It is important that you understand that COVID-19 is a rapidly evolving situation. We are in constant communication with our local and state officials to ensure you have the most up-to-date information as you plan your trip. While many of our businesses continue to operate in a safe and responsible manner, several have chosen to cancel events or temporarily close out of an abundance of caution. We are posting closures on our website as they are announced, but because this is a quickly evolving situation, we recommend you contact in advance any business you plan to visit to ensure they are operating normally. We will continue to post these updates until this situation is resolved.
Guidance continues to evolve. At this time it’s important to follow travel guidance from the CDC as it relates to both an increased risk of exposure in crowded settings and precautions for high-risk individuals. High-risk individuals are adults over 60 and people with underlying health conditions. We encourage visitors to rely on guidance from public health officials and use common sense.
Healthy Travel Practices from the CDC
- Wash hands often
- Avoid large gatherings
- Keep a 6-foot buffer at meetings/gatherings
- Cough into your elbow and sneeze into a tissue
- Consult with a doctor before traveling when sick
- Stay up to date on vaccinations
- Avoid contact with people who are already sick
- Avoid contact with animals while traveling
- Be aware of the latest travel advisories from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. State Department
Frequently Asked Questions
- Are there any Coronavirus / COVID-19 cases in the Gwinnett area?
- Seven cases of coronavirus are being investigated in the Gwinnett County; there are currently 100 cases of COVID-19 in Georgia.
- Are there any closures or event cancellations?
- As we’ve seen with national events and schools, there are cancellations and closures happening, with the majority of schools/universities moving to online classes.
- We’re posting updates on the Attractions and Facilities page (link updated doc here). As this is a rapidly evolving situation, it’s recommended that you check with the individual business/event for the latest accurate information.
- Will my hotel/venue offer refunds?
- As cancellation and refund policies vary by business, you should contact the business you booked with directly for their latest policies and options. Many businesses are reviewing their policies and making them more flexible to accommodate changing travel plans, such as allowing people to rebook later.
- What are area businesses and events doing to prevent the spread of coronavirus?
- Explore Gwinnett Tourism and Film has been in regular contact with Gas South District, our hospitality partners and our cities.
- Many businesses have implemented expanded preventive measures, including:
- Minimizing the number of people allowed to gather
- Developing online ordering and curbside pick up
- Expanded cleaning and sanitation practices, such as frequent cleanings, wiping down surfaces frequently throughout the day and making sanitation gel or wipes available to visitors.
- Communicating guidelines to employees and visitors on how to prevent the spread of viruses.
- Implementing a response plan in case someone is suspected of contracting the coronavirus.
- 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. View Georgia Department of Health – Daily Status Report for a daily up-to-date report on cases.
Guidance for Travelers
- There are currently no travel advisories or restrictions to the state of Georgia or any counties within the state.
- 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. As of March 17, the international terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson has been closed.
- 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.
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
- Dept. of Labor: Assisting Employers and Workers www.dol.gov/coronavirus
- Allergies vs. Coronavirus: Here's How to Tell the Difference – What are seasonal allergy symptoms and how do they differ from coronavirus symptoms?
- Be Aware of Scammers – Scammers follow the headlines and often take advantage of events such as these. Be vigilant if you receive something that seems out of the ordinary.
- Tips for Cleaning Your Cellar Phones – Here's a look at how you can clean your phone safely without damaging its screen or internal components.
- Avoid using aerosol sprays and bleaches, and don't spray cleaner directly onto your smartphone. Instead, use a Clorox wipe or isopropyl alcohol wipe.
- Using a soft, lightly dampened microfiber cloth is also considered safe.
- If you're using a case on your phone, try cleaning that in addition to or instead of your device.
- And of course, keeping your hands clean can go a long way
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. More information about the VICs can be found on the Explore Georgia website.
Georgia State Parks
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.