Please be prepared to take precautions relating to COVID-19 and visit the CDC website to view current travel updates. You can find the most up to date information regarding the coronavirus in Delaware at http://de.gov/coronavirus.
Please remember while traveling to:
- Regularly wash your hands
- Avoid touching your face
- Avoid crowds
- See a doctor if you feel sick
Please reach out directly to hotels, businesses and, event organizers regarding their current state of operations and any changes that may impact your travel plans.
Governor John Carney declared a State of Emergency beginning on March 13, 2020 mobilizing state agency resources to assist with the state’s response to the virus. The State of Emergency was modified on March 16, 2020 to limit Delaware restaurants, taverns and bars to take-out and delivery service only to help prevent spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Governor Carney’s updated emergency declaration also bans public gatherings of 50 or more people, consistent with updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and closes gaming activity at Delaware casinos.
Please note the Delaware Welcome Center on 1-95 will be closed beginning at 6 p.m. on March 17, 2020. Gas, restrooms and drive-through coffee are the only services that will be available after the closure.
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.
Delaware State Park offices and nature centers will close after the end of the day March 17, 2020. State Park programs and tours are canceled. Parks are open, and no entrance fees will be charged until April 30. All state park campsites, cabins, bathhouses, and cottages are closed at this time. Anyone visiting a park or wildlife area is encouraged to engage in responsible social distancing practices, avoiding groupings of people. At this time, beaches are closed.
Are the restaurants and craft beverage locations closed?
Many local restaurants are offering delivery and take-out! View locations here. You can also enjoy Delaware’s craft beverages by utilizing take out and curbside pickup. View top locations here.
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 this map of stores that are open now. 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 here.
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.
You can find the most up to date information regarding the coronavirus in Delaware at http://de.gov/coronavirus.