourism in Delaware. We have gathered the following resources that will be helpful to your business/organization.
Small Business Administration Loans
On March 18, 2020, Delaware was approved for and Economic Injury Disaster Declaration from the U.S. Small Business Administration. These loans assist small businesses, nonprofits and more, in meeting ordinary and necessary financial obligations that cannot be met as the result of a disaster. You can apply for a loan through the program here and to view terms of the loans, interest rates and more, please visit this site.
Hospitality Emergency Loan Program (HELP)
To assist hospitality-related businesses, the Division of Small Business has launched the Hospitality Emergency Loan Program (HELP) which makes available no-interest loans of up to $10,000 per business per month and is open to businesses with less than $1.5 million in annual revenue and have been operating for at least 12 months. Applications will be available online later this week. You can start preparing now by collecting these documents.
Open Communication with DTO
Experiencing cancellations? Please submit information about hotel room, meeting/conventions, sports and event cancellations with this form. This is of great importance for DTO to track the impact of the coronavirus to the industry. We will also use the information you share to update our website to help provide visitors with the most accurate information.
At this time, there are no restrictions regarding travel to/in Delaware. Please use the CDC website to view current travel restrictions. For at-risk populations, please follow the guidance of the CDC and DPH. An update to Delaware’s State of Emergency, Delaware beaches will be closed from March 21 - May 15, 2020, or until the public health threat of COVID-19 has been eliminated. The public is prohibited from accessing the beach except to exercise or walk their dogs where dogs are permitted.
What to say to potential travelers?
Please direct travelers to http://de.gov/coronavirus for the most up-to-date information and remind them that Delaware is open for business and while traveling it’s important to follow the CDC and DPH’s standard health measures including regularly washing hands, avoiding touching your face, seeing a doctor and avoiding crowds if you feel sick.
Are the restaurants and craft beverage locations closed?
Many local restaurants are offering delivery and take-out! View locations at http://ow.ly/XiIO50yT6c5. You can also enjoy Delaware’s craft beverages by utilizing take out and curbside pickup. View top locations at http://ow.ly/22R150yT6ep.
Are the beaches closed?
The beaches and boardwalks are closed. We ask you to remember Safety Now. Sand Later. Please check with your favorite beach area restaurants and craft beverage location to see if they're offering delivery/take-out.
Can I shop at stores?
Yes. Grocery stores, pharmacies and other essential shops remain open. View a map of stores that are open now at http://ow.ly/TZIW50yT9Z5. Many boutiques are offering online ordering, making it easy to shop local from home. View some online shopping options at VisitDelaware.com/ShopLocalDE
Can I take a walk outside?
Yes. It's great to get outside and enjoy the fresh air with a walk along a trail or through a park, but please do so safely and maintain social distancing. Please do not walk in large groups or along crowded paths.
What are some things I can do with my kids?
Spending time outdoors at a park while maintaining social distancing is a great option. At this time, state parks remain open as well as gardens and other outdoor spaces. Local businesses like The Great STEMporium offer great activities to do at home. View more options at http://ow.ly/LJsD50yT6tQ.
Please remember to follow the CDC and DPH’s advice including regularly washing hands, avoiding touching your face, avoiding crowds and seeing a doctor if you feel sick.
View up-to-date information at coronavirus.delaware.gov