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.
Where can I find information about COVID-19 vaccinations in Georgia?
For information on plans for vaccine distribution, click here, or for questions about the vaccines or eligibility, call 888-357-0169.
For additional information on vaccine appointments with private providers, such as Kroger, Publix, CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, U-Save-It, and Ingles, click here.
Are there any Georgia travel restrictions right now?
There are no restrictions for travel to, from, or within Georgia. If you leave your home, you must follow public health safety measures and local laws. If you test positive for COVID-19, you must follow home isolation protocol. Your home state or country may have restrictions in place.
If you are considered medically fragile or fall into a category as described on page 11 Executive Order 02.28.21.01 - Empowering a Healthy Georgia, you need to continue to shelter in place. However, Georgians are urged to stay home whenever possible. The Public Health State of Emergency remains in effect until May 30, 2021.
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?
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.
- Starting July 1, 2020, live performance venues may reopen, subject to directives available here.
- Starting June 1, 2020, bars and nightclubs can reopen, subject to directives available here.
- On June 12, 2020, 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?
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.
Please visit the State Parks website for exact information on open or closed facilities.
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 8, 2021, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has lifted restrictions on group gatherings and adjusted guidelines businesses must follow. Businesses are still required 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 also have new directives for operating.
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?
Georgia Visitor Information Centers (VICs) are open daily 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.:
- 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
Restroom facilities at all of the nine VICs are open daily. 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.
What is the Georgia Safety Promise?
The Georgia Safety Promise is a statewide campaign from the Governor’s Office and the Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH) that encourages businesses and the public to agree to simple, but critical, measures that will keep Georgians safe from COVID-19, minimize spread of the virus, and keep Georgia open for business. Making the Georgia Safety Promise means businesses have committed to the latest guidelines from the Governor’s office, including:
- Promoting social distancing
- Wearing face coverings
- Cleaning surfaces
- Washing and sanitizing hands
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.