COVID-19 Update

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Updated 08/12

Three W's

Mount Airy, NC, received great news on May 22, 2020, when N.C. Governor Roy Cooper moved the state into Phase 2 of his three-phased approach to lift restrictions and reopen the state for business. That allowed us to welcome visitors back to Mount Airy and Visit Mayberry!

There was a chance on August 7, 2020, that Gov. Cooper would move the state into Phase 3. However, he decided to keep North Carolina in Phase 2 for at least another five weeks. He also instituted a mandate on June 26 requiring people to wear face coverings when in public places (indoors or outdoors) where social distancing of at least 6 feet isn't possible. There are a few exceptions to the face mask mandate:

  • Masks are not required for people in the same household in public, if they are able to social distance 6 feet from others
  • Masks are not required for people with medical conditions and children under 11
  • Masks are not required for people who are walking outdoors, or otherwise exercising, and maintaining a social distance of 6 feet from others

In Mount Airy, many wineries, breweries, parks, attractions, restaurants, and accommodations have reopened or will do so in the near future. Tourism is a vital part of our economy and we hope people will consider a visit to our beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Like other NC destinations, we ask visitors to practice safety measures when in public spaces, including the Three Ws: wait six feet apart, wash your hands frequently for 20 seconds (or use hand sanitizer), and wear a cloth face covering. Also, refrain from venturing into public places if experiencing a fever or signs of illness.

The visitor experience may be a bit different from place to place. Each winery, attraction, and business has implemented protocols to provide a positive guest experience while being mindful of employee safety and overall public health. Please be patient. These protocols require an extra bit of effort by both employees and guests.

If you are not yet comfortable returning to travel, feel free to use this website as a guide for ideas or trips in the future.

For reference, some notable hour changes:

Visitors Center is open Monday through Friday 10 am-3 pm

Squad Car Tours are running 7 days a week

Wally’s Service Station and Mayberry Courthouse is open 7 days a week.

Snappy Lunch is open Monday-Saturday.

The Andy Griffith Museum, Siamese Twins Exhibit, and Old-Time Music Heritage Hall are open 7 days a week.

Mayberry Spirits is open on Fridays & Saturdays from 12 pm until 6 pm with tours at 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm & 4:30 pm. Space is limited so reservations are recommended.

Good Time Trolley Tours are offered on Fridays & Saturdays at 10am and 2pm.

Come ready for a #leisurely walk down Main Street, great “take out” meals, beautiful gardens, views of the Blue Ridge – and Pilot Mountain, and more. Bring your mask and stay healthy with us! We’re ready to welcome you back.

#getoutside and #enjoylife #museumfun in #mountairync


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