Surry County/Yadkin Valley, NC, has welcomed back visitors since May 22, 2020, when N.C. Governor Roy Cooper moved the state into Phase 2 of his three-phased approach to lift restrictions and reopen the state for business.
Cooper kept North Carolina in Phase 2 until Sept. 4, 2020, at which point he moved the state into Phase 2.5. This phase is scheduled through at least Oct. 2. Here are the main changes that occurred by moving into Phase 2.5:
- Mass gatherings can be up to 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors
- Museums and aquariums may open at 50 percent capacity (movie theaters remain closed)
- Playgrounds may open, but children from age 5 and up must wear masks
- Bowling alleys, gyms, skating rinks and indoor exercise facilities may open at 30 percent capacity
- Remaining closed are: bars, nightclubs, amusement parks and indoor entertainment venues
Gov. Cooper's face covering mandate, instituted in late June, remains in effect. The mandate requires people to wear face coverings when in public places (indoors or outdoors) where social distancing of at least 6 feet isn't possible. There are a few exceptions to the face mask mandate:
- Masks are not required for people in the same household in public, if they are able to social distance 6 feet from others
- Masks are not required for people with medical conditions and children under 11 (unless children are at a playground, at which point only those under age five can go mask-less)
- Masks are not required for people who are walking outdoors, or otherwise exercising, and maintaining a social distance of 6 feet from others
In Surry County/Yadkin Valley, NC, many wineries, breweries, city parks, state parks, attractions, restaurants and accommodations continue to operate and welcome visitors. However, we do recommend calling ahead to these places to ensure they are open and inquire about any changes in hours of operation. Tourism is a vital part of our economy and we hope people will consider visiting our beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Like other NC destinations, we ask visitors to practice safe measures when in public spaces, including the Three Ws: wait six feet apart, wash your hands frequently for 20 seconds (or use hand sanitizer), and wear a cloth face covering. Also, refrain from venturing into public places if experiencing a fever or signs of illness.
The visitor experience may be a bit different from place to place. Each winery, attraction and business has implemented protocols to provide a positive guest experience while being mindful of employee safety and overall public health. Please be patient. These protocols require an extra bit of effort by both employees and guests.
If you are not yet comfortable returning to travel, feel free to use this website as a guide for ideas or trips in the future.
COVID Updates from NC Government
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