State Parks Beach Regulations
During COVID-19 the following beach regulations are in place.
- Cape Henlopen State Park, Delaware Seashore State Park and Fenwick Island State Park are open. The number of vehicles allowed in Cape Henlopen, Delaware Seashore and Fenwick Island State Parks will be limited to approximately 60% of the parking capacity. When the 60% capacity is reached, all vehicles will be turned away until vehicle volume within the parks is reduced. Vehicle restrictions may be lifted periodically as volume levels are noticeably reduced within the parks. These limits, which will be enforced at park entrances by DNREC Natural Resources Police, will not be managed based on a “one-in, one-out” policy that would encourage lines of waiting vehicles and people.
- At Cape Henlopen, when the main gate is closed to additional vehicles based on parking lot capacity, the closure will include vehicles that have arrived at the park for drive-on surf fishing as well.
- At Delaware Seashore and Fenwick Island surf fishing beaches, NRP officers will monitor the number of vehicles on the beach and will close drive-on beach entrances if vehicles fail to maintain the 20-foot distance between vehicles currently mandated by the Governor’s emergency order.
- Masks or face coverings are required in bathhouse and concession areas at all three parks and strongly encouraged on the beach as well.
- Sunbathing, swimming, picnicking, surfing, kayaking, walk-on surf fishing and other activities are allowed. Strict social distancing of 6ft between anyone outside a family unit must be maintained. Please remember to stay home if you are sick.
- Pets are allowed in parks but prohibited from swimming and sunbathing beaches until September 30. View a map of where dogs are permitted here.