COVID-19 Travel Update

The Jekyll Island Authority is actively monitoring developments and information surrounding COVID-19’s (coronavirus) potential impact on travel to and around Jekyll Island, as the health and safety of our residents and visitors is a top priority. We are continuously monitoring and participating in communications provided by Georgia state health and government officials to ensure any necessary precautions are taken.

Impact on Travel to Jekyll Island

We continue to work closely with our state industry partners to ensure that visitors have the most up-to-date information in order to make the safest travel planning decisions. Effective through April 30, 2020 at 11:50 p.m., the following Executive Orders have been implemented:

Executive Order 2020-3: Short-Term Rentals, Extension of Existing Orders

Effective immediately, following precautionary recommendations regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) from the CDC and our Glynn County Board of Commissioners, the Jekyll Island Authority has issued a new Executive Order with restrictions concerning the following:

    1. Restrictions on Short-Term Rentals
      • The rental and/or occupancy of Commercial Lodging Establishments for a period of more than two consecutive nights shall be prohibited until April 30, 2020, at 11:59 P.M. Exceptions apply.
      • Commercial Lodging Establishments shall not accept new reservations or accept new guests, renters, or occupants for the period beginning immediately upon adoption of this Order and ending on April 30, 2020 at 11:59 P.M. for more than two consecutive nights. Exceptions apply.
      • Jekyll Island Campground is not subject to this Order.
    2. Prior Executive Orders extended to April 30, 2020
      • Executive Orders 2020-1, closing all beaches on Jekyll Island, and 2020-2, prohibiting community gatherings and restaurant dine-in seating and addressing other matters, shall remain in full force and effect and are extended until April 30, 2020, at 11:59 p.m., unless modified, renewed, or earlier terminated by the Executive Director.

Additional provisions, exceptions, and definitions can be viewed in the full Executive Order. The Order shall expire April 30, 2020, at 11:59 p.m., unless it is modified, renewed, or terminated earlier.

Download PDF: Executive Order 2020-3
Download PDF: Executive Order 2020-2
Download PDF: Executive Order 2020-1

Facility Closures

Following precautionary recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and Glynn County officials, the Jekyll Island Authority (JIA) will be closing the following amenities and programming to the public, until further notice:

  • Mosaic, Jekyll Island Museum and Historic District facilities, programming and tours
  • Faith Chapel
  • Jekyll Island Convention Center
  • Georgia Sea Turtle Center Gallery and Viewing Pavilion
    • Injured sea turtles can still be reported by calling: 912-264-7218 or 1-800-2SAVEME (800-272-8363)
  • Playground at 100 Great Dunes Lane
  • Campground Pavilion
  • Beach Pavilions, including Great Dunes Beach Park Deck

All other public facilities and JIA-owned amenities will continue to operate under normal business hours.

Restaurant, Hotel & Business Operation Changes & Closures

  • 4-H Tidelands Nature Center
    • 4-H Tidelands Nature Center will be closed March 16 through Monday, April 7.
    • Updates will be provided as additional information becomes available from the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension.
  • Ameris Bank Jekyll Island
    • As of Friday, March 20, lobby services will be closed until further notice. Business operational hours remain Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Jekyll Island location will continue offering deposit services through the night depository and check cashing services can be utilized at the Brunswick, St. Mary’s and St. Simons Island location drive-thru lanes only.
    • Customers who need immediate access to cash are encouraged to utilize the ATM located outside of the Jekyll Island branch. Business customers needing currency or coin orders should call 912-635-6539. Customers may also call this number to make an appointment to conduct business requiring physical access to the facility. Additionally, customers can access their accounts through Mobile, On-Line Banking, and the ATM.
    • Please visit amerisbank.com/CoronavirusPreparedness for ongoing operational updates about this location.
  • The Commissary
  • Driftwood Bistro
    • Effective March 25, Driftwood Bistro will be closed until further notice.
  • Fuse Jekyll Island
    • Effective March 27, Fuse Frozen Yogurt will be closed until further notice.
  • The Emerald Princess Casino
    • Effective March 23, the Emerald Princess Casino will be closed for two weeks or until further notice.
  • Georgia 4-H at Camp Jekyll
    • Georgia 4-H at Camp Jekyll will be closed March 16 through Monday, April 7.
    • Updates will be provided as additional information becomes available from the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension.
  • Holiday Inn Resort Jekyll Island Properties
    • As of Thursday, March 19, Beach House will continue to operate under its winter hours for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays and 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weeknights. The restaurant will only be offering takeout and curbside pickup. On-site dining is not available at this time.
    • The Anchor is closed until further notice.
    • Please visit holidayinnresortjekyll.com/dining for ongoing operational updates about these locations.
  • Jekyll Fishing Center
    • Effective March 26, the Jekyll Fishing Center will be closed until further notice.
  • Jekyll Island Club Resort Properties
    • The Jekyll Island Club Resort, encompassing the Jekyll Island Club and the Jekyll Ocean Club properties, including all restaurants and bike rental facilities, will be closed to the public beginning noon on Wednesday, March 25 through Thursday, April 30. At this time, the properties are scheduled to reopen to the public beginning May 1.
    • For more information on closures and impacts on reservations at the Jekyll Island Club Resort, visit jekyllclub.com.
  • Jekyll Island Seafood Company
    • Effective March 25, Jekyll Island Seafood Company will be closed until further notice.
  • Remember When
    • Remember When Gift Shop will be closed until further notice.
  • Tortuga Jack’s Jekyll Island
    • Tortuga Jack’s Jekyll Island location will be closed until further notice.
  • The Westin Jekyll Island Properties
    • The Westin Jekyll Island will be suspending all daily operations beginning Thursday, March 26 through Thursday, April 30. These dates are subject to change due to the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, and the property will reopen once it feels it can guarantee the safety of associates and guests.
    • For more information on closures and impacts on reservations at The Westin, please visit bit.ly/2w5Cith.

At this time, all other hotels and businesses deemed essential to the island remain open to the public. Please contact the individual property for details on any changes in operations.

Event Cancellations

Out of an abundance of caution, the following JIA-operated events have been canceled on Jekyll Island:

  • Georgia Sea Turtle Center Shell-e-Brate – April 9-10, 2020
  • Mosaic Spring Bash – April 9-10, 2020
  • Jekyll Island Book Festival – April 11, 2020

Public Meetings

Following recent decisions made by Glynn County officials and the office of Governor Brian Kemp regarding outside meetings, all Jekyll Island Authority public meetings and briefings have been canceled, including:

  • Glynn County, City of Brunswick & JIA Joint Meeting – Tuesday, March 17, 2020
  • Jekyll Island Authority Board of Directors Meeting – Tuesday, March 17, 2020
  • Golf Course Master Plan Public Input Session – Tuesday, March 17, 2020
  • Town Hall Meeting – Thursday, March 26, 2020

All meetings will be rescheduled and announced at a later date.

As the situation continues to evolve, we encourage our visitors traveling to the area to follow the most up-to-date information and guidance offered by trusted sources including the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)Georgia Department of Health, and your local county authorities.

Increased Precautionary Hygiene Protocols

We are taking a number of stringent precautionary measures to ensure the safety and well-being of those living, visiting and working on the island and have increased many of our operational protocols including:

  • Increased hand-sanitizing stations and pumps at all authority-operated gift shops and amenities, including the Jekyll Island Guest Information Center and Jekyll Island Convention Center
  • Partnering with EcoLab to have hospital-grade disinfectants available for use in all JIA restroom facilities as well as increased maintenance and service frequency of our public restroom facilities including a secondary sanitizing step in the service protocol
  • Requiring Jekyll Island Authority employees with illnesses including flu-like symptoms to stay home and seek medical attention
  • Encouraging increased frequency of handwashing and sanitation efforts by all Jekyll Island Authority employees
  • Increased sanitation of public surfaces including countertops, doorknobs and other areas throughout our facilities that frequently come into contact with the public
  • Providing additional travel-size hand sanitizer products for purchase at our gift shops and retail locations

Travel Preparedness for our Visitors

As you plan and embark on your travel to Jekyll Island, it is important to implement best practices and judgment to prevent the spread of illness to others. To exercise caution, please follow the CDC’s recommendations for travel:

  • Practice social distancing; keeping a space of 6 ft. between you and others.
  • If you are feeling ill or have prolonged symptoms of illness, do not travel and seek guidance from a health care professional.
  • Those with compromised immune systems or of an elderly age should avoid travel or participation in public events to prevent the risk of illness.
  • Follow the department of public health’s preventative measures for illness: dph.georgia.gov/novelcoronavirus

The Jekyll Island Authority will continue to monitor and communicate updates as travel restrictions and recommendations change.

 

Updated Monday, March 31, 2020, at 5:51 p.m.