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. The state currently has capacity/gathering limitations and safety precautions in place. Please prepare and review what to expect when you arrive or read the FAQs below.

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 Explore Safely. You can also view the go-to guide for more information on travel planning.

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 and current data for COVID-19 in the state, 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 restaurants, grocery stores, pharmacies, doctors’ offices, public transportation, parks and boardwalks. Face coverings are highly encouraged on the beach as well. Face covering must be worn whenever in a setting with members of another household, regardless of ability to physically distance.

Are the Delaware beaches open?
Yes, the beaches are open. Face coverings are required on boardwalks, indoors and highly encouraged on the beaches. Additional measures at the beaches such as capacity restrictions in food and drink establishments to help with social distancing have been implemented. By planning ahead, it is suggested to travel in non-peak times to help ensure social distancing. Weekdays and the winter 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. are at a limited 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 and face coverings must be worn regardless of ability to physically distance. Browse through listings of places to stay during your visit.

Are the restaurants and craft beverage locations open?
Food and drink establishments are open, operating at limited capacity. Take-out, curbside, or drive through services are available. Dining and craft beverage locations are following specific safety regulations. Outdoor dining is available in many areas to create more air flow while dining out. It is required to wear your face covering until food is delivered to the table and to dine only with people from your immediate family unit. View what to expect when dining in Delaware here.

Can I go camping?
Yes. 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 winter/early spring 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 operating at limited capacity. Shoppers must wear a face covering and maintain social distance in stores. There are also lots of great options for online ordering or curbside pickup options

Are museums open?
Yes, museums are open and operating at limited capacity. Face coverings are required and indoor attractions have limited capacity. Guests must follow social distancing practices. We suggest viewing the museum's website, social media or giving them a call to make plans.

Are there any events going on?
Yes, there are several COVID-19 compliant events happening throughout the state each week. Browse the Visit Delaware event calendar for information on drive-in movies, socially distanced holiday displays and more.

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 as well as private gardens, historic estates and local parks are open. Anyone visiting a park or wildlife area must wear a face covering, practice social distancing and encouraged to visit during non-peak hours before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m. daily. The number of individuals in parks and wildlife areas may be limited if attendance prevents social distancing. All Delaware State Park nature centers will be closed December 14 through January 11, 2021. For virtual programs visit destateparks.com/VirtualParks.

Are salons and spas open?
Yes, salons and spas are open and operating at limited capacity. Face coverings and appointments are required. Each station will be disinfected between clients.

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.
The Delaware Discovery Advisors can help you plan a getaway with suggestions on what’s open and details on how to Explore Safely.
If you’re visiting, or traveling in, Delaware, it's important to do so safely.
Here are some helpful tips for planning ahead and a few common safety precautions to make your journey even more enjoyable