To Our Visitors, See Y’all Soon
During this unprecedented event, it is our mission to keep our residents and visitors informed and focus on the health and safety of all those who live or travel to Augusta’s River Region.
During this uncertain time, we know one thing – we appreciate all of you; many of whom are our repeat visitors, our family, who have been coming to our destination for years.
While we understand that this may impact travel plans, we want to keep you updated with the steps we are taking to keep your health and safety a priority and remind everyone to travel responsibly. For the most up to date COVID-19 information, please refer to the Georgia Department of Public Health – East Central Health District website here.
Georgia's Executive Order
In efforts to mitigate growing health concerns, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp issued an executive order to shelter-in-place effective at 6 p.m. on April 3 through April 30, 2020. Though the shelter-in-place order has expired, businesses across the Peach State have been instructed to continue to operate with strict social distancing and sanitation rules to keep customers and employees safe through May 13. The elderly and medically fragile are encouraged to continue sheltering-in-place with Georgia's public health state of emergency extended until June 12.
The governor’s order will allow gyms, bowling alleys, salons and some other indoor facilities closed under his shelter-in-place order to resume operations by Friday, April 24 as long as they comply with social distancing requirements and meet other safety standards. Restaurants, which were banned from in-person dining, will be allowed to reopen on Monday, April 27 if they meet guidelines the governor's office will release later this week.
Bars, nightclubs, live performances venues, and operators of amusement park rides must remain closed until May 31. Businesses, establishments, and organizations cannot allow more than 10 people to gather in a single location unless there is at least 6 feet between each person.
Augusta's Experience Center
We have closed Augusta’s Experience Center, Augusta & Co. out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our community and visitors. Schools in the area are closed, and the Governor has issued a state of emergency to expedite spending and free up resources available to them.
Need your event information included in this list of postponed festivals & events? Send us an email and we will make sure your event is included.
The Masters Golf Tournament
Rescheduled for November 9-15, 2020
On March 13, the Augusta National Golf Club announced the postponement of the Masters Tournament and the Augusta National Women’s Amateur based upon the risks associated with the Coronavirus COVID-19, a pandemic that continues to impact lives everywhere.
We remain very mindful of the extraordinary and unprecedented challenges presented by the Coronavirus around the world. As such, we continue to keep in close contact with local, state and national health authorities to help inform our decisions.
In collaboration with the leading organizations in golf, Augusta National Golf Club has identified November 9-15, 2020 as the intended dates to host the 2020 Masters. While more details will be shared in the weeks and months to come, we, like all of you, will continue to focus on all mandated precautions and guidelines to fight against the Coronavirus. Along the way, we hope the anticipation of staging the Masters Tournament in the fall brings a moment of joy to the Augusta community and all those who love the sport.
To our partners in the hospitality industry:
We are providing an overview of the recently passed CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act with resources from the U.S. Travel Association for the hospitality industry and small businesses most affected by these unprecedented times.
To our locals & community:
We encourage you to enjoy our abundance of natural resources, support of local businesses and enjoy movies filmed locally. We've complied a list of local businesses offering online shopping, curbside pickup, and delivery options. Social distancing? Augusta has you covered with a list of indoor activities, and outdoor recreation.
- Grab your furry friend, pack a picnic lunch and hit a trail and enjoy the calm disconnectedness that only our outdoors can offer you.
- Consider purchasing a gift card for a future trip to support our local businesses now when they need it the most.
- Stay stocked with local brews from Savannah River Brewing Company, Riverwatch Brewery and 2nd City Distilling Co. from their locations or participating grocery stores.
- Watch a movie from the comfort of your home that was filmed right here in Augusta’s River Region that include: Saving Zoë streaming now on Netflix; Encounter streaming now on Amazon Prime; Siren streaming now on Netflix; The Mule featuring Clint Eastwood streaming now on Netflix.
- Pull together your favorite, soulful tunes that include James Brown for your very own Augusta playlist.
- Keep in touch with us by using our hashtag, #LoveAugusta for your social media posts and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.
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).
Nature & Outdoors
Trails & Biking
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.
During this time, our hearts and thoughts are with those who have been affected by this. We send our deep appreciation to those in our community, the healthcare industry and first responders who are working on the front lines to mitigate the spread and impact of this virus. Our community and its people are resilient; we will persevere through this and are optimistic about the future.
We thank you for considering Augusta’s River Region and look forward to welcoming you. See y’all soon!