COVID-19 Updates

Last updated March 27, 2020, at 1:30 p.m.

The health and safety of our guests and community is top priority for the Golden Isles Convention & Visitors Bureau. Along with government officials, the Golden Isles CVB is closely monitoring COVID-19 and any potential impacts to our area. If you are planning a trip to the Golden Isles and are concerned about the status of your visit, we hope to provide you with the most current and up-to-date information available. 

Traveling to St. Simons Island, Sea Island, Little St. Simons Island, Jekyll Island and Brunswick

At this time, there are no travel restrictions to or within the Golden Isles and our individual towns. Many of our hoteliers and hospitality partners are taking extremely careful precautionary measures to ensure the health, safety and vitality of our guests. We recommend contacting individual properties should you have specific questions about a hotel, resort or vacation rental

If you are traveling to Jekyll Island, please visit their COVID-19 website. If you are thinking of traveling to Little St. Simons Island in the near future, please contact the Lodge at Little St. Simons Island. If you are thinking of traveling to Sea Island in the near future, please contact Sea Island Resorts

A list of lodging partners with updates can be found here

Beach, Pier & Park Closures

All beaches in Glynn County, including St. Simons Island, Jekyll Island and Sea Island's Beach Club are closed to the public effective Saturday, March 21 at 6:00 a.m. until Monday, April 13. This closure also includes the St. Simons Pier. If you're missing the beach and the pier like we all are, please watch our live webcams and enjoy our beaches at a safe distance.

In a Special Called Emergency Meeting on March 25, 2020, the Glynn County Board of Commissioners passed an Executive Order that goes into effect on March 26, 2020 at 6:00 a.m. Glynn County owned Recreation and Park fields, courts, playgrounds, and picnic areas are also closed with the exception of walking trails, dog parks, marinas, and campgrounds. For a more comprehensive list of these parks, please click here.

Responsible Social Distancing

Although many public spaces, attractions and businesses remain open in the Golden Isles, the CVB highly encourages all visitors and residents to set good examples for others and practice responsible social distancing. We urge you to be mindful of federally mandated social distancing guidelines and stay at least six feet away from others. Please do your part to keep yourselves and others safe and healthy. Make decisions you feel are best for you, your family and your travel companions. Take advantage of restaurants offering take out, curbside services and delivery options. Support local businesses by shopping online. Above all else, be kind and calm, and practice proper hygiene. 

During his press conference on March 23, Governor Kemp announced an executive order that requires Georgia residents with an increased risk of complications from COVID-19 to shelter in place. This includes individuals "who live in a long-term care facility, have chronic lung disease, are undergoing cancer treatment, have a positive COVID-19 test, are suspected to have COVID-19 because of their symptoms and exposure, or have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19."

Event Updates

Our team is working diligently to ensure our calendar of events is updated with accurate information for previously scheduled events. Please view individual events for the organizers' contact information, and any updates regarding cancellations and/or rescheduled dates. If you believe we have overlooked an event update, please let us know so we can ensure our website is accurate and up-to-date.

Restaurant, Business & Attractions Updates

Similar to event updates, our team is constantly staying in touch with our local tourism businesses and partners to stay aware of temporary closures and amended hours. In his press conference on March 23, Governor Kemp announced an executive order to close all bars and nightclubs effective noon March 24, 2020 through noon April 6, 2020. 

In a Special Called Emergency Meeting on March 25, 2020, the Glynn County Board of Commissioners passed an Executive Order that goes into effect on March 26, 2020 at 6:00 a.m. The Executive Order covers only the non-essential businesses listed in the order. Other non-essential and essential businesses may continue to operate, but should adhere to social distancing guidelines. We are working closely with local businesses, activities, attractions and shops to ensure their information is correct as well.

St. Simons Welcome Center

Golden Isles Welcome Centers

For the safety of our staff and visitors, and in accordance with CDC recommendations for social distancing, we have temporarily closed both of our Welcome Centers in the Golden Isles. However, our phone lines remain open and our friendly team is more than happy to assist you with your travel needs! Please call us at 912-638-9014 during standard business hours so that we may best serve you. 

We have also set up a Virtual Welcome Center with ideas for social distancing, things to safely do outdoors and inspiration for planning a future trip to the Golden Isles. It is our hope that you are able to experience and find peace and tranquility in the Golden Isles - even if from far away! Find more information here. 

Additional Resources

We encourage our visitors, residents and partners to continue to remain calm, vigilant and optimistic. Please adopt best practices as outlined by trusted healthcare resources. Educate yourselves with information from credible sources and adhere to recommendations from local and national governments. We've gathered a few resources for quick and easy access.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The President's Coronavirus Guidelines for America

Georgia Department of Public Health

Georgia Department of Public Health, Coastal Health District

Glynn County Board of Commissioners Updates

Governor Kemp's Executive Orders & COVID-19 Updates

U.S. Travel Association

Current COVID-19 Status in Glynn County

There are currently six confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Glynn County. Each case is being managed individually. More information can be found here. 

COVID-19 Hotline

The State of Georgia has established a COVID-19 hotline. If you believe that you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, please contact your primary care doctor or an urgent care clinic. Please do not show up unannounced at an emergency room or health care facility. Hotline: 844-442-2681. 

Visit the Golden Isles - Virtually!

Escape to the beautiful, sunny shores of the Golden Isles anytime your heart desires! See live views of St. Simons Island, Jekyll Island and Little St. Simons Island through the lens of our webcams.

  • Epworth by the Sea, St. Simons Island

  • Beach Club, St. Simons Island

  • Holiday Inn Resort, Jekyll Island

       

  • Little St. Simons Island