Last Updated: May 5, 2020
Cobb Travel & Tourism is actively monitoring the ongoing news surrounding COVID-19. The safety and health of our visitors, hospitality partners and residents is a top priority.
Georgia has lifted its “stay at home” orders, which means Cobb County and its six cities are open for visitors. Elderly and “medically fragile” community members have been asked to continue sheltering in place through June 12. Please check specific web sites of attractions, restaurants, hotels and others for up-to-date information on their level of operations.
Based on guidance and information from Georgia’s governor, Brian Kemp, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Georgia Department of Health, Cobb County – and all destinations – should continue to observe the health recommendations of national and local public health organizations. These include washing your hands, refraining from touching your face, wearing a mask in public, and staying home if you are sick.
Travelers to Cobb should know that Cobb Travel & Tourism is in close contact with regional public health officials and elected officials, as well as with national travel associations, and will actively communicate with visitors if the situation surrounding COVID-19 changes.
Please keep the families of those who passed, those suffering with the virus and our medical professionals in your thoughts and prayers.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Is it safe to travel to Atlanta?
Currently, there are no travel restrictions or advisories in the state of Georgia, which includes Atlanta and Cobb County. The CDC continues to recommend washing your hands frequently, wearing masks in public, and avoiding contact with your eyes, nose, and mouth to prevent the spread of contagious diseases like COVID-19. Older adults, those with serious chronic medical conditions, and those feeling unwell should avoid traveling.
Are there any closures of note for visitors to Cobb County, such as attractions, hotels, restaurants or meeting venues?
As always, Cobb County welcomes visitors. Please check specific web sites of attractions, restaurants, hotels and others for up-to-date information on their level of operations. As is true in every community, citizens and visitors are asked to observe public health recommendations including washing your hands, refraining from touching your face and staying home if you’re sick, among others.
What actions are being taken by local airports to ensure the safety of passengers?
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) and its partners, consisting of the CDC, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Transportation and Security Administration (TSA), AATC, airlines, contractors and concessionaires, are working closely together to help manage and mitigate the spread of the virus. As part of these efforts, Hartsfield-Jackson has increased the frequency that public areas are cleaned, provided additional education and training for employees, posted signage to provide guidance and education to passengers, and is coordinating with public health, CDC, and other agencies for instructions on a daily basis. As this is a rapidly evolving public health issue, the CDC will continue to conduct enhanced screenings of passengers exhibiting symptoms. Learn more
What actions is the Cobb Galleria Centre taking to ensure the safety of its meeting attendees?
The management team of Cobb Galleria Centre and Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre has been closely monitoring all communications regarding the COVID-19 (Coronavirus), and with Governor Brian Kemp’s declaration on March 14, 2020 of a Public Health Emergency in Georgia, the decision was made to temporarily close the Cobb Galleria Centre and Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre effective Monday, March 16, 2020. Most of the staff will be working remotely during that time. Please click here to check updates to their calendar.
Does Cobb Travel & Tourism have a message for travelers?
Travelers to Cobb County – and all destinations – should continue to observe the health recommendations of national and local public health officials, as they plan to travel, when they travel, and when they are visiting any destination. Travelers to Cobb should know that Cobb Travel & Tourism is in close contact with regional public health officials and elected officials, as well as with national travel associations, and will actively communicate with visitors if the situation changes.
Where can I go with urgent questions related to COVID-19?
The most up-to-date information relating to COVID-19 in Cobb County can be found on the Cobb & Douglas Public Health website.
Health and Wellness Resources:
- U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention coronavirus website
- U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention travel information and alerts
- World Health Organization advice for the public
- Georgia Department of Public Health daily status update
- Johns Hopkins University live tracker
Travel and Meetings Industry Resources:
- U.S. Travel Association guidance for promoting the health and safety of all travelers
- U.S. Travel Association national status updates and travel industry talking points
- Destinations International comprehensive resource page
- Meetings Mean Business meetings industry updates and message points
- World Health Organization planning recommendations for mass gatherings·
Cobb Travel & Tourism is a 501(c)6 nonprofit organization, working to bring visitors to Cobb County. Cobb Travel & Tourism is the only organization positioned to market Cobb County and all of its assets as a 365-day destination. As the leading industry in Cobb County, tourism has significant economic impact. Tourism represents a $3.15 billion economic impact and supports more than 43,000 jobs. Tourism in Cobb County created $86.99 million in state tax revenues and generated $51.33 million for Cobb and its cities in tax revenues. Each Cobb household would need to be taxed an additional $499 per year to replace taxes generated by tourism activity.