Resources for travelers during COVID-19
Updated May 28, 2020
This page will be regularly updated to provide Abingdon's visitors with information on business openings, as well as regulations for shopping, dining, entertainment and outdoor recreation. Always be sure to call ahead to individual businesses before traveling.
As of Friday May 29, 2020, Virginia will require face coverings in public indoor settings
From the Governor's press release: "A face covering includes anything that covers your nose and mouth, such as a mask, scarf, or bandana. Medical-grade masks and personal protective equipment should be reserved for health care professionals. Under the Governor’s executive order, any person age ten and older must wear a mask or face covering at all times while entering, exiting, traveling through, and spending time in the following public settings: [read the full press release]"
As of Friday May 15th, Virginia is operating under Executive Order 61, "Safer at Home."
From the Governor's press release: "Under Phase One, the Commonwealth will move to a Safer at Home strategy, which continues the ban on social gatherings of more than 10 people and maintains recommendations for social distancing, teleworking, and wearing face coverings. All businesses should make modifications to maintain six feet of physical distancing, increase cleaning and sanitization of high contact surfaces, and provide enhanced workplace safety measures." [read the full press release]
Dining in Abingdon
During Phase 1 of the "Forward Virginia" plan, restaurants may offer takeout and delivery, as well as outdoor seating at 50% capacity.
Please note: this list is an ever-evolving document. Please call the restaurant to confirm information.
Last year Abingdon was named the Best Small Town Food Scene in the country by USA Today's 10Best. If you have a special memory to share that involves Abingdon's restaurants, or a great customer service experience, or simply a photo of a delicious meal, please share them with us by using the hashtags #abingdoneats and #lovefromabingdonClick to open a pdf version (larger font)
The Virginia Creeper Trail
The Virginia Creeper Trail is open effective Tuesday, May 12 at 5:00 pm; however, facilities and services along the trail will remain closed. The Center for Disease Control’s guidelines related to social distancing will be required for use of the trail during the COVID-19 pandemic along with other steps aimed at protecting public health.Read the announcement
Know before you go: closures and changes to parks and recreation areas
We have compiled a list of the closures that we are aware of. This list is not meant to be comprehensive. Always "know before you go" and contact the attraction directly before leaving home.
The Channels Natural Area Preserve - Closed
From the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation: "Due to concerns over COVID-19 and the need for social distancing, The Channels Natural Area Preserve in Russell and Washington counties will be closed until at least June 10. This closure applies to: The parking area off Highway 80 in Hayters Gap, the trail leading to the rock formations, and the rock formations themselves.
If you plan to enjoy the outdoors, we urge you to do so responsibly. Stay close to home and in groups fewer than 10. Keep more than 6 feet away from others. If you're sick, stay home. We appreciate your cooperation. See this press release for more information"
Check the official DCR website for updates
Grayson Highlands State Park - Open, with limitations
The overnight backpackers lot is closed until further notice and reservations are not available at this time.
The park is open for day use, however, all Visitor Centers and some other facilities are closed.
Check the official DCR website for updates
General information for Virginia State Parks
Trails for hiking, biking and equestrian use
Picnic tables and grills (open for groups fewer than 10)
Opening for Memorial Day weekend
Campgrounds (except at Twin Lakes State Park, where the septic system is being repaired)
Camping cabins and yurts
Boat and bike rentals (will vary by park)
Chairlift at Natural Tunnel State Park (limited schedule)
Closed until further notice
Cabins and lodges
Ranger-led programs (self-guided programs are available)
Shuttle services (includes the shuttle at Natural Bridge State Park)