What to expect when arriving in Delaware

Planning a trip to Delaware? While it’s exciting to return, please take the time to plan for these changes before your trip by following these tips and prepare for what to expect by keeping the below items in mind when visiting Delaware in 2020.

Face coverings: When enjoying public spaces from dining to the beach boardwalks, face coverings are required. A face covering must be worn whenever in a setting with members of another household, regardless of ability to physically distance.

Social distancing: Please be sure to maintain six feet of distance between yourself and anyone outside your family unit, even when you’re outdoors, including on the beach.

Hand washing: Keeping your hands clean and germ-free is more important than ever so be prepared to wash regularly and bring hand sanitizer for a more convenient option.

Limited capacity: Food and drink establishments are open, operating at 50 percent capacity. Take-out, curbside, or drive through services will be available. Outdoor dining is available in many areas to create more air flow while dining out. There are still plenty of delicious dining options to enjoy and tax-free shopping to explore.

Reservations may be required: Reservations may be required at restaurants. You'll notice that tables are spaced further apart, paper menus and waitstaff with face coverings. Historical attractions may also require reservations which may involve meeting an employee at the door and sanitizing your hands upon entry. Remember to bring your face covering! Look into your desired destinations at least a week ahead of time to be prepared on what to expect.

Changes in overnight accommodation protocol: Your hotel or vacation rental may reach out to you before your arrival to provide instructions for checking in and out that have been modified due to COVID-19. Housekeeping services may have also been changed so please follow all instructions to make your stay easy.Customer Protection Standards

Support local business: Many small businesses have been operating at 50 percent capacity since the start of COVID-19 so, show them some love by opting for local businesses with their unique products and cuisines rather than the stores and restaurants you can visit in your home town too.

Consumer Protection Standards: You'll see many businesses with a shield decal at the entrance that says "Consumer Protection Standards." These businesses have participated in a voluntary program with the Delaware Division of Small Business. The decal shows that business working hard to meet a high level of safety standards.

Most of all, enjoy your visit! Things may be a bit different this year, but there’s still plenty of fun to be had. While we look forward to having you visit, please remember to travel in small groups (your family unit) and please stay home if you’re feeling sick.