Kolomoki Mounds State Park in Blakely, Georgia. Photo by @westy4xer

Kolomoki Mounds State Park in Blakely, Georgia. Photo by @westy4xer

FAQ: COVID-19 in Georgia

Where can I find information on coronavirus in Georgia?

The Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH) is the state’s leading source of information for COVID-19 in Georgia. Check the GDPH website for the latest data on confirmed cases, testing, and guidance on mitigating the spread.

Are there any Georgia travel restrictions right now?

The state’s statewide shelter in place order expired April 30, and as of June 11, the shelter in place order expired for Georgians over the age of 65, unless they are medically fragile or fall into a category as described on page 6 of Executive Order 06.29.20.02 - Empowering a Healthy Georgia. However, Georgians are urged to stay home whenever possible. This order extends Georgia's public health state of emergency through August 11, 2020, at 11:59 p.m.

If you do leave your home, you are encouraged to follow GDPH and CDC guidelines to protect yourself and others from the disease.

Should I cancel my trip to Georgia?

With the situation continuing to evolve, 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 Public Health, and local authorities.

  • Travel health advisories: Visit the CDC website.
  • Travel to or within Georgia: Please check travel alerts from your destination before your trip to ensure you have the most up-to-date information.
What is currently open in Georgia?

As of April 30, Georgia’s shelter in place orders expired for the majority of Georgia businesses. However, businesses must continue to operate with the state’s social distancing, sanitation guidelines, and operational requirements to keep customers and employees safe.

Additionally:

  • Starting July 1, live performance venues may reopen, subject to directives available here.
  • Starting June 1, bars and nightclubs can reopen, subject to directives available here.
  • On June 12, amusement park rides, traveling carnivals, water parks, circuses, and other temporary amusement rides can reopen, subject to directives available here.
  • Banquet facilities, private event facilities, and private reception venues have new directives for operating that align with restaurants, available here.

If you’re planning to travel to or within Georgia, please check travel alerts from your destination before your trip to ensure you have the most up-to-date information.

Are Georgia beaches open?

Georgia's beaches are open, and visitors must follow CDC social distancing guidelines. Ferry service to Cumberland Island resumes June 26, and facilities and services managed by the National Park Service for Cumberland Island are increasing in a phased approach.

Are Georgia State Parks open?

Georgia’s State Parks & Historic Sites remain open and need everyone’s help protecting the health of visitors and staff by social distancing and following CDC guidelines. Parks may temporarily limit access if capacity is reached and/or to maintain social distancing among guests. Visiting Georgia’s most well-known state parks is not recommended at this time. We are fortunate to have a large state park system covering more than 84,000 acres, so we recommend exploring lesser-known or close-to-home parks and historic sites.

Additionally:

  • Trails, boat ramps, fishing docks, and beaches are open.
  • Campsites, cabins and lodges are open, but some restrooms and bathhouses may be closed.
  • Historic site museums, grounds and walking trails are open.
  • Most playgrounds and fitness equipment are open. Splash pads are closed.
  • Recreational equipment rental such as bikes or mini golf may not be available.
  • Boat rentals are available at some parks with some limitations and restrictions.
  • All swimming pools at Georgia State Parks will be closed for the entire summer 2020.
  • Ranger-led programs are offered at some sites, but most programs require pre-registration.
  • Golf courses are open; call the club house directly, or book online through each course’s website.

Please visit the State Parks website for additional information.

Are National Parks in Georgia open?

Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and state and local public health authorities, the National Parks System (NPS) is increasing access and services in a phased approach across all units of the National Park System. For a list of National Parks in Georgia, visit the NPS website. Before visiting a park, please check the park website to determine its operating status. For updates on the NPS response to COVID-19, including safety information, visit the NPS coronavirus website.

Where can I go camping in Georgia?

Campgrounds and cabins at Georgia State Parks are open. Overnight guests may pay balances online and enjoy convenient self check-in using the RA Camping App (Apple Devices or Android Devices) before going straight to their cabin, campsite or yurt. For complete information about COVID-19 and Georgia State Parks, visit https://gastateparks.org/Alerts.

Additionally, you can find listings for campgrounds and RV parks on ExploreGeorgia.org. Contact the campgrounds or RV parks directly to book reservations.

Can I still hold my family reunion/wedding/etc. in Georgia?

As of April 30, Georgia’s shelter in place orders expired for the majority of Georgia businesses. However, businesses must continue to operate with the state’s social distancing, sanitation guidelines, and operational requirements to keep customers and employees safe. Banquet facilities, private event facilities, and private reception venues have new directives for operating. Starting June 11, 2020, gatherings of more than 50 people in a single location are allowed if they practice social distancing and maintain at least six feet between each person.

Where can I find Georgia travel deals?

As Georgia hotels and attractions reopen, they might publish special offers and deals on the Explore Georgia deals page. Check those listings as well as the destination’s website and social media pages.

Can I visit the Georgia Visitor Information Centers?

All state Visitor Information Centers (VICs) are closed until further notice. 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, West Point, GA 31833. (706) 645-3353

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. More information about the VICs can be found on the Explore Georgia website.

How can I support Georgia communities right now?

You can help small businesses across the state that have had significant financial impacts and need your support. We encourage you to buy gift certificates, shop online, get takeout/delivery from local restaurants, and donate when possible.

 

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