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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 7: Face coverings are required in all public spaces in Rehoboth Beach, with exceptions for people actively on the beach.

  •  Facial coverings shall not be required while actively bathing in ocean water.

  • Facial coverings shall be required while entering and leaving the beach. Face coverings shall not be required to be worn while on the beach when social distancing of 6 feet is possible.

  • Facial coverings shall not be required to be worn while exercising when social distancing is possible. Exercise is defined as a strenuous activity requiring physical effort, carried out to sustain or improve health and fitness.

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 requireed. 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.

Spring Delmarva Birding Weekend has been postponed

Bethany Beach

  • All special events until July 15 are canceled. Including the 4th of July Parade and 4th of July fireworks.
  •  2020 8th Annual Warrior Beach Week has been postponed to 2021.
  • Bethany Beach 2020 Summer Concert Series shows have been cancelled through July 15. Stay tuned for updates. 

Bridgeville

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

Dagsboro

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Dewey Beach

  • Alley Oop Skim's 2020 Summer Vibes Fest is cancelled. 
  • Dewey's Golden Jubilee is cancelled.

Georgetown

  • The Tour de Sussex is cancelled.

Laurel

  • The Broad Creek Bike and Brew is will have a "virtual ride" June 5th-7th. The regular event is postponed until September 26th.

Lewes

  • Coastal Concerts Andrew Garland/Warren Jones Concert scheduled for Saturday, March 14 is postponed. Rescheduled date to be announced. 
  • Cape May-Lewes Ferry is sailing six (6) departures from each terminal midweek (Tues-Thurs), seven (7) departures on Mondays and Fridays, and nine (9) departures from each terminal on weekends. Traffic is restricted to vehicles and bicycles only. Foot passenger travel resumes Wednesday, July 8.

  • The 2020 Lewes Artists Studio Tour has been cancelled and will return September 18, 2021.

  • Lewes Canalfront Park Summer Movies and Concerts are cancelled.

Milford

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

Milton

  • 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.

Rehoboth Beach

  • The Rehoboth Beach Chocolate Festival has been canceled. They are planning to reschedule for Fall, 2020
  • All Rehoboth Children's Theatre shows are canceled.
  • Funland's 2020 opening will be July 10th, with restrictions.
  • Rehoboth Beach 2020 Summer Concert Series at the Bandstand has been cancelled.

Seaford

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

 

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