Atlanta city street. Photo by @cutlerc

Photo by @cutlerc

Ways to Travel Safely in Georgia this Winter

Follow these tips for staying safe and healthy when you're ready to venture out this season.

Georgia is filled with so much beauty and nature that comes alive during colder months, making wintertime in Georgia a magical experience. From hikes to waterfalls, road trips, cozy small towns, and scenic overlooks, it's easy to find a trip perfect to boost those seasonal blues. But, before you start planning your winter escape, there are a few guidelines we'd like you to follow to make your trip as safe as possible.

Women shopping in Thomasville, Georgia
Safe shopping in Thomasville, Georgia

3 W's for Safe Winter Travel

Wear a face covering in public.

Before you head out, grab a mask! No matter where you go in Georgia, it's important for you to wear a mask, especially in public spaces. It's always good to protect yourself, and it's kind to protect your fellow travelers. Added bonus: it also helps keep your face warm!

Watch your distance.

Georgia is known for its great outdoors so there's plenty of room to spread out, and that's a good thing! Staying six feet away from others outside of your party is a great way to safely enjoy the winter season.

Wash your hands frequently.

Run some warm water over those cold hands and give them a good wash! Remember to wash your hands as often as possible - for 20 seconds - with soap and water. If you're not near a sink, hand sanitizer will do the trick. Remember to pack a bottle with you just in case.

Hiking Providence Canyon in winter. Photo by @ludwig_lory83
Hiking Providence Canyon in winter. Photo by @ludwig_lory83

Follow the public health guidelines

Last, but certainly not least, follow the health guidelines the CDC and the Georgia Department of Public Health have created. They are designed to ensure that all residents and visitors stay healthy. Before you travel, become familiar with the guidelines so you'll have the most current information and guidance. Also, research local policies at various destinations to be sure you follow local guidelines.

As much as we'd love to have you, we don't want you traveling in the state if you're not feeling well (we love you, but mean it!). Plan to stay home and reschedule your visit for another time when you are feeling better. Winter can bring on more than just COVID-19 like the flu and colds, so it's best that you stay home so we all stay happy and healthy.

Follow these guidelines and travel safely through Georgia! As you start making plans, check out our "How to travel safely in Georgia" info to help answer any questions and address concerns you might have. You can also find up-to-date information on our COVID-19 resources page. So, grab your mask, bundle up, and head out to safely discover Georgia this winter.