How has Delaware’s tourism industry responded to the COVID-19 pandemic?

How has Delaware’s tourism industry responded to the COVID-19 pandemic?

Like many other states in the US and around the world, Delaware’s tourism industry has been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The state’s government and tourism organizations have responded with various measures to mitigate the impact and ensure public safety.

The state of Delaware issued a stay-at-home order and closed non-essential businesses in March 2020. In June 2020, the state entered the first phase of its reopening plan, which allowed some businesses to reopen with restrictions on capacity and social distancing measures. As of May 2023, Delaware is fully open with no restrictions, and tourists are welcome to visit.

To encourage tourism, the Delaware Tourism Office launched the “Southern Delaware Tourism & COVID-19” webpage to provide updates and resources for businesses and visitors. The office also launched the “Summer Safely” campaign, which included messaging to encourage visitors to wear masks and practice social distancing while enjoying outdoor activities.

Many popular tourist destinations in Delaware, such as the beaches, have implemented additional safety measures, such as increased cleaning and sanitization, limiting capacity, and requiring masks indoors.

Overall, while the pandemic has certainly impacted Delaware’s tourism industry, the state’s response has focused on public safety and gradually reopening, while also encouraging visitors to enjoy Delaware’s natural attractions responsibly.


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