Monday, May 4, 2020

Jekyll Island clarifies reopening phase-in

Posted By on Mon, May 4, 2020 at 4:48 PM

As the original shelter-in-place Executive Order is lifted for the state of Georgia, "visitation is anticipated to increase in coastal communities, including Jekyll Island," a Jekyll Island Authority spokesperson said in a statement today.

"The health and safety of residents, and those who work on or visit the island, is a top priority for the Jekyll Island Authority (JIA) which will focus on a ‘rolling reopening’ of facility operations to ensure this," they report.

Hotels and the Jekyll Island campground will all be maintaining a 75% occupancy cap for the next several weeks.


Some amenities began to reopen this past weekend (May 2) under limited operations and reduced occupancy. Others, including Mosaic, Jekyll Island Museum and the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, will not open until later in the month, at a reduced occupancy.

An opening date for Summer Waves and island playgrounds has not yet been set.

The Jekyll Island Convention Center will welcome its first returning group in June within CDC guidelines, and the JIA does not anticipate being fully operational with all facilities until at least this time.

All JIA staff that have contact with guests will be required to wear assigned masks and will be reminded of proper hygiene.


All JIA-operated facilities, hotel and campground properties, and many island restaurants and businesses, will be displaying signage that outlines what guests can expect from these facilities while on the island.

Jekyll Island beach facilities, including beach pavilions, picnic areas and beach restrooms, will continue to remain closed alongside the Department of Natural Resources extended Administrative Order through Wednesday, May 6.

The Order prohibits the use of chairs, coolers, tents and umbrellas, groups over 10 people, and requires that all people must be at least 6 feet apart unless under the same household. Georgia State Patrol continues to lead enforcement, with assistance from Jekyll Island Park Rangers.

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