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Delaware Requires Nonresidents to Self-Quarantine; Restricting Visitors to Wildlife Areas, Parks

Delaware Requires Nonresidents to Self-Quarantine; Restricting Visitors to Wildlife Areas, Parks

 

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Anyone entering the State of Delaware must immediately self-quarantine for 14 days before engaging in fishing, hunting, visiting state parks and wildlife areas, or using boat rams.

Delaware’s wildlife areas are open as well as state parks, however, the Department of Natural Resources and Environment Control (DNREC) is limiting the numbers of visitors following crowding and public health concerns due to coronavirus. Starting Friday, April 10, DNREC Natural Resources Police will begin to limit vehicle access to parks and wildlife areas when the number of visitors causes crowding and prevents safe social distancing.

Entrance fees to all wildlife areas and state parks have been waived through April 30, but all state park buildings, including bathrooms, offices and nature centers, are closed. Park campsites, cabins, cottages, yurts and playgrounds are also closed. Campground reservations have been cancelled through May 15. Full refunds will be issued for reservations scheduled during that time. Call 877-987-2757.

All Delaware beaches are closed until May 15 or until the COVID-19 threat has been eliminated. For those with current surf fishing permits, there is limited vehicle access to beaches in Cape Henlopen, Delaware Seashore and Fenwick Island state parks. Only fishing from vehicles will be allowed. Only two anglers per vehicle, they must be from the same household and must actively fish at all times. Vehicles must maintain a 20-yard distance from each other. Parking and fishing at the Indian River Inlet within Delaware Seashore State Park is permitted.

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