Travel Advisory

This year, traveling in Delaware will be different. Please take the time to plan for these changes before your trip by following these tips and prepare for what to expect when you arrive here. Phase 2 of Delaware's reopening began on June 15, 2020 which includes capacity limitations and safety precautions. Please review detailed information about the changes that will take place in Phase 2 here.

As Delaware reopens, it is important to plan ahead and adhere to safety precautions. Face coverings are required in public places including outdoors. Strict social distancing of 6ft between anyone outside a family unit must be maintained. Please remember to stay home if you are sick. Delaware will always be here to discover later.

Make sure to review guidelines before arriving at your destination. Some locations may be operating under different capacity or require reservations. If you have questions, please complete this form and the Delaware Discovery Advisors can help with suggestions on what’s open and details on how to Summer Safely. You can also view the go-to guide for more information on travel planning.

If you’re traveling it is highly suggested by the CDC that individuals be tested for COVID-19 upon returning home and quarantine pending the results of the test. If you are aware of coming into contact with COVID-19 here is information for testing in Delaware https://coronavirus.delaware.gov/testing.

For the latest on Delaware’s response, go to de.gov/coronavirus.

COVID-19 FAQs

Do I have to wear a face covering?
Yes, face coverings are required in all public spaces including grocery stores, pharmacies, doctors’ offices, public transportation, parks and boardwalks. Face coverings are highly encouraged on the beach as well.

Are the beaches open?
Yes, beaches are open. Face coverings are required on boardwalks and highly encouraged on the beaches. View beach regulations in their entirety here. Additional measures at the beaches such as capacity restrictions in food and drink establishments to help with social distancing have been implemented. Delaware State Park beaches will have limited access. By planning ahead, it is suggested to travel in non-peak times to help ensure social distancing. Weekdays or the fall season are ideal times to visit the beaches. Please remember to stay home if you are sick. Delaware will always be here to discover later.

Are hotels/vacation rentals, etc. open?
Yes, hotels, rentals, etc. are open to out-of-state guests without quarantine. Locations are following enhanced safety and disinfecting protocol. Common areas such as; lobby, dining, etc. will have be at 60% capacity. It is important to remember that gatherings should be limited. Strict social distancing of 6ft between anyone outside a family unit must be maintained. 

Are the restaurants and craft beverage locations closed?
Food and drink establishments are open, will be operating at 60% capacity and following specific safety regulations. Bars in the beach area will be closed drinks from the bar can be prepared and brought to diners seated at a table. View what to expect when dining in Delaware here

Can I go camping?
Yes, you may go camping. All tents, RVs, etc. must be spaced apart to allow groups to maintain social distancing.

When is the best time to visit?
Please consider traveling and visiting at non-peak times including the fall season. Popular check in times are Friday and Saturday and popular check out times are Saturday and Sunday. Consider traveling or visiting on a weekday to reduce the number of visitors you’ll encounter whether it be in the hotel lobby or lounging on the beach.

Can I shop at stores?
Yes. Retail stores are open and will operate at 60% capacity. Shoppers must wear a face covering and maintain social distance in stores. Consider utilizing online ordering or curbside pickup options. 

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. Delaware State Parks are open but may have limited access and offerings. Anyone visiting a park or wildlife area is required to wear a face covering, practice social distancing and encouraged to visit during non-peak hours. The number of individuals in parks and wildlife areas may be limited if attendance prevents social distancing.

Are pools open?
Yes, pools are open and may operate at 60% capacity with increased disinfecting protocol.

Are salons and spas open?
Yes, salons and spas are open and may operate at 30% capacity. Face coverings and appointments are required. Each station will be disinfected between clients.

Are museums open?
Yes museums are open. Face coverings are required and indoor attractions may operate at 60% capacity. Guests must follow social distancing practices.

How do I report a business or individual not in compliance with COVID-19 protocols?
Concerns that a business may be violating operating restrictions should be directed to: HSPContact@delaware.gov. Individuals who have complaints about individuals violating public gathering restrictions should contact state or local law enforcement.

Additional Information

Learn the ins and outs of planning a trip to Delaware.
View COVID-19 regulations for each beach town here.
The Delaware Discovery Advisors can help you plan a getaway with suggestions on what’s open and details on how to Summer Safely.
View information about using the beach responsibly this summer.

COVID-19 and You

As the situation continues to evolve, see how COVID-19 is effecting Delaware and your community here.

Please remember to:
Wear a face covering
Regularly wash your hands
Avoid touching your face
Avoid crowds
See a doctor if you feel sick

If you have further questions not addressed at coronavirus.delaware.gov, please dial 211 or email dphcall@delaware.gov.