Information On COVID-19 & Travel
Greenwood CVB is actively and carefully monitoring travel conditions in coordination with the Center for Disease Control, U.S. Travel Association, Mississippi State Department of Health, and local officials regarding COVID-19.
This is a very challenging, uncertain time and we send the most compassionate and heartfelt greetings to our locals, visitors, hospitality employees, and your families. We hope everyone in our community is listening to the guidance of public health authorities and taking all the necessary precautions to keep themselves and their families safe.
Following the recommendations from our state tourism office, we have closed our visitor center to visitors at this time. You can find a box with visitor info outside our office at 225 Howard Street and as always, great information can be found on our website as well as through our social media channels.
All state welcome centers offices are closed as well, but restroom facilities remain open throughout the state.
While we heed the advice of federal, state, and local health officials on social distancing measures and group gatherings, we wanted to update you on the hospitality options that are available to you in Greenwood at this time.
Greenwood’s great selection of restaurants, hotels, and shops are open for business. At the same time, the safety and health of our community and guests will always be the top priority. For that reason, increased measures and more frequent disinfection procedures are in place throughout our hospitality community.
We are in direct communication and working with our local businesses, accommodations, and restaurants to make sure they are fulfilling these increased and strict hygiene and health practices. We are grateful to the numerous local restaurants and businesses that have stepped up to ensuring heightened best practices are in place. They greatly value their customers and are working to proudly serve you. In fact, many are looking at new avenues to more conveniently provide you with the goods and services you have grown to love from them!
Spring is here! It’s gorgeous outside, the grass is getting greener, and it’s getting warmer by the day. We know that many of you didn’t get to go on a planned trip or had to skip a big festival or event that was on your entertainment list for the week. We feel for you, trust us!
Greenwood outdoor activities
The good news is there is still much to do in our community while safely implementing social distancing practices. Our picturesque outdoor environment, including many of our public parks like the Yazoo River Trail and Rail Spike Park. There are miles of wide open Delta skies and green spaces you can take advantage of. Other ideas: Take a self-guided Help Tour. Explore Mississippi Blues Trail Markers in our area. See Greenwood Civil Rights sites. Hiking, biking, tennis, canoeing, fishing, boating, relaxing, listening to music, and picnicking on the Yazoo River bank with a good book from Turnrow Books or the Greenwood Public Library and great meal from one of our many restaurants are all excellent options that qualify as social distancing activities. Also, check out our murals around town, snap a pic and don’t forget to tag us using #travelgreenwood.
Greenwood Dining – (stay updated with closures here)
Being in the south, we all know the therapeutic value of “comfort food”! Delicious options are available both call-in and online ordering for take-out and curbside service, and some restaurants are offering delivery services, too. If your meal plans are covered and figured out today, consider purchasing gift cards or a meal for friends, elderly and shut-ins, family, or those in need. These are all great options to help support our local Greenwood business community while also bringing a little happiness to yourself and others! Something about mile-high meringue can really make you feel better about life!
Friends, families and guests, please use common sense, be kind to one another, and stay alert to the latest advisories from credible sources such as the CDC and Mississippi Department of Health. This is an evolving and heightened situation, and we understand there is cause for concern.
As you enjoy your families and loved ones during this temporary social distancing time, please consider ways in your daily or weekly habits to continue supporting local businesses, restaurants, and others.
Thank you all for being a vital and treasured part of our collective Greenwood community! We will get through this together. In the meantime, everyone stay healthy!
IT’S NEVER TOO EARLY TO PLAN YOUR NEXT TRIP
While travel may not currently be encouraged as we #flattenthecurve, it’s never too early to start planning your next Greenwood adventure when the time is right.
Looking for inspiration? Visit our Facebook or Instagram pages or one of our many blogs that show all the great leisure options in Greenwood! At this time, all attractions, restaurants, and dining options are open.
Also consider a membership to help sustain the Museum of the Mississippi Delta at this time. While not open to visitors now, your membership is good for an entire year!
The health and safety of our visitors and guests will always be of utmost priority, and we will keep you informed if any level of state or domestic travel restrictions are put into effect. As information becomes available to us, we will share it with you.
Below is a list of the latest information we have gathered.
MISSISSIPPI PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES
Additionally, all eight of Mississippi’s public universities are adjusting their class schedules after Spring Break. Students are being encouraged to stay home one additional week with the further potential to participate in classes remotely. More details for Mississippi Valley State University can be found here: https://www.mvsu.edu/coronavirus
We encourage everyone to follow the CDC’s travel and hygiene recommendations on COVID-19 at www.cdc.gov/travel.
- Wash hands often with soap and water. If not available, use hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid contact with people who are sick
- Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others
- Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing
RESOURCES FOR PARTNERS:
Many of our large accommodations receive guidance from corporate as to the proper sanitization and disinfecting protocol during times like this. For others, follow CDC guidance located here. Clean items including (but not limited to): door handles, telephones, toilets, light switches, remote controls, blowdryers, HVAC controls, faucet handles, and other surfaces frequently.
Restaurants may consider moving items touched by consumers to behind the counter. This keeps customers from touching multiple cups, coffee lids, straws, utensils, and other items and the potential spread of germs where multiple items are handled. By handing items to a customer, the spread of germs may decrease. Offering a new cup for a refill may be feasible.
- ServSafe’s Coronavirus Information
- National Restaurant’s Association
- ECOLab’s industry-specific information
- Download PDF for Restaurants, Hospitality, or Food & Beverage Industry
NATIONAL & STATE RESOURCES
The latest information from health experts regarding COVID-19 can be found on these websites:
- World Health Organization
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Mississippi State Department of Health
- U.S. Travel Association
MISSISSIPPI CORNOVIRUS HOTLINE
The Mississippi State Department of Health is now operating a hotline for convenient answers to questions about COVID-19 by phone. Mississippi Coronavirus Hotline (8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday): 877-978-6453
Note: This site is meant to serve as a general guide and is directly attributed to public health and CDC travel official sources. Individuals should use common sense when making decisions about travel and follow the available guidelines of these direct sources.