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Find below COVID-19 information and resources for our tourism industry partners.

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Updated Mar. 25, 2021

Leon County Requires Face Coverings To Protect Public Health Starting June 25 at 12:01 am

To mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and protect the public health of our community, Leon County approved an emergency ordinance requiring face coverings scheduled to begin Thursday, June 25 at 12:01 a.m. As confirmed cases of COVID-19 continue to rise locally and statewide, the ordinance states that an individual in a business establishment in Leon County must wear a face covering while in that business establishment. Click here for details.

Leon County Publishes COVID-19 Response and Re-opening Plan.

The Plan provides a framework and guidance for the community to both navigate and plan for the phases of reopening in a manner that minimizes the risk of resurgence and protects the most vulnerable from COVID-19.  Click here to view the plan. Updated June 24, 2020

Leon County Division of Tourism/Visit Tallahassee Industry Zoom Meetings

Please join the Leon County Division of Tourism / Visit Tallahassee on Tuesday, April 6 and Wednesday, April 7 from 9-10 a.m as we host two separate virtual sessions, one focusing on sales plans, the other featuring our marketing plans. Each Zoom will feature a brief presentation, followed by break-out groups.

On Tuesday April 6 from 9-10 a.m., we will focus on the Division’s Sales Plan for Sports Events, Meetings & Conventions and Leisure Travel.
• Joe Piotrowski & Amanda Heidecker on Sports & Events
• Janet Roach on Meetings & Conventions
• Katie Gardocki on Leisure & Travel

On Wednesday April 7 from 9-10 a.m., we will focus on Marketing, Public Relations and Visitor Services/Grants.
• Katie Kole on Marketing
• Terri Messler on Visitor Services and Grants

WHAT:            Leon County Tourism Industry Zoom

WHEN:            Tuesday, April 6 & Wednesday, April 7 from 9:00-10:00 am

ZOOM:            To join our Zoom Meeting, go to:

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Meeting ID: 962 534 1094

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Additional industry calls will be scheduled over the coming weeks.


Past Conference Calls

Conference Call Audio & Video – February 3, 2021

This month, we we will focus discussions around incorporating art into your business to elevate your business and enhance visitor experience!

Bo Schmitz, Bo Schmitz, Regional General Manager at the NEW Hyatt House Tallahassee Capitol-University. Bo will share updates on the first Hyatt Hotel in Tallahassee and how they incorporated local art into the design to reflect the eclectic style of their location.
Kathleen Spehar, Executive Director of Council on Culture & Arts (COCA). Kathleen will share 5 ways that businesses can incorporate the arts into their guest experience.
BREAKOUT DISCUSSION: Incorporating Art Into Your Business
During the zoom call, we will break off into small groups where partners can share ideas on how businesses can incorporate art into their businesses to attract new visitors.


Conference Call Audio & Video – December 2, 2020

This month, we we will focus discussions around our numerous outdoor assets and how your business can capitalize on outdoor adventure seekers!

Liz Schold, Coordinator at the Great Florida Birding & Wildlife Trail. Liz will share updates on the Great Florida Birding & Wildlife Trail and how to catch the “wild tourist” – attracting birders and wildlife viewers to your business.
NEW – BREAKOUT DISCUSSION: How to Capitalize on the Outdoor Traveler
During the zoom call, we will break off into small groups where Visit Tallahassee staff will share ideas on how your business can capitalize on visitors who want to experience outdoor recreation opportunities and our 700 miles of trails, as well as discuss partners’ ideas and insights.



Conference Call Audio & Video – October 7, 2020

This week we heard from Pam Monnier, Private Event Director with the University Center Club at Florida State University and Katie Kole and Scott Lindeman from the Visit Tallahassee marketing team sharing the 2020 marketing plan updates and partner opportunities.

DOWNLOAD: Visit Tallahassee CARES Act Marketing Plan

Click here for Partner Opportunities!


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Conference Call Audio – September 30, 2020

This week we heard from Bo Schmitz with the Hampton-Inn & Suites Capitol-University and Dr. Joseph St. Germain with Downs & St. Germain Research


Conference Call Audio & Video – September 23, 2020

This week, the Leon County Division of Tourism/Visit Tallahassee is partnering with KCCI as part of their 2nd Annual Placemaking Week – a series of events, discussions and a time to share best-practices for how the tourism industry can harness the “Power of Place” to elevate Tallahassee as a tourist destination.

Featured speakers: Betsy Couch, Executive Director, Knight Creative Communities Institute (KCCI), Ben Pingree, Director, Leon County Department of PLACE, (Planning, Land Management & Community Enhancement) and Aimee Ross, Director of Bike Bentonville.

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Conference Call Audio – September 16, 2020

Featuring local music legend “The Sauce Boss” Bill Wharton and Tallahassee golf scribe Jay Revell, author of The Nine Virtues of Golf.


Conference Call Audio – September 9, 2020

This week, we’ll hear from Gregg Patterson from Choose Tallahassee and Doug Alderson from Apalachicola Riverkeeper.


Conference Call Audio – September 2, 2020

This week, we heard the inspiring story of Demetrius and Marquis, owners of Love Gurlies lemonade and fried Oreos that recently made an appearance on NBC’s Today Show, along with JH Leale from Tallahassee Foodies, and Cristina Paredes from the Office of Economic Vitality (OEV) shared information about new Leon CARES Grant Funding opportunities.

Listen to the audio-only version here:


Conference Call Audio – August 26, 2020

This week, we’re recognizing the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution that granted women the right to vote with a  special presentation featuring local leading women in Tourism and Community Development.


Conference Call Audio – August 19, 2020

Featured guest speakers: John Gandy, Creative Director at John Gandy Events along with Tiffany Baker, Museum Director and Rachel Porter, Director of Research and Programming at the Florida Historic Capitol Museum


Conference Call Audio – August 12, 2020

Featured guest speakers: Lori Elliot, Development Director of Opening Nights at FSU and Paige Lee, Director of Education at the John G. Riley Center & Museum.


Conference Call Audio – August 5, 2020

Featured guest speakers: Harry Smith, owner of Harry Smith Outdoors and Autumn Calder, Director, Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency.


Conference Call Audio – July 29, 2020

Featured guest speakers: Mark Xenophon, General Manager, Hotel Indigo, Russell Daws, President/CEO of the Tallahassee Museum, and Darryl Jones, Deputy Director of Minority Women & Small Business Enterprise Program, Office of Economic Vitality.


Conference Call Audio – July 22, 2020

Featured guest speakers: Jimmy Card, President of Tallahassee Mountain Bike Association, Betsy Couch, Executive Director of KCCI to discuss the Mobile Bike Rack and Danny Aller, Co-Founder of the Tallahassee Beer Society.


Conference Call Audio – July 15, 2020

Featured guest speakers: Lindsey Magura from North American Properties (Cascades Project)David Yon with the Gulf Winds Track Club and the Visit Tallahassee Meetings & Groups team Janet Roach and Katie Gardocki.


Conference Call Audio – July 8, 2020

Featured guest speakers: Mandy Stringer, CEO of the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra with Maestro Darko Butorac, Betsy Couch, Executive Director of Knight Creative Communities Institute and Amanda Morrison, Managing Partner of Social Catering & Events.


Conference Call Audio – July 1, 2020

Featured guest speakers: This week, we heard from Keith McCluney, Deputy Director of Athletics at Florida A&M University, Elizabeth Emmanuel, Chief Executive Officer of the Downtown Improvement Authority and Adam Kaye, Owner of the Railroad Square Art District.


Conference Call Audio – June 24, 2020

Featured guest speakers: Claudia Blackburn, Health Officer for the Florida Department of Health (DOH), Rebecca D’Alessio, Florida Department of Health,  Mike Kelly, General Manager of the Holiday Inn Tallahassee East Capitol – Universities and Michelle Personette, Executive Director of the Challenger Learning Center.


Conference Call Audio – June 17, 2020

Featured guest speakers: Kevin Peters, Leon County Emergency Management Director, Dr. Joseph St. Germain with Downs & St. Germain Research and Kathleen Spehar, Executive Director of the Council on Culture & Arts (COCA).


Conference Call Audio – June 10, 2020

Featured guest speakers: Mathieu Cavell, Leon County’s Assistant to the County Administrator for Community Relations and Resilience, Ricky Bell, Leon County School’s Director of Student Activities, and Laura Johnson and Robin Jackson from Southern Shakespeare Company.


Conference Call Audio – June 3, 2020

Featured guest speakers: Susie Busch-Transou, owner of Hearth & Soul, Nick Lowe, Regional Director of the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association, and Leah Garey, Sr. Business Development Manager at Expedia Group.


Conference Call Audio – May 27, 2020

Featured guest speakers: Powell Kreis from Chain of Parks Art Festival, Eleanor Warmack, Executive Director with the Florida Recreation and Park Association, Michelle Wilson, Area Sales Executive, Marriott International.


Conference Call Audio – May 20, 2020

This week featured insight from: Steven Bonda, Global Project Manager with ConferenceDirect, Sally Bradshaw, Owner, Midtown Reader, and J.H., from Tallahassee Foodies.


Conference Call Audio – May 13, 2020

Guest speakers Dana Young, President/CEO of VISIT FLORIDA, Kathleen Daly, Vice President for University Relations at Florida State University, and Stacy Welch with Backwoods Crossing/Backwoods Bistro restaurants.


Conference Call Audio – May 6, 2020

This call featured guest speakers: Russell Daws from the Tallahassee MuseumDr. Joseph St. Germain from Downs & St. Germain Research, and Greg Cohen from Lofty Pursuits. Dr. Joseph St. Germain presented an updated market research report which can be downloaded here: COVID-19 Update 5.6.20.


Conference Call Audio – April 29, 2020

David Pollard from the TLH International Airport, Matt Thompson from Madison Social/For The Table Hospitality and Paul Woodward from Ology Brewing.


Conference Call Audio – April 22, 2020

Cristina Paredes from the Office of Economic Vitality (OEV), Leigh Davis from Leon County Parks and Recreation, Ashley Edwards from City of Tallahassee Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Affairs and Jeri Madden from Jeri’s Café.


Conference Call Audio – April 15, 2020

Featuring guest speakers Claudia Blackburn, Health Officer for the Florida Department of Health (DOH), Byron Burroughs of Proof Brewery, and Sue Dick from the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce. NOTE: The audio cuts out temporarily at the 43:00 minute mark but resumes at 44:45.


Conference Call Audio – April 8, 2020

Featuring Cristina Paredes the Director of the Office of Economic Vitality who shared an update on resources that are available to local businesses and Justo Cruz, owner of Tally Mac Shack and Ben Kaempfer of Register’s Meats who spoke about the success of the “sausage stimulus” campaign for local restaurants.


Conference Call Audio – March 31, 2020


Conference Call Audio – March 25, 2020


Conference Call Audio – March 19, 2020


COVID-19 Consumer Information Page

This page is dedicated to informing the public has been created and linked prominently on the homepage of

Stay Connected Through LinkedIn and our Industry Partners Facebook Group

Visit Tallahassee regularly shares important partner information on our LinkedIn page, our through our Visit Tallahassee Partners Facebook Group page. These resources are available for partners to communicate with us and each other.

Recommended Precautions: 

  • Clean your hands often
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Find more recommended precautions from the Centers for Disease Control here.


UPDATED August 28, 2020

Wonderful story on NBC’s Today Show about two Tallahassee business owners who found fame selling lemonade and fried Oreos! Click to play.




The Leon CARES Small Business Assistance Program provides financial support to qualifying small businesses located in Leon County (including businesses within the City of Tallahassee) to cover business expenses directly related to COVID-19, including business relaunch costs and COVID-19 safety costs. To learn more and apply today, visit  #LeonCARES

Blueprint Needs Your Input!

To keep pace with growth and improve the quality of stormwater flowing to Lake Jackson, upgrades to the area’s stormwater system are necessary. Improvements to the roadway network and electric transmission utilities are also needed. This infrastructure work creates an opportunity to enhance Sense of Place efforts already underway in the Market District. On this website, you will find the most current information about this project. Click here to weigh in on amenities at the Future Park!

Leon County Division of Tourism 2021 Grant Application Cycle is Now CLOSED

In its ongoing efforts to promote safe visitation to the area, the Leon County Division of Tourism grant program will financially assist events that support the local economy and implement CDC guidelines in accordance with Leon County’s Response and Reopening Plan.

Per the annual nature of this grant cycle, applications are in anticipation of better future conditions that would allow these events to occur. New to the grants program this year, the event must comply with allowable crowd size and public gathering regulations as outlined by state and local government and implement social distancing and hygiene practices consistent with CDC guidance. The applicant must also provide information on how the event will address safety and public health for all event staff, vendors and attendees.


Leon County Requires Face Coverings To Protect Public Health Starting June 25 at 12:01 am,

To mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and protect the public health of our community, Leon County approved an emergency ordinance requiring face coverings scheduled to begin Thursday, June 25 at 12:01 a.m. As confirmed cases of COVID-19 continue to rise locally and statewide, the ordinance states that an individual in a business establishment in Leon County must wear a face covering while in that business establishment. Click here for details.

100,000 Free Face Coverings for Businesses

Leon County Government, facilitated by Tallahassee-Leon County Office of Economic Vitality, will begin offering for pickup more than 100,000 free face coverings to businesses countywide. Starting July 7, free face coverings will be made available to businesses for pickup at:

  • Office of Economic Vitality
  • Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce
  • Big Bend Minority Chamber of Commerce
  • Capital City Chamber

More here:

The Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Disaster Assistance Grant Program for Small Businesses

Tallahassee Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) board unanimously approved a $250,000 disaster assistance program for economically distressed businesses within the Greater Frenchtown / Southside (GFS) CRA district to aid with impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications are now available online here.

It’s Not Too Much to Mask!

Small actions can slow the spread of #COVID19, such as wearing a cloth face covering in public spaces, keeping at least 6 feet of physical distance & frequently washing your hands. Last week, Leon County launched its It’s Not Too Much to Mask campaign to encourage the use of cloth face masks when going out.

Share a masked-up selfie on social media and include the reason why you wear a mask with the hashtag #MaskOnLeon. Together, we can stop the spread.

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 2 of the Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery Is Now In Effect

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has authorized a slow, phased reopening of local restaurants, museums and businesses. Download the Governor’s Phase Two re-opening plan HERE. 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.

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

Vacation Rentals: Open

Vacation rentals are permitted at this phase of Tallahassee/Leon County’s recovery plan. As approved by DBPR, Leon County’s Short-Term Vacation Rental Plan is now in effect. The County’s Short-Term Vacation Rental Plan and COVID-19 Response & Reopening Plan are available on the Leon County COVID-19 Information Portal. The Short-Term Vacation Rental Plan can be downloaded by clicking here.

Restaurants, Bars, Pubs: Open with Restrictions

Restaurants may offer outdoor seating with six feet between tables and indoor seating at 50% building capacity, excluding employees. Restaurants may allow bar-top seating with appropriate social distancing. Bar areas may be open with seated service. In addition, outdoor seating is permissible with appropriate social distancing. This does not apply to nightclubs.

As of June 26, Florida suspended on premises consumption of alcohol at standalone bars statewide. This does not impact restaurants that serve alcohol.

Follow our Curbside Brewery Tour for a sample of the Tallahassee breweries that offer curb-side pickup.

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

Nightclubs: Remain Closed

Local Parks & Greenways

  • OPEN: Greenways, trails, and dog parks.
  • CLOSED: Campgrounds, community centers, playgrounds, active recreation facilities.

To explore the County’s outdoor offerings, visit 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
  • 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

  • Retail establishments may operate at full capacity with responsible social distancing and sanitization protocols.
  • Gyms may operate at full capacity with appropriate social distancing and frequent sanitization.
  • Entertainment businesses, including but not limited to movie theaters, concert houses, auditoriums, playhouses, bowling alleys and arcades, may operate at 50 percent capacity with appropriate social distancing and sanitization protocols.
  • Personal services businesses, including but not limited to tattoo parlors, acupuncture establishments, tanning salons and massage establishments may operate while adhering to guidance from the Florida Department of Health.
  • Individuals over 65 or with underlying medical conditions are strongly encouraged to avoid crowds and take measures to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19.
  • All individuals that work in long-term care facilities should be tested for COVID-19 on a routine basis.
  • All persons in Florida are encouraged to avoid congregating in groups larger than 50.

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

Attractions and Museum Closures

Here is a list of area attractions and museums that are temporarily closed:

  • John G. Riley Center/Museum
  • 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 in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 in Florida, many are being rescheduled or held online. For a current list of events please visit our Events page.

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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