Del. State Park beach restrictions to be lifted for Memorial Day weekend, visitor numbers limited

DOVER, Del. – The Delaware Department of Natural Resources announced on Tuesday that Delawareans will be allowed to resume swimming and sunbathing on state park beaches for Memorial Day weekend.

All restrictions on beaches will be lifted by the Governor at 5 p.m. Friday, May 22nd. Out-of-state visitors who have maintained a 14-day quarantine since entering the state will also be allowed to resume activity on Delaware beaches.

A minimum of six feet of distance will be required on beaches among those from different households, and groups of visitors from the same household may not exceed 10 people. Masks or face coverings are encouraged to be worn on beaches. Visitors must bring masks or face coverings with them to the parks and they must be worn when social distancing is difficult to maintain, such as in park offices, concession buildings, bathhouses, and trails and paths where others are present.

Cape Henlopen, Delaware Seashore, and Fenwick Island state parks will have capacity limits of between 50% and 70% of parking spaces, that will be enforced at entrances and through closure of parking spaces.

Beach area bathrooms and bathhouses will open on May 22nd. Most bathrooms in other state parks statewide will be open, but some will remain closed due to distancing and cleaning considerations. Bathrooms will be cleaned multiple times per day.

The emergency limit on number of persons per vehicle for surf fishing will be lifted, and now only one person will need to be actively fishing. However, 20-foot distancing between vehicles will be required, and drive-on beaches may be closed when the carrying capacity to implement social distancing is not possible.

Daily park entrance fees will only be collected via the automated credit card machines or self-registration envelopes provided at park entrances for those without annual passes or permits.

Camping and pavilion reservations at all state parks have been canceled through May 31st, and full refunds will be issued.

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