A message from the Delaware Tourism Office

Greetings-

  • At 8 a.m. Monday, March 30, 2020, Governor John Carney’s seventh modification to the Delaware State of Emergency went into effect. This modification requires all out-of-state travelers to immediately self-quarantine for 14 days to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Delaware. The travel restrictions that went into effect at 8 a.m. Monday, March 30 apply to those entering Delaware for a longer term visit.

    The restrictions do not apply to the following:
    – Out-of-state workers who commute into Delaware to work at a business deemed essential, although those workers are to work from home when possible and permitted by an employer.
    – Delawareans commuting to an out-of-state employer.
    – People who come into Delaware to shop, subject to other restrictions on essential and non-essential activities.
    – Travelers who are passing through Delaware on their way elsewhere.
    – Delawareans returning from out-of-state after being out-of-state to care for members of their family.
    Read more here.
  • As the situation continues to evolve, please keep the Delaware Tourism Office informed of any changes or cancellations using this online form so we can monitor the situation and its impact on our industry.
  • If you have ideas for deals or partnerships, we can assist in connecting you with fellow business owners! Please email Visit.Delaware@delaware.gov so we may help!

Thank you for your continued partnership,

The Delaware Tourism Office team

Governor Carney Signs Order to Designate Emergency Child Care Sites for Essential Personnel

Governor John Carney on Monday signed the eighth modification to his State of Emergency declaration, which allows child care programs in Delaware to be designated as emergency child care sites in an effort to assist essential personnel during the coronavirus crisis.
 
Read the full text of Monday’s order.


What does it do?

-Allows child care programs in Delaware to be designated as emergency child care sites in an effort to assist essential personnel during the coronavirus crisis, and allows DSCYF to create processes surrounding this.

-Mandates that state buildings and essential businesses that Delaware’s Public Health Authority deems high-risk shall screen every employee, visitor and member of the public upon entering. Delaware’s Public Health Authority shall develop and publicly post the screening tool to be used by high-risk essential businesses.

-Orders all hospitals, nursing and residential facilities, and ambulatory health care services in Delaware, as categorized by the Division of Small Business, shall comply with the Public Health Authority’s guidance for the use of Personal Protective Equipment.

-Opens Delaware surf fishing beaches to limited surf fishing activities.

-Extends renters’ protections to those who live in manufactured homes on leased land.

 
Starting April 6 and continuing until the State of Emergency is lifted, child care may only be provided by child care centers and child care homes that have been designated as “Emergency Child Care Sites” by the Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families (DSCYF). In order to be an emergency child care site, child care centers and homes must certify that they are only providing child care to children of personnel working for essential businesses, as defined by Governor Carney’s State of Emergency, and cannot work from home.
 
The order also allows DSCYF to create a process by which families can enroll their children in designated emergency child care if their current child care facility temporarily closes. DSCYF worked with the Delaware Division of Public Health to create strict health and safety guidelines to help child care providers prepare their facilities. Before being designated as an emergency child care site by DSCYF, a provider must demonstrate that they are able to and will adhere to the following requirements developed by the Office of Child Care Licensing and the Division of Public Health.
 
Interested providers must submit an emergency child care site application online by April 3. As of April 6, all other child care facilities must close until the end of the Governor’s State of Emergency.
 
Child care providers and caregivers should check coronavirus.delaware.gov/child-care/ in the coming days for information on how to apply to be an emergency child care site, what the requirements are in order to comply with the designation and how to certify essential personnel status and temporarily enroll children.
 
Also under Monday’s order, state buildings and essential businesses that Delaware’s Public Health Authority deems high-risk shall screen every employee, visitor and member of the public upon entering. Delaware’s Public Health Authority shall develop and publicly post the screening tool to be used by high-risk essential businesses. All state buildings and essential businesses shall display signage that cautions individuals experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 not to enter the premises.
 
Also, all hospitals, nursing and residential facilities, and ambulatory health care services in Delaware, as categorized by the Division of Small Business, shall comply with the Public Health Authority’s guidance for the use of Personal Protective Equipment.
 
Delawareans with questions about COVID-19 or their exposure risk can call the Division of Public Health’s Coronavirus Call Center at 1-866-408-1899, or 711 for people who are hearing impaired, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Delawareans can also email DPHCall@delaware.gov.

Follow the “We Are Georgetown” page on Facebook!

In an attempt to continue supporting our local businesses however we can, the Town of Georgetown and Georgetown Chamber of Commerce (with inspiration from “We are Milford”) have created the “We are Georgetown” Facebook page. 

We are Georgetown is a place for Georgetown, DE & surrounding communities to support each other during the COVID-19 health crisis by highlighting businesses & services operating for our local citizens.

We are promoting businesses that are applying good practices to keep safe social distances and that are committed to following all CDC and State guidelines for best practices while remaining open.

Message us with the details of your Georgetown, Delaware area business or service that is active during this crisis and we will highlight it on our page. Share this page with Georgetown, DE area neighbors to connect all of us while we navigate this together.

Our goal is to provide up to date resources for our community during this critical time to support as many of our neighbors as we can.

Together, We are Georgetown.

Southern Delaware Tourism Partner Resource Page

Southern Delaware Tourism has updated their Partner Resource Page. Among other updates, they’ve included Small Business Guidance and Loan Resources from the Small Business Administration, information on Hotels for Hope, the National Restaurant Association’s COVID-19 Impact Survey, and the CARES Act Executive Summary for Restaurants. 
 
You will find SDT’s Partner Resource Page at this link

Town of Georgetown lifts sign requirements and restrictions

The Town of Georgetown has relaxed sign requirements and restrictions for businesses offering takeout or delivery.

For the duration of the State of Emergency, they are allowed to add additional signage indicating they are open for business. This includes, but is not limited to, sandwich boards, banners, feather flags, etc.

Once the State of Emergency is lifted, the additional signage will need to be removed.

Anyone with questions should contact the Town Offices at (302) 856-7391.

Updated State of Emergency

Governor John Carney on Sunday signed the seventh modification to his State of Emergency declaration, ordering all out-of-state travelers into Delaware to immediately self-quarantine for 14 days to fight the spread of COVID-19.

Under Sunday’s order, anyone who enters Delaware from another state must immediately self-quarantine for 14 days. The 14-day period is measured from the time of entry into Delaware or for the duration of the individual’s presence in Delaware, whichever is shorter.
Governor Carney’s order also applies to anyone who has entered Delaware in the last 14 days.

The order does not apply to travelers who are merely passing through Delaware. Anyone who lives out-of-state and commutes to Delaware for essential work is strongly encouraged to work from home. Sunday’s order does not apply to those traveling to care for members of their family. Individuals under self-quarantine can leave their homes to seek medical care.
Read the full text of Sunday’s order.

*The Governor’s orders went into effect at 8:00 a.m., Monday, March 30, 2020.

A message from the Delaware Tourism Office

Greetings – 

  • Gov. John Carney has approved an expansion of the Hospitality Emergency Loan Program (HELP) to reach a wider range of small businesses throughout Delaware. The cap on the size of eligible businesses, which had been $1.5 million in annual revenue, has been raised to $2.5 million.

    The program has been expanded primarily to include personal care services. This includes many Delaware small businesses such as barber shops, hair salons, nail salons, and beauty shops.

    Please remember to submit complete applications to business_finance@delaware.gov to receive assistance through HELP. Here are some helpful FAQs, or you can email covid19faq@delaware.gov.
     
  • Can you help? The state of Delaware is asking any vendors able to assist with COVID-19 response efforts contact contracting@delaware.gov. The items in highest demand are hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes, protective gloves and gowns and N95 masks. Learn more about becoming a vendor here.
  • As the situation continues to evolve, please keep the Delaware Tourism Office informed of any changes or cancellations using this online form so we can monitor the situation and its impact on our industry.
  • Please share any deals, specials  or unique offerings via email to Visit.Delaware@delaware.gov so we may keep consumers informed of opportunities to support local businesses. Now is also a great time to get creative in developing mutually beneficial partnerships with other local businesses, especially outside your industry like the recent partnership between Crooked Hammock Brewery and The Great STEMporium.

Thank you for your continued partnership,

The Delaware Tourism Office Team 

2019 Georgetown Christmas Parade Results!

Thank you to everyone that participated in the annual Georgetown Christmas Parade! We had a great turnout from spectators and participants! See all of our winners below:

Vehicle – Truck:
1st: Iron Source
2nd: Waste Industries
3rd: Sussex Tech FFA

Vehicle – Cars or Car Club:
1st: County Seat Cruisers
2nd: JD Shuckers
3rd: Lowered Habits Car & Truck Club

Band:
1st: Sussex Central Golden Knights Marching Band
2nd: Sussex Tech “Raven Nation” Marching Band

Commercial Float:
1st: Straight Line Striping
2nd: A&A Air Services
3rd: J&T Logging

Non-commercial/misc. Float:
1st: Delaware National Guard
2nd: Georgetown Elementary
3rd: Town of Georgetown

Religious Float:
1st: Long Neck United Methodist Church
2nd: Crossroad Community Church
3rd: Jusst Sooup Ministry

Marching Group:
1st: Stars on 9 Dance Center
2nd: Sussex Tech Army JROTC
3rd: First State Community Action Agency

BEST THEME:
AMP Electric

OVERALL BEST IN PARADE:
A&A Air Services

Wings & Wheels 2019 takes flight!

With Wings & Wheels 2019 set to take place the weekend of October 4th and 5th, planning is nearly complete. Things will kick off Friday with Pathways to Aviation Day where 125 high school students will spend the day at the Delaware Coastal Airport learning from aviation experts. Students will meet with representatives from local colleges, employers, and more as they delve into what it means to begin a career in the aviation field.

Friday evening, we celebrate all things peace, love, and happiness at our annual fundraising dinner with Kathie Martin’s Tribute to the Woodstock Generation. Benefitting the Delaware Aviation Museum Foundation and the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce, this year’s event will be held on the grounds of the Delaware Coastal Airport. Ticket price is $50 per person and includes dinner from Lighthouse Catering.

We are also excited to welcome Brigadier General Charles McGee, (USAF/Ret) to Wings & Wheels weekend as our honored guest. Brig. Gen. McGee is a member of the famed Tuskegee Airmen (332nd Fighter Group), was a fighter pilot during WWII, Korea and Vietnam, and flew more combat missions than any Air Force Fighter Pilot at 409. He is a recipient of the Bronze Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, and Legion of Merit, flew a P51 Mustang escorting bombers over Germany, Austria, and the Balkans and later became an instructor for the B25 Mitchell Bomber (with more than 6300 flying hours). Being at Wings & Wheels will put him back with the two aircraft he is most familiar with – the B-25 Mitchell Bomber, Panchito (owner Larry Kelley & The Delaware Aviation Museum), and the P-51 Mustang, Rosalie (owner, Ezra Rickards). Brig. Gen. McGee will be the keynote speaker at the Pathways to Aviation Program on Friday Morning (HS Students), a featured guest at the Friday night dinner show, and available for photos and questions at the Panchito booth during Saturday’s car show and fly-in.

Saturday’s free event runs from 10 am – 4 pm beginning with an Opening Ceremony including the National Anthem and Presentation of Colors by the Sussex Central ROTC Color Guard. Events at the airport throughout the day include a vintage aircraft fly-in, classic car show, featured speakers, live entertainment, and craft & food vendors. 2019 will also see the return of the fan-favorite Flour Bombing Competition at 2:00 pm as well as the Official Naval Academy Parachute Team.

We are also proud to welcome the Historical Vintage Car Club of Delaware as our partners on the 2019 car show. With awards in numerous categories, goodie bags for all pre-registered vehicles, and dash plaques for the first 200 registrants, this year’s show is looking to be our biggest and best yet. It WILL sell out, so register your vehicles soon!
For vendor or car show registration information, or to purchase tickets for our Friday night event, visit the Wings & Wheels website at http://www.wings-wheels.com/ or call the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce (302) 856-1544.

Sponsors of the Festival include Mid-Atlantic Ford Dealers, Perdue Farms, The Voice Radio Network, Splash DesignWorks, CHEER, Fulton Bank, Lighthouse Catering, Sussex Eye Center, Wilmington University, County Bank, the Meoli Companies, Chardon Jewelers, Sussex County Delaware, and Southern Delaware Tourism. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce at (302) 856-1544 for information.
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Georgetown has a long history spanning back to 1791 when the county seat moved there from Lewes, which was criticized for being too far from western Delaware. Originally, Georgetown was laid out in a large square, but that was quickly changed to the circle we all associate with Georgetown with the historic Georgetown Circle at the center.


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