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Information on COVID-19 for Visitors

The Charlottesville Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau is closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) and paying particularly close attention to the latest updates from the Virginia Department of Health. Visitors are encouraged to always exercise healthy travel habits when traveling and to follow guidance issued by official sources of public health information.

In compliance with the phased plan outlined by Governor Northam, many businesses in Charlottesville--including restaurants, wineries and breweries--have reopened. Please wear a mask if you plan to visit an establishment that has reopened an indoor area, and check ahead of time for updated hours. Our part of Virginia has entered the third and final phase of the Forward Virginia reopening plan. This means:

  • Restaurants and beverage establishments may offer indoor and outdoor dining, so long as there is at least 6 feet of separation between tables.
  • Other indoor areas, such as performing arts venues, museums, and fitness centers can open at 50% occupancy or 250 persons, whichever is less. Outdoor entertainment venues 
  • The maximum number of individuals permitted at an indoor social gathering has increased from 50 to 250.

Phase Three of the Forward Virginia reopening plan, which allows for gatherings of up to 250 people, is set to begin July 1st. Outdoor entertainment venues will be able to open at 50% capacity, serving a maximum of 1,000 people. Face coverings will still be required in indoor public spaces.

We have reopened our two visitor centers located in downtown Charlottesville and Crozet. Operating hours are limited at both locations. The downtown visitor center is temporarily relocated to the event venue Old Metropolitan Hall located at 101 East Main Street on the Downtown Mall. The Albemarle Tourism and Adventure Center will continue its operations from the historic train depot in Crozet.

The downtown visitor center at Old Metropolitan Hall resumed operations on Thursday, June 25th and will be open Thursday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. for the next two weeks. The Albemarle Tourism and Adventure Center is set to resume operations on Saturday, June 27 and be open Saturday and Sunday for the next two weeks. Saturday hours will be 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday hours will be noon-5:00 p.m. We encourage you to call us at (434) 293-6789 with any questions you may have about Charlottesville or Albemarle County. We will respond to your call as soon as we are able, and thank you in advance for your patience.

Thomas Jefferson's Monticello has reopened.

The University of Virginia's classes have been moved online for the remainder of the semester. Final Exercises (graduation) have been rescheduled for May 28-30, 2021. The University of Virginia plans to start in-person classes in August.

Albemarle County beaches will remain closed throughout the summer due to staffing issues.

For a list of breweries, restaurants and wineries offering takeout and delivery services as well as indoor and outdoor dining at 50% capacity (as of Friday, May 15th), please click here.

If you have purchased a ticket through one of our visitor centers, please direct inquiries about ticket returns or refunds to, or call 1 800-594-8499.

This page will be updated as new information is available.

Last updated 7/1/2020 at 5:00 PM