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Coronavirus Cancelled Events

Cancellations/Postponements/Reopenings

Here are some useful resources on how travelers should prepare and what they should expect. Key points to remember are to pack face masks, hand sanitizer and maintain social distancing. 

July 10: Dewey Beach commissioners voted July 10 to approve an emergency ordinance requiring face coverings on public property, including bay and ocean beaches, only if social distancing is not possible.

July 7, Masks are no longer required on the beach at Rehoboth Beach. They are still required downtown and on the boardwalk as well as while entering and leaving the beach. 

July 2: Face coverings required in downtown Lewes Business District: At their special meeting on Thursday, July 2, Mayor and City Council approved an ordinance requiring that face coverings be worn in public outdoor areas in the area bound by both sides of Savannah Road, both sides of Market Street, Third Street, and the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. The ordinance goes into effect on Friday, July 3 at 5:00 p.m. and will remain in effect through Labor Day. The ordinance includes exceptions for persons under age 12, outdoor dining areas in accordance with Governor Carney’s State of Emergency, and when wearing a mask would present a health risk. 

July 2Bethany Beach Town Council adopted an ordinance Wednesday requiring face coverings in town including the boardwalk and boardwalk plaza, the commercial downtown area, along Garfield Parkway from the boardwalk to Coastal Highway & along Pennsylvania Avenue, beginning Friday a.m. Additionally, all town sponsored events including the summer concert series, bonfires on the beach, movies on the beach, and children's nights are cancelled for this summer. 

June 30: Phase 3 has been delayed indefinitely. Additionally, Gov. John Carney has shut down bar activity at the beach effective Friday, July 3, citing complacency, particularly in beach communities, and lack of compliance with wearing face coverings and proper social distancing. This order did not change capacity limits for beach restaurants; they may continue to operate at 60 percent of the fire code capacity.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has consistently advised the public to practice everyday preventative measures to help stop the spread of germs, as typical in the current flu and respiratory disease season. There are no travel restrictions or advisories in the domestic U.S. If you are concerned about travel within the United States, please check updated CDC recommendations here

If you are in Southern Delaware and suspect you may have been exposed to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), are experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms, or have further questions regarding the Coronavirus, please call the DHSS information line: 1-866-408-1899.

Additional Resources

World Health Organization

Delaware Public Health

If you are a business owner and have cancellations you would like to be included here, please email Caitlin at caitlin@visitsoutherndelaware.com

State Parks

  • 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.

  • Campgrounds and cabin rentals will continue.

  • State Park fees are reinstated.

Restaurants

Restaurants are now open under Phase 2 guidelines which require 60% capacity. Reservations are encouraged but not required. Bar service is not available in beach-area restaurants and all guests must be seated at a table.

We also suggest you consider purchasing gift certificates to your favorite eateries - many of them sell gift certificates online - so that when life returns to normal, you have some great meals to look forward to! 

Museums

In keeping with the Phase II reopening guidance issued by Gov. John Carney in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the five museums administered by the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs—the John Dickinson Plantation, Johnson Victrola Museum, New Castle Court House Museum, Old State House and Zwaanendael Museum—are now accepting reservations for self-guided tours. Admission is free and open to the public.

Tours will take place at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Sundays except for the Johnson Victrola Museum which is closed on Sundays. Each tour experience will be 30 minutes long to allow for proper cleaning between tour groups according to guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Reservations are required and are only available by calling the museum that you wish to visit. The health and safety of the division’s visitors and staff is our highest priority. 

Farmer's Markets

May 11, 2020: Farmer's Market are allowed to open on May 15th, with strict social distancing guidelines. Please check our Farmer's Market page for updates as they are made available.

Bethany Beach

  • Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival has been cancelled
  • 2020 Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral has been cancelled
  • 2020 8th Annual Warrior Beach Week has been postponed to 2021.
  • Bethany Beach 2020 Summer Concert Series shows have been cancelled 

Bridgeville

  • Apple Scrapple Festival is cancelled.
  • The Christmas in Bridgeville Craft Show is cancelled.

Dagsboro

  • The Nanticoke Indian Powwow is cancelled.

Dewey Beach

  • Doodles in Dewey Doodle Romp is cancelled for 2020. 
  • Milton Theatre's Zombie Fest is cancelled for 2020. 
  • Boo B Que Festival is cancelled for 2020. 
  • Alley Oop Skim's 2020 Summer Vibes Fest is cancelled. 
  • Dewey's Golden Jubilee is cancelled.

Georgetown

  • Return Day is cancelled
  • Wings & Wheels Festival is cancelled. 
  • The Tour de Sussex is cancelled.

Laurel

  • This event is postponed until June 5, 2021

Lewes

  • Boast the Coast has been cancelled
  • Lewes has cancelled it's Labor Day, 2020 Fireworks
  • The 2020 Lewes Artists Studio Tour has been cancelled and will return September 18, 2021.

  • Lewes Chautauqua will be held virtually September 10 & 11 and 19 & 20. 

  • Lewes Canalfront Park Summer Movies and Concerts are cancelled.

  • Slam Dunk to the Beach has been cancelled.

Milford

  • The Riverfront Theatre is closed to the public.
  • Second Street Players theater has cancelled all performances for the remainder of 2020.
  • The Riverwalk Freedom Festival is cancelled.

Milton

  • The Dog Days of Summer Festival has been cancelled. 
  • Dogfish Head has cancelled it's 2020 Dogfish Dash in September. 
  • The Milton Historical Society will be closed. 
  • The Milton Arts Guild gallery is closed.
  • The 2020 Summer Concert Series is cancelled.
  • The Milton Farmer's Market is closed for the 2020 season.
  • The Milton Zombie Fest is cancelled.

Rehoboth Beach

  • Clear Space Theatre has chosen to proactively cancel the last two weeks of the summer repertory season of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, CABARET, and SISTER ACT.  This includes a performance of SISTER ACT at Freeman Stage on August 21. This is for performances through August 29. The performances of CONSTELLATIONS, HEROIC HERCULES, and CINDERELLA are not affected by the decision to end the summer repertory shows.
  • The 2020 Sea Witch Festival has been postponed until 2021.
  • All Rehoboth Children's Theatre shows are canceled.
  • Rehoboth Beach 2020 Summer Concert Series at the Bandstand has been cancelled.
  • The Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival is postponed until 2021 but the Rehoboth Beach COVID Be Damned Mini Jazz Fest event is happening October 16-18.
  • The Boo B Que is cancelled.

Seaford

  • The rest of Seaford Community Concerts' season is postponed.

Selbyville

  • Old Timers Day has been cancelled for 2020.

DART First State

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