The Latest Information from Savannah During COVID-19
Updated: Monday, June 1, 2020
Georgia's Governor Brian Kemp announced Phase I for the reopening of the state's economy. While further details and guidance are forthcoming from the state's leadership, here are the directives included in the new executive order:
- Elective surgeries and other medical practices, dental practices, orthodontics practices, physical therapy, ambulatory surgical centers, and any other healthcare services may begin treating patients in accordance with CDC prevention guidelines and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines.
- Gyms, rec centers, tattoo parlors, hair salons, barbers and others that require close human contact, will be allowed to reopen and maintain "minimum basic operations" by following prescribed guidelines.
- Restaurants, theaters, private clubs and other similar businesses that host large gatherings of individuals, will be allowed to reopen or allow dine-in operations while following the same prescribed guidelines. Party sizes have increased to a maximum of 10 people allowed in restaurants and dining rooms.
- Starting June 1, 2020, bars and nightclubs are allowed to resume operations and practices, with social distancing and sanitation restrictions in place. Bars must limit the number of people to 25 people or 35% of total occupancy, whichever is greater.
- No word yet on when live performance venues will be permitted to be reopened.
Please note that Georgia extended the shelter in place order until July 12, 2020. Those who must shelter in place are those 65 and older, living in a nursing home or long-term care facility or are immunocompromised.
Public Spaces & Beaches
Savannah's public spaces such as parks and squares will also remain open but the city urges everyone to obey social distancing of 6 feet or more. Tybee Island's beaches, wooden crossovers and parking lots have reopened to the public.
The Savannah Safe Initiative
On May 13, Savannah’s Mayor Johnson unveiled the Savannah Safe initiative, a voluntary program asking local businesses to commit to following the CDC and FDA COVID-19 sanitation and safety guidelines.
Businesses are asked to log onto SavannahSafe.com to take the pledge, where they will be categorized by business type. Savannah visitors can visit this website to see which local businesses are taking preventative measures to keep the public safe during business operations or they simply look for the Savannah Safe logo on storefronts across the city.
To see a complete list of businesses that have taken the Savannah Safe pledge, click here.
Visit Savannah Cares About You
Visit Savannah strives to make sure every visitor experience in Savannah is the best it can be by providing up-to-date information. The safety of our visitors is our highest priority and we always want you to have the resources you need to make informed travel decisions when it comes to COVID-19 (or Coronavirus). We urge all travelers to take protective measures against COVID-19. Please familiarize yourself with these prevention tips from the CDC. Read on for the latest information, details about dining options and how we're coming together as a community during this time.