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General Protocols


Promote Robust Health Policy for our Guests - Prior to visiting the Fair, all guests will be asked to review our health policy, which requires that all attendees to have been healthy for at least 14 days prior to their visit. 

Face Coverings

A face covering is required to enter on the property of the Fairgrounds as well as to ride all of our shuttles.

If at any time the Fair determines that someone on the grounds does not meet the criteria outlined in this policy, the Fair reserves the right to refuse entry or (if the person is already on the grounds) immediately remove that person from the grounds.

Face Coverings

Please note that it will be required for each fair guest to have a facial covering to enter the fairgrounds. Consistent with the Governor’s Executive Order, face coverings are required when indoors and inside exhibit areas, as well as outside when social distancing cannot be maintained.  The popularity of the fair means it will be challenging to social distance in outdoor areas, just like on our boardwalks.  Face coverings are required for all indoor areas.  Face coverings must be worn outdoors when you cannot effectively distance from others.  Face coverings can be removed when you are sitting and eating, but you must maintain social distance even while eating.  The Delaware State Fair is committed to protecting the health and safety of its visitors. 

Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings During COVID-19 Pandemic for Children

  • Guests over the age of 12 are required to wear cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain

  • Face coverings are strongly recommended for children ages 3 through 12 as long as there are no health risks based on a child’s medical condition.

  • Any child 2-years-old or younger MUST NOT wear a face covering, due to the risk of suffocation.

During Live Entertainment

While attending any of our live entertainment, face coverings are required and maintaining a social distance between your travel party and other guests is recommended.

Screening Protocols


Check the Temperature of Employees - Fair
employees will be screened for high temperatures when they arrive to check in for their scheduled daily shift.

Social Distancing Protocols


Promote 6 ft. Separation in all Queues - We’ll have clear markers for all of our Fairground’s entry, ride, restroom and dining queues to help guests keep a safe distance from one another. “Distancing Ambassadors” will monitor the fairgrounds to ensure that the social distancing is being promoted.

Separate Guests on Rides & Attractions - Minimize contact between parties and follow social distancing guidelines for each of our amusement
rides and attractions.

Promote Guest Separation in Seating Areas - Our seating areas will be reconfigured to encourage sufficient distance between seated parties. In areas where strangers are seated together, seats will be removed or blocked off to promote a clear 6-foot gap between guests.

Reduce Indoor Facility Venue Capacity - While the majority of the Delaware State Fair experience takes place outdoors, we do have indoor shopping and exhibit areas. Capacity at each of these buildings will be reduced to ensure that there is plenty of room for social distancing as previously stated.

Separate Employees and Guests with Protective Equipment - We are introducing individual protection equipment at many of our ticket vending booths to definitively separate guests from ticket sellers.

Separate Guests in Entertainment Viewing Areas - Guests viewing entertainment, in the form of live outdoor shows and street performances will be separated from the performances and each other by at least six feet.

Sanitation & Disinfection Protocols


Enhanced Cleaning Teams to Disinfect Common Areas - We are significantly increasing our efforts to sanitize and disinfect all high touch points, such as chairs, benches, tables, etc.

Provide Hand Sanitizer Stations throughout the Fair - We will have a large number of hand sanitizer stations throughout the Fairgrounds offering free hand sanitizer to guests and employees.

Provide Hand Washing Stations for Guests throughout the Fair - We will provide guests with easy access to hand washing stations in the Fair’s high traffic areas.

Monitor and Sanitize Restroom Areas - We will staff each restroom area with personnel who will disinfect all high touch point areas within the restrooms on a regular basis.

Sanitize & Disinfect Ride Units - Cleaning teams will spray or wipe down seats and restraints to give the riders a safe and sanitary experience.

More information on ride cleaning can be found here

Clean & Sanitize Employee Work Areas - Employee work areas in both the back and front of house will be sanitized multiple times each day according to CDC guidelines.

Priority Cleaning Regimen for All Dining Areas - Trained, dedicated clean team members will continuously monitor and disinfect dining areas.

Eliminate Open-Access Condiment, Topping Stations - Ketchup, mustard and other condiments will now be securely stored and served to guests upon request.

Signage, Communication & Training Protocols


Guest Communication Program - Guest emails will regularly feature information about how to best plan for a visit to the Fairgrounds. Topics will include new reservation systems, social distancing recommendations, disinfectant procedures, and more.

Display Social Distancing & Hygiene Signage - Signage reminding guests to practice social distancing and good hand hygiene will be displayed conspicuously throughout the Fairgrounds.

Mandatory COVID-19 Training for All Fair Employees - We’ll require all of our employees to attend orientation sessions instructing them how to stay safe and keep our guests safe.


The Delaware State Fair, Inc.
2020 Health & Safety Policy

The health and safety of everyone entering the fairgrounds is our top priority. We have implemented several measures that you will see throughout the fairgrounds which are designed to protect the Fair’s guests, exhibitors, concessionaires, volunteers and employees from potential exposure to the COVID-19 virus (“Coronavirus”) by minimizing contacts, promoting social distancing and enhancing sanitation throughout the property.

In addition, to further protect the health and safety of persons on the fairgrounds, you will not be admitted to the park and you should stay home if within past fourteen (14) days you have:


  1. Tested positive or have been deemed presumptively positive with the Coronavirus;

  2. Sought testing to determine whether you might have the Coronavirus, and have not yet received the results;

  3. Been informed that you may have been exposed to Coronavirus or learned that you have been in the immediate vicinity of a person now known to have been carrying the Coronavirus; or

  4. Experienced any of the following symptoms commonly associated with the Coronavirus, including cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, OR two or more of any of the following: fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell.

As required by the State of Delaware, once you enter upon the fairgrounds, there are certain buildings and areas where you must or are encouraged (depending upon the building or area) to:


  1. Wear your protective face mask or facial protective gear (other than children two and under) while inside any of the Fair’s fully enclosed buildings; and

  2. Adhere to the social distancing and personal sanitization guidelines posted throughout the grounds.

The Fair reserves the right to modify these requirements on a case-by-case basis to accommodate any circumstance that in the Fair’s sole discretion warrants a modification to this policy.

The Delaware State Fair, Inc. cannot guarantee that you will not be exposed to Coronavirus during your visit or while on any part of the fairgrounds.

The CDC advises that older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from Coronavirus.

Guests should evaluate their own risk in determining whether to attend. People who show no symptoms can potentially spread Coronavirus if they are infected and any interaction with the general public poses an elevated risk of being exposed to Coronavirus.

By coming to the fairgrounds in any capacity, you acknowledge and agree that you assume these inherent risks associated with your presence on the fairgrounds.

If at any time the Fair determines that someone on the grounds does not meet the criteria outlined in this policy, the Fair reserves the right to refuse entry or (if the person is already on the grounds) immediately remove that person from the grounds.

These actions are at the sole discretion of The Delaware State Fair, Inc.

By entering the fairgrounds, you acknowledge that you have read, understand and agree to abide by this policy.

If you have any questions, or if you do not understand the policy, please contact a Fair representative at the Fair’s main office.

Eliminate Self-Service Cutlery & Napkin Stations - Napkins, knives, and forks will now be securely stored and provided to guests with their meal, as required or upon request.

Shareholder Information

Every primary shareholder is entitled to one (1) 10-day gate pass, regardless of the number of certificates or shares he/she may hold. The pass is good for all 10 days of the Fair.

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PO Box 28
18500 S. DuPont Hwy
Harrington, DE 19952
(phone) 302.398.3269
(fax) 302.398.5030
(email) info@thestatefair.net

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