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. It’s important to remember to stay home if you’re sick, take precautions such as; wear a mask in public places (including outdoors), maintain social distancing and wash hands regularly.

Phase 1

Beginning June 1, 2020, the travel ban was lifted and commercial lodging (including hotels, rentals, etc.) opened to out-of-state guests without quarantine.

Businesses that opened in Phase 1 with restrictions include food and drink establishments, hotels and rentals, arts and culture, malls, barber shops, hair salons, exercise facilities, realty, casinos, racetracks, parks, child care, youth sports and places of worship.

View detailed information regarding the restrictions on each type of business opening in Phase 1 here.

Phase 2

Phase 2 of Delaware's reopening begins on June 15, 2020. This phase loosens some restrictions on businesses. Please review detailed information about the changes that will take place in Phase 2 here.

COVID-19 FAQs

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

Are the beaches open?
Yes, beaches are open. Beginning June 1, 2020, the 14-day quarantine will be lifted and beaches will be open to out-of-state guests without quarantine. Face masks are required on boardwalks and highly encouraged on the beaches. View beach regulations in their entirety here.

Are hotels/vacation rentals, etc. closed?
Beginning June 1, 2020, the ban will be lifted on commercial lodging. Hotels, rentals, etc. will be open to out-of-state guests without quarantine.

When is the best time to visit?
Please consider traveling and visiting at non-peak times. 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.

Are the restaurants and craft beverage locations closed?
Many local restaurants are offering delivery and take-out at this time. View locations here. You can also enjoy Delaware’s craft beverages by utilizing take out and curbside pickup. Beginning June 1, 2020, food and drink establishments will open but will require reservations and have limited capacity. View full the regulations here.

Can I shop at stores?
Yes. Grocery stores, pharmacies and other essential shops remain open. View this map of stores that are open now. Many stores are offering online ordering, making it easy to shop local from home. View some online shopping options at VisitDelaware.com/ShopLocal. Beginning on June 1, 2020, retail stores will open with certain restrictions including mandatory face masks, strict social distancing and a limit on the number of customers allowed. View more here.

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 all state park nature centers, bathrooms, campsites, cabins, etc. are closed at this time. Anyone visiting a park or wildlife area is required to wear a face mask, 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 events allowed?
Beginning June 1, 2020 organized structured outdoor events of up to 250 people will be allowed. Events must be outdoors, held in an unenclosed space and structured (seated). Events of more than 250 must receive approval by the Division of Small Business – requests must be submitted at least seven days prior to the gathering. If you are hosting a large event, please submit your plan to covid19faq@delaware.gov.

Additional Information

Find the answers to top questions regarding COVID-19 and travel in Delaware.
View the full State of Emergency including live updates.
Own a business or attraction? View current regulations, available resources and more.
View COVID-19 regulations for each beach town here.

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 mask
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.