Delaware to Reopen Beaches, Pools, Ice Cream Shops; Out of State Quarantine Remains in Effect

On Thursday, Delaware Governor John Carney announced the state’s beaches, pools and ice cream shops will soon reopen.

Effective at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 22, beaches and community pools will be permitted to reopen with strict social distancing requirements and other restrictions. Ice cream shops and trucks may also reopen with restrictions at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 15.

The Governor says out of state visitors must continue to adhere to a mandatory 14-day quarantine. A ban on short term rental properties for out-of-state travelers remain in effect. Non-Delawareans who have been in the state for at least 14 days can visit the beach.

Beachgoers will be required to maintain 6 feet of social distancing between themselves and anyone outside of their household. Face coverings must be worn on boardwalks and are encouraged on beaches.

Beaches at Cape Henlopen, Delaware Seashore and Fenwick Island state parks will be able to limit capacity to vehicles to enforce social distancing.

Governor Carney said “Summer at the beach and the pool is a huge part of life for so many Delawareans. As we ease our way into a new normal, we’re trying to find ways for Delawareans to enjoy the outdoors and the company of their families.” He continued “I want to be very clear to our friends who want to travel here from outside the state. While we hope one day soon to be able to welcome you to our beaches, that time has not yet come.”