Wilmington & the Brandywine Valley Safe Travel Go-to Guide

If you’re visiting, or traveling in, Wilmington & the Brandywine Valley or throughout Delaware, it's important to do so safely.

  • Bring a face covering to wear in public settings - even outdoors!
  • Wash your hands often - bring some hand sanitizer as a convenient option.
  • Practice social distancing by keeping six feet between you and anyone outside your travel group.
  • If you're sick, stay home.

Download your Explore Safely Checklist and view more information about how to travel, stay and visit safely in Wilmington & the Brandywine Valley below.

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Travel Safely

DTO Travel Safely IconPlan wisely. Review safety precautions: We’re always learning more about COVID-19, so stay up-to-date with the latest safety practices.

Plan your stay: For a hassle-free getaway, make a travel itinerary and check in with businesses or locations you want to visit ahead of time.

Make reservations: Since seating is limited, reservations for dining are recommended. Make sure to make yours ahead of time by visiting restaurants’ websites. Bon appétit!

Travel at non-peak times: You’ll reduce the number of visitors you’ll come in contact with and avoid wait times—and who doesn’t like that?

Consider new discoveries:  Try takeout with a view. Take a hike that’s off the beaten path. New memories are yours for the making.

Travel in smaller groups:  Social distancing is easier to plan for when you keep your group small. Maintain six feet social distance from other travel groups.

Packing smart: In addition to sunscreen, bug repellent, and sunglasses, make some room in your bag for these new necessities, including: Face coverings, Disinfectant wipes, Hand sanitizer, Reusable water bottle

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Stay Safely

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Wilmington & the Brandywine Valley hotels and motels as well as lodging facilities throughout Delaware are taking every precaution to safely service your travel needs:

New procedures and training: In addition to our already strict health and safety guidelines, specialty EPA-approved disinfectants should be used in rooms between guests and in common areas at least every two hours, and at most locations all employees will be screened for any symptoms before the start of their shift.

New food service protocols: All properties have been encouraged to take extra precautions for dining and disinfecting.

We’re ready: Most Delaware hotels and motels are open for business. Please call for reservations.

What can you do? There are some ways that you can help create a safer stay:

Reach out: Some locations may have changed their check-in procedures to allow for social distancing, and some amenities like pools, spas and fitness centers may be operating at different capacities, so call ahead to be in the know.

Wear a face covering: Face coverings are required in all public places, but not in your guest room or while dining at your table.

Maintain social distance: Socially distance yourself from others. We’ll make it as easy for you as possible.

Wash your hands: Wash often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer.

Check in at non-peak times: Aim to check in at non-peak times, like weekdays, to allow for easier social distancing.

Be patient: Please be kind to staff and other guests as we all try to adjust to a new normal—and have a great stay!

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Dine Safely

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Wilmington & the Brandywine Valley is just as delicious as ever. But as with any good meal, the better prepared you are, the more enjoyable it will be.

Where can you eat? Good news—you’ve got options:

Dine in: Restaurants may be operating under new requirements, so it’s recommended to make a reservation.

Takeout: Many restaurants are offering takeout. Try enjoying a meal with one of Delaware’s amazing views. Table stakes.

Whether you’re dining in or taking out, there are some things to remember:

Face coverings are a must: If you’re eating in, you can take your face covering off while you’re at your table to eat and drink. You must wear it throughout the rest of your dining experience.

Stay six feet apart: Make sure to keep at least six feet away from anyone not at your table.

For more information on what to expect when dining in Wilmington & the Brandywine Valley read "Greater Wilmington’s Restaurants Are Open for Indoor Dining Again! Here’s What to Expect . . ." on our blog.

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Explore Safely

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While there’s no limit to the discoveries, there are some things to be aware of.

Make a plan: While reservations may not always be required, they are the best way to make sure your itinerary is set. And make sure you’re ready for contactless payments when you get there.

Visit during non-peak times: This makes for maximum enjoyment and easy social distancing.

Find new places to explore: Wilmington & the Brandywine Valley is full of hidden gems. This is the perfect time to discover some new treasures of your own.

Pack a lunch: Make the most out of your day with a nice picnic, either bring lunch from home or enjoy takeout.

Be patient: This is new for all of us, so a little extra patience and kindness with staff and other guests will go a long way toward ensuring a more pleasant getaway.

Consider a membership: This time hasn’t been easy for non-profits either, so memberships can go a long way to help lift these special organizations up, and keep them going strong.

Social distancing and face covering: We want you to get the most out of your visit, and that includes peace of mind—so both distancing and face coverings are required while exploring.

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Play Safely

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If you’re to attend a game, you’re going to want to keep these things in mind.

Bring your own water bottle: It’s the easier way to stay hydrated and limit high-touch surfaces like water fountains.

Celebrations should be a wave or a thumbs up: Save the high-fives and handshakes for only those your family, or close circle.

Wash your hands: When you’re in a public setting, it’s best to wash often. Before and after games is a good rule of thumb—and bring sanitizer for in-between.

Livestream it: Can’t catch it in person? With livestreaming everyone is able to catch every hit, goal and unbelievable moment.

If you are visiting for competitive sports, you will need to follow Delaware’s general health guidance including face covering requirements and social distancing at all times. Visit de.gov/youthsports for more information.

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