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DNREC state parks, wildlife area visitors must bring masks starting FridayDate Posted: April 30, 2020
Public Health Announces 80 More Positive Cases of COVID-19, 7 Additional DeathsDate Posted: April 29, 2020
Sussex County: Coronavirus testing sites announced April 29-May 4, 2020Date Posted: April 29, 2020
El gobernador Carney declara foco infeccioso de COVID-19 en el condado de SussexDate Posted: April 29, 2020
Reduced Driving Leads to Rebates, Reimbursements, Reduced Insurance RatesDate Posted: April 29, 2020
Recovery Town Hall – April 29, 6:00pm – Kent County FocusDate Posted: April 29, 2020
Public Health Announces 413 Additional Positive Cases of COVID-19, 12 More DeathsDate Posted: April 28, 2020
April 28, 3:00pm COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: April 28, 2020
Governor Carney Declares COVID-19 Hot Spot in Sussex County, Announces Expansion of Community Testing SitesDate Posted: April 28, 2020
DNREC appeals Public Service Commission’s Earth Day action to halt key environmental policyDate Posted: April 27, 2020
Public Health Announces 128 Additional Positive Cases of COVID-19, 5 New Deaths of DelawareansDate Posted: April 27, 2020
Delawareans yo ap oblije kouvri figi yo nan plas piblikDate Posted: April 26, 2020
Los residentes de Delaware deberán usar mascarillaDate Posted: April 26, 2020
Delaware Division of Public Health Announces 458 Additional Positive Cases of COVID-19Date Posted: April 26, 2020
Governor Carney Requires Delawareans to Wear Face Coverings in Public SettingsDate Posted: April 25, 2020
Delaware’s Division of Public Health Announces 12 More Deaths Due to Complications from COVID-19Date Posted: April 25, 2020
Delaware Schools Closed through Academic YearDate Posted: April 24, 2020
Public Health Announces 134 More Positive Cases of COVID-19 in Delaware, 8 New DeathsDate Posted: April 24, 2020
DSHA Pauses Delaware Housing Assistance Program to Manage Volume, Assess Available ResourcesDate Posted: April 24, 2020
Top federal and state prosecutors form Delaware COVID-19 anti-fraud coalitionDate Posted: April 24, 2020
April 24, 1:45 pm COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: April 24, 2020
Governor Carney Removes Restrictions on Out-of-State Health Care Workers to Assist in COVID-19 ResponseDate Posted: April 23, 2020
St. Jones Reserve trail reopenedDate Posted: April 23, 2020
Governor Carney Announces Public Engagement Around Economic Reopening, RecoveryDate Posted: April 23, 2020
Public Health Announces 108 More Positive Cases, 3 New Deaths Related to COVID-19Date Posted: April 23, 2020
Report highlights Delawareans’ desire for climate change actionDate Posted: April 23, 2020
Public Health Announces 7 More Deaths Related to COVID-19, 269 New Positive Cases in DelawareDate Posted: April 22, 2020
Governor Carney Partners with Health Providers and Sussex Employers on Community Testing Sites, Outreach, EducationDate Posted: April 22, 2020
Public Health Announces 10 New Deaths, 186 Additional Positive Cases of COVID-19Date Posted: April 21, 2020
Preventing Child Abuse, Raising Awareness During COVID-19Date Posted: April 21, 2020
DNREC Mirror Lake clean-up earns more national acclaim; innovative approach reduces pollutants in the Christina RiverDate Posted: April 21, 2020
April 21, 1:45pm COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: April 20, 2020
Public Health Announces 207 Additional Positive Cases, 5 News DeathsDate Posted: April 20, 2020
Polly Drummond yard waste site closed for the day Sunday for capacity and trafficDate Posted: April 19, 2020
DHSS Announces Three More Deaths Involving Residents or Patients at Its 24/7 FacilitiesDate Posted: April 19, 2020
MEDIA ADVISORY: Public Health Makes Changes to Daily COVID-19 Reporting FormatDate Posted: April 19, 2020
COVID-19 Update April 18, 2020: Public Health Announces 215 Additional Positive Cases; 6 New DeathsDate Posted: April 18, 2020
COVID-19 Update April 17, 2020: Public Health Announces 9 More Deaths, 248 New Positive CasesDate Posted: April 17, 2020
Delaware extends 2020 produce grower registration due to COVID-19Date Posted: April 17, 2020
Delaware Department of Labor Releases Guidelines on 13 Week Extension of Unemployment BenefitsDate Posted: April 17, 2020
DHSS Seeks Comment on State Plan on Aging at Two Public Hearings This MonthDate Posted: April 17, 2020
DHSS Announces First Coronavirus-Related Death of Resident from 24/7 FacilitiesDate Posted: April 16, 2020
COVID-19 Update for April 16, 2020: DPH Announces 61 Additional Positive Cases; 6 New Deaths; 24 Additional RecoveredDate Posted: April 16, 2020
COVID-19 and the Black Community in DelawareDate Posted: April 16, 2020
April 17, 1:45pm Live COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: April 16, 2020
St. Jones Reserve trail in Dover temporarily closed due to storm damageDate Posted: April 16, 2020
DOL Releases Guidance for Independent Contractors and Self-employed Seeking Unemployment Through the CARES ActDate Posted: April 16, 2020
Delaware celebrates 50th anniversary of Earth DayDate Posted: April 16, 2020
CORRECTED: COVID-19 Update April 15, 2020: Public Health Announces 88 New Positive Cases, 3 More DeathsDate Posted: April 15, 2020
DHSS Livestream – Message to the Hispanic CommunityDate Posted: April 15, 2020
Governor Carney Requires Stricter Measures in Long-Term Care Facilities to Fight COVID-19Date Posted: April 15, 2020
COVID-19 Update April 14, 2020: Public Health Announces 165 Additional Positive Cases, 2 New DeathsDate Posted: April 14, 2020
DSHA Announces $9 Million in Funding Available for Downtown Development District Project RebatesDate Posted: April 14, 2020
COVID-19 and Global Markets: Free Webinars from Export DelawareDate Posted: April 14, 2020
Delaware Libraries Shared Virtual Library Event CalendarDate Posted: April 14, 2020
April 14, 1:45pm Live COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: April 14, 2020
Public Health Announces 136 Additional Positive Cases; 6 New DeathsDate Posted: April 13, 2020
Attorney General Jennings Announces New Director of Division of Civil Rights & Public TrustDate Posted: April 13, 2020
Governor Carney and Five Governors Announce Multi-State Council to Get People Back to Work and Restore the EconomyDate Posted: April 13, 2020
COVID-19 Update April 12, 2020: Public Health Announces 146 More Positive Cases; 2 New DeathsDate Posted: April 12, 2020
COVID-19 Update April 11, 2020: DPH Announces 153 Additional Positive Cases, 1 New DeathDate Posted: April 11, 2020
Governor Carney Urges Delawareans with Health Care, Child Care Experience to Assist in COVID-19 ResponseDate Posted: April 11, 2020
CORRECTED: Public Health Announces 117 Additional Positive Cases; 9 New DeathsDate Posted: April 10, 2020
Governor Carney Formally Extends State of Emergency; Partners with Nextdoor on Neighborhood OutreachDate Posted: April 10, 2020
COVID-19 Update April 9, 2020: Public Health Announces 93 New Positive Cases, 4 More DeathsDate Posted: April 9, 2020
State Continues to Process Taxes And FeesDate Posted: April 9, 2020
DNREC to limit number of people allowed in state parks and wildlife areas, which may close for periodsDate Posted: April 9, 2020
COVID-19 Update April 8, 2020: Public Health Announces 188 Additional Positive Cases; 3 New Deaths Date Posted: April 8, 2020
DHSS Announces Positive Cases Involving Patients and Staff at Delaware Psychiatric CenterDPCDate Posted: April 8, 2020
Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) Issues Guidance Around MasksDate Posted: April 8, 2020
Attorney General Jennings Warns of Scams Related to Stimulus ChecksDate Posted: April 8, 2020
The National Endowment for the Arts Announces CARES Act Funding GuidelinesDate Posted: April 8, 2020
April 9, 1:45pm Live COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: April 8, 2020
COVID-19 Update April 7, 2020: Public Health Updates Positive Cases, Recoveries; Announces Additional DeathDate Posted: April 7, 2020
Additional Alternate Care Site AnnouncedDate Posted: April 7, 2020
Consumer-Friendly Auto Insurer Actions Will Give Residents More Than $1.5 MillionDate Posted: April 7, 2020
COVID-19 Update April 6, 2020: Public Health Announces 110 New Positive Cases; 1 Additional DeathDate Posted: April 6, 2020
Governor Carney Issues Updated State of Emergency; Bans Short-Term RentalsDate Posted: April 6, 2020
Alternate Care Sites AnnouncedDate Posted: April 6, 2020
April 7, 1:00pm Live COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: April 6, 2020
AG Jennings Urges Delawareans to Follow Governor’s Emergency Orders, Keep Themselves and Law Enforcement SafeDate Posted: April 6, 2020
Due to Widespread Community Transmission of COVID-19, DHSS Ending All Walk-in Access to Public OfficesDate Posted: April 5, 2020
COVID-19 Update April 5, 2020: Public Health Announces 80 Additional Positive Cases; 6 New HospitalizationsDate Posted: April 5, 2020
April 4, 2020, COVID-19 UPDATE: 143 More Positive Cases, No New DeathsDate Posted: April 4, 2020
April 3, 2020: Public Health Updates Deaths, Positive Cases and Recoveries from COVID-19 in DelawareDate Posted: April 3, 2020
DNREC provides virtual environmental and educational contentDate Posted: April 3, 2020
April 3, 1:00pm Live COVID-19 updateDate Posted: April 3, 2020
Delaware Public Health Announces 1 Additional Death, 25 Additional Positive CasesDate Posted: April 2, 2020
Delaware Correctional Officers and Inmates Contribute to Delaware’s COVID-19 ResponseDate Posted: April 2, 2020
DNREC Closes Park and Wildlife Area Amenities; Limits Outdoor Recreation Activities at BeachesDate Posted: April 2, 2020
Governor Carney Urges Delawareans, Businesses, Nonprofits to Support COVID-19 ResponseDate Posted: April 2, 2020
SNAP de Delaware va a emitir beneficios de emergencia que estarán disponible empezando el 1 de abrilDate Posted: April 1, 2020
Governor Carney Restricts Gatherings, Requires Businesses to Strictly Comply with Social DistancingDate Posted: April 1, 2020
COVID-19 Update April 1, 2020: Public Health Announces 1 Additional Death, 49 Additional Positive CasesDate Posted: April 1, 2020
Delaware turkey hunting season will open this month with self-serve turkey harvest registration at check stationsDate Posted: April 1, 2020
DART Institutes Additional Safety MeasuresDate Posted: April 1, 2020
April 1, 9:30 a.m. Live Event: Focusing on Issues Affecting SeniorsDate Posted: April 1, 2020
COVID-19 in Delaware: Public Health announces 3 Additional Deaths, 55 More Positive Cases in DelawareDate Posted: March 31, 2020
Latest emergency order limits recreation options for out-of-state visitors; allows restricted surf fishingDate Posted: March 31, 2020
State Treasurer Colleen Davis Named to Market Transparency Advisory GroupDate Posted: March 31, 2020

DOVER, Del. – The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control announced that starting Friday those aged 13 or older are now required to bring a face mask with them to enter state parks, wildlife areas and reserves, and should wear them when they cannot maintain social distancing from other visitors. Those who do not bring face masks when visiting these areas may be required to leave by officers or staff.
This decision is in accordance with Governor John Carney’s thirteenth modification to his State of Emergency declaration, which requires Delawareans to wear face coverings in public settings. Visitors to DNREC parks and areas must wear a face covering where social distancing is difficult, such as on boat ramps, narrow trails, and when they encounter anyone not in their household including other visitors and staff. Masks are required at all times at the Ommelanden shooting range.
“In order to keep our outdoor public spaces for all members of the public to enjoy, visitors to state parks, wildlife areas and reserves must heed social distancing and mask requirements,” said DNREC Secretary Shawn Garvin. “We need our visitors to do their part to help keep these areas safe for everyone during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Visitors are also asked to be mindful of the length and frequency of their visits, and to avoid peak times. The safest way to enjoy state parks is sparingly, as needed, and during off-peak times: before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m. daily.
While most state parks, wildlife areas and reserves continue to stay open for Delawareans during the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” emergency order from Governor John Carney, DNREC has a few guidelines for visitors to stay safe:
Bring a mask and wear it when needed. Parks and wildlife areas are becoming increasingly crowded as the weather warms so it is now required to have a mask to put on when you are near others not from your home.
Plan ahead. Many amenities are closed, including all public restrooms.
Be prepared. Bring your own soap, water and hand sanitizer with you.
Stay close to home. This period is not the time to travel for outdoor adventure. Out-of-state visitors must observe a 14-day quarantine before entering a park, wildlife area or reserve.
Keep your group small. Make sure to enjoy the outdoors with your immediate household members only. You should not attend or host any gatherings like barbeques or birthday parties.
Avoid close contact activities. Instead, choose outdoor recreation like fishing, hiking or bike riding.
Practice social distancing. Keep six feet between you and others. Warn others of your presence and give them enough space to pass on boat ramps, paths and trails. Leave at least one parking space between your vehicle and the vehicle next to you. Areas may be closed if it is determined based on observation of parking lots or groupings of people that lack of responsible social distancing has become an issue.
Leave no trace. Even during normal operations, parks are carry-in/carry-out with regards to trash. Trash you take into the park or area, including disposable gloves and masks, you must take with you. Our staff resources are limited, and we need your help collecting trash.
If you’re sick, stay home. Don’t visit our parks, wildlife areas or reserves if you or any member of your household is not feeling well.
Any failure to comply with the provisions contained in a Declaration of a State of Emergency or any modification to a Declaration of the State of Emergency can constitute a criminal offense.
Anyone concerned about an individual or group in any state park or wildlife area may contact DNREC’s Natural Resources Police via Tip411, DNREC’s smartphone app, or by calling the 24-hour DNREC Dispatch Center at 302-739-4580. Tip411 allows the public to easily report concerns. The app is available for free download by searching DENRP via the Google Play Store or the iTunes App Store.
For the latest information on COVID-19 in Delaware, visit de.gov/coronavirus.
About DNREC
The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control protects and manages the state’s natural resources, protects public health, provides outdoor recreational opportunities and educates Delawareans about the environment. For more information, visit the website and connect with DNREC on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.
Media Contact: Nikki Lavoie, nikki.lavoie@delaware.gov
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DOVER, Del. – The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control announced that starting Friday those aged 13 or older are now required to bring a face mask with them to enter state parks, wildlife areas and reserves, and should wear them when they cannot maintain social distancing from other visitors. Those who do not bring face masks when visiting these areas may be required to leave by officers or staff.
This decision is in accordance with Governor John Carney’s thirteenth modification to his State of Emergency declaration, which requires Delawareans to wear face coverings in public settings. Visitors to DNREC parks and areas must wear a face covering where social distancing is difficult, such as on boat ramps, narrow trails, and when they encounter anyone not in their household including other visitors and staff. Masks are required at all times at the Ommelanden shooting range.
“In order to keep our outdoor public spaces for all members of the public to enjoy, visitors to state parks, wildlife areas and reserves must heed social distancing and mask requirements,” said DNREC Secretary Shawn Garvin. “We need our visitors to do their part to help keep these areas safe for everyone during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Visitors are also asked to be mindful of the length and frequency of their visits, and to avoid peak times. The safest way to enjoy state parks is sparingly, as needed, and during off-peak times: before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m. daily.
While most state parks, wildlife areas and reserves continue to stay open for Delawareans during the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” emergency order from Governor John Carney, DNREC has a few guidelines for visitors to stay safe:
Bring a mask and wear it when needed. Parks and wildlife areas are becoming increasingly crowded as the weather warms so it is now required to have a mask to put on when you are near others not from your home.
Plan ahead. Many amenities are closed, including all public restrooms.
Be prepared. Bring your own soap, water and hand sanitizer with you.
Stay close to home. This period is not the time to travel for outdoor adventure. Out-of-state visitors must observe a 14-day quarantine before entering a park, wildlife area or reserve.
Keep your group small. Make sure to enjoy the outdoors with your immediate household members only. You should not attend or host any gatherings like barbeques or birthday parties.
Avoid close contact activities. Instead, choose outdoor recreation like fishing, hiking or bike riding.
Practice social distancing. Keep six feet between you and others. Warn others of your presence and give them enough space to pass on boat ramps, paths and trails. Leave at least one parking space between your vehicle and the vehicle next to you. Areas may be closed if it is determined based on observation of parking lots or groupings of people that lack of responsible social distancing has become an issue.
Leave no trace. Even during normal operations, parks are carry-in/carry-out with regards to trash. Trash you take into the park or area, including disposable gloves and masks, you must take with you. Our staff resources are limited, and we need your help collecting trash.
If you’re sick, stay home. Don’t visit our parks, wildlife areas or reserves if you or any member of your household is not feeling well.
Any failure to comply with the provisions contained in a Declaration of a State of Emergency or any modification to a Declaration of the State of Emergency can constitute a criminal offense.
Anyone concerned about an individual or group in any state park or wildlife area may contact DNREC’s Natural Resources Police via Tip411, DNREC’s smartphone app, or by calling the 24-hour DNREC Dispatch Center at 302-739-4580. Tip411 allows the public to easily report concerns. The app is available for free download by searching DENRP via the Google Play Store or the iTunes App Store.
For the latest information on COVID-19 in Delaware, visit de.gov/coronavirus.
About DNREC
The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control protects and manages the state’s natural resources, protects public health, provides outdoor recreational opportunities and educates Delawareans about the environment. For more information, visit the website and connect with DNREC on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.
Media Contact: Nikki Lavoie, nikki.lavoie@delaware.gov
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Related Topics:  COVID, health and saftey, masks, permitting and regulation, social distancing, wildlife

Keep up to date by receiving a daily digest email, around noon, of current news release posts from state agencies on news.delaware.gov.
Here you can subscribe to future news updates.

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