To Our Visitors, Welcome Back
The hustle & bustle is coming back to Augusta, Georgia as outdoor patios soak up the sun, our Savannah River beckons paddlers and boats, and downtown starts to receive guests & locals again. We are incredibly excited to begin welcoming our long-awaited visitors back to our beautiful Georgia city.
We have included excerpts from Georgia Governor Brian Kemp's lifted executive order, along with continued Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance for increased sanitation measures and hand-washing practices. Executive Order 06.29.20.01 extends the Public Health State of Emergency through 11:59 PM on August 11.
Augusta's Executive Order
Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis has issued an executive order mandating citizens to wear masks to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The executive order becomes effective at 6 p.m. on July 10 until September 8.
The executive order covers public buildings and businesses across the city, but does have some exemptions for people who are unable to wear masks due to underlying medical conditions.
Georgia's Executive Order
Shelter-in-place and gatherings: Effective immediately, residents and visitors of Georgia that are 65 and older are no longer required to shelter-in-place unless they live in a long-term care facility, have asthma, lung disease, heart disease, or are immunocompromised Gatherings of more than 50 people are banned starting June 16 unless there is six-feet of space between each person.
Restaurants & bars: Starting June 16, there is no longer a party maximum at restaurants. The limit on the number of people per square foot is also lifted. Workers are now only required to wear face coverings when interacting with patrons. At salad bars and buffets, workers can use cafeteria-style service to serve patrons OR they must provide hand sanitizer, a sneeze guard, and regularly replace shared utensils for self-service. Starting June 16, bars can have 50 people OR 35% of their total listed fire capacity – whichever is greater.
Conventions: Starting July 1, a convention can take place if it meets 21 requirements on top of the requirements for non-critical infrastructure.
Live performance venues: Starting July 1, a live venue can reopen if it complies with specific criteria for its designated tier. The only exceptions are if it’s a drive-in show, fan-less event, livestream or private recording session.
Augusta's Experience Center
Augusta's Experience Center, Augusta & Co. has reopened to locals and visitors. The visitor center and storefront will be operating on new hours and guidance for the public, with increased sanitation measures.
Start Planning Your Visit
This guide showcases Augusta’s multifaceted community and focuses on the city's vibrant arts & music scene, the abundance of outdoor adventures, signature events throughout the city, golf culture on and off the course, and much more. Home to soulful music legends James Brown and Jessye Norman, our city mixes soul in our art, entertainment, and delicious cuisine.
Get outside: Our winding trails, wide-open spaces and great outdoors are always open. Uncrowded and unspoiled, open-air hikes and other outings in nature provide the therapeutic benefits of being outside while practicing social distancing at a few of our favorite locations: Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, Augusta Canal National Heritage Area, The Greeneway Trail, and the Forks Area Trail System (F.A.T.S).
Soak up sun on a patio: Pay a visit to one of our favorite restaurants and drink up the sun (and a pina colada). A few of our patio picks include The Southern Salad, Bodega Ultima, and Farmhaus Burger.
Share your summer sips & adventures on social media using #loveaugusta.
THE MASTERS GOLF TOURNAMENT
2020 MASTERS TO BE CONDUCTED WITHOUT PATRONS OR GUESTS
Please see below a statement from Fred Ridley, Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club regarding the rescheduling of The Masters Golf Tournament.
Fred Ridley, Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club, announced today that the 2020 Masters Tournament will take place November 9-15 without patrons or guests on the grounds.
“Since our initial announcement to postpone the 2020 Masters, we have remained committed to a rescheduled Tournament in November while continually examining how best to host a global sporting event amid this pandemic,” said Ridley. “As we have considered the issues facing us, the health and safety of everyone associated with the Masters always has been our first and most important priority.
“Throughout this process, we have consulted with health officials and a variety of subject matter experts. Ultimately, we determined that the potential risks of welcoming patrons and guests to our grounds in November are simply too significant to overcome.
“Even in the current circumstances, staging the Masters without patrons is deeply disappointing. The guests who come to Augusta each spring from around the world are a key component to making the Tournament so special. Augusta National has the responsibility, however, to understand and accept the challenges associated with this virus and take the necessary precautions to conduct all aspects of the Tournament in a safe manner. We look forward to the day when we can welcome all of our patrons back, hopefully in April 2021.
“We appreciate the support and patience of all those we serve – including the Augusta community, our corporate and broadcast partners and our friends in golf – as we continue to plan for this historic event.”
All 2020 ticket holders will be guaranteed the same tickets for the 2021 Masters. Augusta National will communicate directly with all ticket holders and 2021 ticket applicants in September.
For a list of frequently asked questions about ticketing, please click here.
Make your own iconic experience at-home with our Arnold Palmer drink and cake recipes.
Stay Safe & Healthy
To protect yourself and others, please take the following precautions as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC):
- Wash your hands frequently with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds;
- Avoid sharing food and drinks;
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth;
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or into your elbow; and
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.