Updated Travel Information

By Visit Tallahassee

UPDATED June 2, 2020

Your Health and Safety Are Our First Concern

Visit Tallahassee understands that this is an unprecedented time and our primary focus is the health and safety of our visitors and locals. Please follow all recommendations from CDC and health professionals – practice social distancing and observe other safe behaviors, such as wearing a mask and frequent hand-washing.

Phase 1 of the Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery (and What it Means to You)

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has authorized a slow, phased reopening of local restaurants, museums and businesses beginning Monday, May 4. Find the details below. Additional details of how this affects Tallahassee /Leon County can be found here.

Hotels & Motels: Open

Hotels and motels are permitted to be open. If you choose to stay at a hotel or motel, be aware that new health and safety protocols are likely to be in place, with extra-thorough cleaning of public areas and guest rooms, as well as social distancing measures on-property.

Most Tallahassee area hotels are open. The properties listed below are temporarily closed.

  • Governors Inn
  • Rodeway Inn
  • Courtyard Tallahassee North/I-10 Capital Circle (Closed for Renovations)

Vacation Rentals: Open

Vacation rentals are now permitted at this phase of Tallahassee/Leon County’s recovery plan.

Restaurants: Open with Restrictions

Prior to the Phase 1 Recovery Plan announcement by Gov. DeSantis, restaurants were allowed to be open for take-out and curbside pickup service only. However, the new order will also allow limited dine-in seating. Beginning May 15, restaurants can seat patrons inside, as long as they follow CDC-recommended spacing of parties and don’t exceed 50% of their indoor seating capacity. Outdoor seating will be permitted as long as dining parties are seated with six feet between them. No groups of more than 10 people will be allowed, and there will be no seating available at restaurant bars.

These links provide current listings of local restaurants that are open or have delivery or takeout options.

Open For Takeout

Tallahassee Table

Tallahassee Foodies

Tallahassee Democrat

Bars, Pubs and Nightclubs: Closed for On-Premises Consumption

Businesses that derive more than 50% of their sales from alcohol purchases (such as bars, pubs and nightclubs) must continue to suspend sale of alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption. Follow our Curbside Brewery Tour for a sample of the Tallahassee breweries that offer curb-side pickup.

Local Parks & Greenways: Most are Open

  • All County trails, greenways, passive parks, and boat landings remain open for small groups (fewer than 10). All park users are encouraged to follow CDC guidance and practice social distancing when outside.
  • All playgrounds, dog parks, and pavilions (with more than one picnic table) are closed.
  • Basketball courts and athletic fields are restricted to small group (fewer than 10) or individual play only.

To explore the County’s outdoor offerings, visit www.Trailahassee.com. If you have any questions about park facility closures, contact Leon County Parks and Recreation at (850) 606-1470

State Parks: Open Parks Listed Below

Lake Overstreet Trails at Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park

  • Open 8am – sunset
  • No facilities

Tallahassee-St. Marks Historic Railroad State Trail

  • Open 8am – sunset
  • Restroom and trash cans available
  • All other park facilities are closed

Lake Jackson Mounds Archaeological State Park

  • Open 8am – sunset
  • Restrooms and trash cans available
  • Other facilities are closed

Lake Talquin State Park

  • Open 8am – sunset
  • Boat/Kayak ramp available
  • No other facilities

Natural Bridge Battlefield State Park

  • Open 8am – sunset
  • Boat/Kayak ramp available
  • Restroom and trash cans available
  • No other facilities

St. Marks River State Preserve

  • Open 8am – sunset
  • No other facilities

Attractions and Activities

Here’s a list of attractions and activities that are open:

  • Tallahassee Museum (See website for updated park hours and restrictions TallahasseeMuseum.org)
  • Tallahassee Automobile Museum
  • Goodwood Museum & Gardens – The gardens are free and open to the public. The museum, café and buildings remain closed at this time.

Businesses and Employers

  • New requirement to test all staff at Florida’s long-term care facilities.
  • Restaurant capacity increased from 25% to 50% with proper physical distancing and possibly adding partitions.
  • Retail store capacity increased from 25% to 50%.
  • Museums and library capacity increased from 25% to 50%, noting library operations would be decided by local governments.
  • Gyms and fitness centers may reopen at 50% capacity with proper physical distancing and sanitization.
  • Sports facilities may reopen without crowds.
  • All businesses are encouraged to provide delivery or pickup and to take orders online or by phone. Open businesses should follow appropriate social distancing and sanitation measures and limit groups to 10 people. See CDC guidance for more detail.
  • Personal care services like barbershops and hair salons may reopen with specific standards required with limitations beginning May 11, 2020.
  • Movie theaters remain closed but drive-ins are permitted.
  • Face masks are not required. See CDC guidance on face masks for customers, employees and employers.
  • Bars and nightclubs must remain closed.

Additional details of how the phased re-opening affects Tallahassee /Leon County can be found here.

Attraction, Museum and Hotel Closures

Here is a list of area attractions, museums and hotels that have closed:

  • John G. Riley Center/Museum
  • LeMoyne Center for the Visual Arts
  • Challenger Learning Center
  • Florida Historic Capitol Museum
  • Museum of Florida History
  • Mission San Luis
  • Grove Museum
  • Meek-Eaton Black Archives
  • Taylor House Museum

Transportation Updates

StarMetro has modified its regular weekday service to end at 8 p.m. Start times for these routes remain unchanged. Saturday and Sunday daytime service remains normal. All night service, trolley service and the Park Route are temporarily suspended. Bus capacity is being limited to accommodate no more than 15 passengers. Passengers must stay behind the yellow line and remain seated, in staggered formation, through the entire trip. StarMetro is strongly encouraging all individuals, especially k-12, to voluntarily suspend all non-essential travel. For StarMetro or Dial-a-Ride assistance, call 850-891-5200.

Public Events

While several events have been cancelled this spring in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 in Florida, several events have been rescheduled or postponed. We will continue to keep the below list of events updated for your reference:

Events Still Scheduled

  • Springtime Tallahassee 5k & 10k – Converted to a virtual run. Sign up here.

Rescheduled or Postponed Events

  • Chain of Parks Art Festival – Canceled
  • Springtime Tallahassee Jubilee – Tentatively Rescheduled for August 8
  • Word of South Festival featuring Jamey Johnson in concert – Postponed until April 2021
  • Florida State Soccer Invitational – Postponed
  • Florida History Day State Competition – May 3-5 (Converted to a virtual competition)
  • YMCA Youth Leadership – Rescheduled for May 17-23
  • Southern Shakespeare Festival – Postponed
  • PeaceJam Southeast – Postponed
  • YBOA Super Regionals – Postponed
  • Comets Basketball Inc. Take Charge Against Breast Cancer – Postponed
  • Comets Basketball Inc. Comets Spring Shootout – Postponed
  • FOOP 2020 Open at TLH Disc Golf Tournament – Status unknown

Traveling to Florida

VISIT FLORIDA provides daily status updates to a wide variety of Florida attractions, travel regulations and much more. For the latest information, please click here.

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