With entrance fees to Delaware State Parks and state wildlife areas currently waived, Delawareans are getting outside to stay active and healthy, Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control said, offering tips for enjoying the outdoors safely during the coronavirus (COVID-19) period:
• Keep your social distance, even when outside. Enjoy less crowded areas. Limit your group to fewer than 10 people and keep at least 6 feet away from other visitors.
• Avoid close-contact activities. Instead, fish, hike, paddleboard, ride a bicycle or explore nature.
• Don’t rent or share sports equipment. Use your own binoculars, bike, fishing rod, golf disc, kayak, yoga mat, etc.
• Wipe down sports equipment before and after use. Disinfect gear with federal recommended products including diluted household bleach solutions, alcohol solutions with at least 70 percent alcohol and EPA-registered household disinfectants.
• Avoid playgrounds. Delaware State Parks has closed all its playgrounds, but they may still be open in other areas. Surfaces such as slides and swings have a lot of touch points that could potentially spread the virus.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Wash your hands. Use soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds. If you don’t have access to soap and water, use hand sanitizer until you can wash your hands.
• If you’re sick, stay home. If you’re sick or have been sick in the past two weeks, please stay home to recuperate.
“If you choose to get outside, please take precautions to protect yourself, your family and your community,” said DNREC Secretary Shawn Garvin. “Whether you’re spending time in your own back yard or exploring our state’s nature areas, practice social distancing and be safe. And please watch for possible changing announcement in the interest of public health and safety.”
Delaware State Parks offers Play Outside, a map-based, mobile-friendly app that helps visitors find parks, natural areas, trails and more. Filter the search by county and facility to find appropriate options during the coronavirus period.
As a reminder, the public is currently prohibited from accessing all public and private beaches except to exercise or walk their dogs where dogs are permitted. Beach access from within Cape Henlopen, Delaware Seashore and Fenwick Island state parks is prohibited at this time. Many towns have more stringently prohibited all beach access, in the town limits of Bethany Beach, South Bethany and Fenwick Island.
Parking and fishing at the Indian River Inlet within Delaware Seashore State Park is permitted at this time. Anglers can fish from the sidewalk along the inlet, but not from the ocean beach.