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New restrictions set for beaches at Delaware State Parks starting Friday

Bars in the state’s beach communities are not alone in seeing coronavirus restrictions for the 4th of July weekend.


Visitors to beaches at Delaware State Parks will also find access limited as the state tries to tamp down the rising number of COVID-19 cases in Eastern Sussex County.  The restrictions start Friday, July 3, 2020 and will remain in place until further notice.

They include limiting the number of vehicles at Cape Henlopen, Delaware Seashore and Fenwick Island State Parks to 60-percent of parking capacity.  And at Cape Henlopen State Park, vehicles there for drive-on surf fishing are included in that capacity.

The limit will be enforced at park entrances by DNREC Natural Resources Police and will not be a “one-out/one-in” system.

DNREC Natural Resources Police also plan to monitor the number of vehicles on Delaware Seashore and Fenwick Island’s surf fishing beaches. They will shut down drive-on access if they fail to maintain the mandated 20-foot distance between vehicles. 

Masks or face coverings are also required in bathhouse and concession areas at all three parks and are strongly encouraged on the beach.



Kelli Steele has over 30 years of experience covering news in Delaware, Baltimore, Winchester, Virginia, Phoenix, Arizona and San Diego, California.