Last Updated April 9, 2020, at 10:42 a.m.
COVID-19 in Georgia
- The health and safety of Georgians and our visitors is the highest priority for Georgia’s tourism industry.
- On Feb. 28, 2020 Governor Brian P. Kemp announced a coronavirus task force to address Georgia’s preparation and response to cases of COVID-19.
- Governor Kemp and the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) announced a daily status report page for confirmed COVID-19 cases in Georgia. This page will replace nightly press releases from the Governor’s Office and DPH and will be updated every evening at midnight to ensure accurate and regular information is provided to the public. You can view the new tool on the DPH website.
- Explore Georgia is actively monitoring developments and information surrounding the virus’ potential impact on travel to and within the state.
- With the situation evolving rapidly, we encourage our visitors traveling to and within the state to follow the most up-to-date information and guidance offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Georgia Department of Health, and local authorities.
Guidance for Travelers
- Governor Brian Kemp has extended the statewide shelter in place order through April 30. Gov. Kemp also ordered the closing of Georgia Public Schools through the end of the 2019-2020 school year. Both orders can be seen here.
- Georgia’s beaches are open, but visitors should follow CDC social distancing guidelines. Additionally, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources issued an order prohibiting the use of chairs, tents and umbrellas seaward of the ordinary high-water mark, through April 13. Full details on the order can be seen here. Ferry service to Cumberland Island has been suspended until further notice.
- On April 8, Gov. Kemp signed an order to suspend short-term vacation rentals in Georgia through April 30. The term “vacation rental” means any transaction to lease or license residential property for residential or vacation purposes, facilitated by a third party or broker for 30 days or less between a corporation, partnership, person, or other entity and a private person. This order does not include hotels/motels, extended stay lodging, or campgrounds. This order does not include any vacation rental which has been fully paid and executed or agreed to before 12:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 9. Full details of the order can be seen here.
- Restrictions on travel from Europe to the United States have been put in place by the federal government for the next 30 days. The official statement and details can be found on The White House website.
- Travelers are encouraged to follow guidance issued by the CDC, Georgia Department of Health, and local authorities.
- Travelers using the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport can find updates and a FAQ on the airport website.
- The CDC is operating public health entry screening/quarantines at U.S. airports and border crossings, including the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport (ATL).
- Due to the rapidly changing international response to COVID-19, Delta Airlines and other carriers are adjusting daily flights. For details, please refer to airline web sites.
- Due to COVID-19, many of Georgia’s attractions and museums have closed or reduced hours of operations, and some events have been canceled or postponed. To ensure you have the most up-to-date information, check social media, the organization’s website or call to confirm.
COVID-19 Information and Resources
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: COVID-19 Information for Travel
- Georgia Department of Health: COVID-19
- Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport: COVID-19 Update
State Visitor Information Centers Closed
All state Visitor Information Centers (VIC) will close until further notice, effective March 13. Restroom facilities at nine of the 11 VICs will remain open daily:
- Augusta – I-20 West, GA-SC Line, Augusta, GA 30917. (706) 737-1446
- Columbus – 1751 Williams Road, Columbus, GA 31904. (706) 649-7455
- Lavonia – I-85 South, GA-SC Line, Lavonia, GA 30553. (706) 356-4019
- Port Wentworth (Savannah) – I-95 South, Mile Marker 111, Port Wentworth, GA 31407. (912) 963-2546
- Ringgold – 2726 I-75 South, Ringgold, GA 30736. (706) 937-4211
- St. Marys 11 St. Marys Road, St. Marys, GA 31558. (912) 729-3253
- Tallapoosa – I-20 East, GA-AL Line, Tallapoosa, GA 30176. (770) 574-2621
- Valdosta – 5584 Mill Store Road, Lake Park, GA 31636. (229) 559-5828
- West Point – 1-85 North, GA-AL Line
The Georgia Department of Transportation has performed a deep clean of all VIC restroom facilities and will continue with scheduled cleanings, maintaining all health and hygiene standards.
Georgia State Parks
Georgia State Parks are now enforcing that no large crowds are allowed in the parks, and visitors must stay at least 6 feet away from others in all areas. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is currently using a small, remote portion of Hard Labor State Park as a COVID-19 patient quarantine site. For details, visit the Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites alerts page.