Atlanta BeltLine General Statement on COVID-19

UPDATED April 7, 2020 at 3:46 p.m.

Trail data has shown a significant decline in usage since early March 2020, and we are grateful to the community for joining us to help #FlattenTheCurve.

In support of efforts to further ensure social distancing and the safety of Atlanta residents, City of Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has announced new trail usage guidelines for the Atlanta BeltLine.

With volume along the east side trail being lightest between 6-10 am, we are prioritizing access to the trail for older adults, people with disabilities, and those with compromised health conditions (asthma, respiratory conditions, etc.).

10 am – 2 pm is suggested for normal daily exercise, such as walking, running, cycling, etc. for those who do not have alternative access to trails or transportation.

After 2 pm, the trail should be used for only work and emergency-related travel.

COVID-19 New Guidelines: between 6-10 am, we are prioritizing access to the trail for older adults, people with disabilities, and those with compromised health conditions (asthma, respiratory conditions, etc.). 10 am – 2 pm is suggested for normal daily exercise, such as walking, running, cycling, etc. for those who do not have alternative access to trails or transportation. After 2 pm, the trail should be used for only work and emergency-related travel.

UPDATED March 30, 2020 at 10:40 a.m.

In support of Mayor Bottoms’ 14-day stay-at-home order for all Atlantans and President Trump’s decision to extend social distancing guidelines through the end of April, the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership has extended cancellation or postponement of all of its events and programming through at least Thursday, April 30. This includes all free fitness classes; weekly run club meetups; bus, bike and walking tours; and BeltLine volunteer events. The Atlanta BeltLine Center will remain closed to the public during this period. Additionally, we will be postponing the Washington Park Jamboree scheduled for Saturday, May 2 to an undetermined date in the future. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and post updates here as they are available.

UPDATED March 18, 2020 at 12:58 p.m.

The health and safety of our neighbors, program participants, volunteers and staff remains our top priority. In support of broader public health efforts to contain COVID-19 and protect our community, we have decided to close the Atlanta BeltLine Center during its normal public hours of Saturday and Sunday, 9 am – 6 pm until further notice.  If you choose to visit the Atlanta BeltLine, please try to visit at less busy times (like early in the morning) and follow the safety guidelines listed below.

UPDATED March 16, 2020 at 3:57 p.m.

With the Atlanta BeltLine transforming how millions of individuals are moving through our city and connecting with others each year, we want to share our gratitude and urge everyone to exercise precautionary measures to reduce the number of individuals that are exposed to and/or contract the Coronavirus. If you do plan to visit the Atlanta BeltLine, here are a few of the recommendations made by the CDC:

  1. Avoid any gatherings or clusters of large groups of people (50+) along the corridor.
  2. Adhere to 6-10 feet of distance between you and those you did not arrive or meet with.
  3. If you need to cough or sneeze, please step off of the corridor, face away from others, and use a tissue or the inside of your elbow to reduce the spray of germs.
  4. Wash your hands and apply hand sanitizer frequently.
  5. Keep all minors close to you, minimizing their touching of publicly accessed areas that may be contaminated, such as rails, signs, etc.
  6. Use disinfectant wipes on any shared/public transit mode (bikeshares, scooters, etc.)
  7. Stay hydrated by increasing your water intake and frequency.
  8. Use creative ways of greeting people (a simple “hello” from a distance, a smile, a headnod, etc.). Limit bodily contact with others.

The Center for Disease Control has been closely following this virus and has offered the following updates for large gatherings.

The health and safety of our neighbors, participants, volunteers and staff remains our top priority.  In support of broader public health efforts to contain COVID-19 and protect our community, the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership and Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. are suspending programming through the end of March. The confirmed cancellations at this time include:

While the Atlanta BeltLine itself remains open to the public at this time, we strongly encourage everyone to remain safely at home as much as possible during this period. If you choose to visit the Atlanta BeltLine, please try to visit at less busy times (like early in the morning) and follow the safety guidelines listed [below] in above.

We will continue to monitor news and updates about COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Georgia Department of Public Health, and City of Atlanta.  Based on this information, we will determine whether to update future events and programs and communicate any changes via our website, email, and social media platforms.

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    1. Hi, the Atlanta BeltLine doesn’t rent bikes, but there are a few bike rental providers along the various trails that should be found via a google search. Thank you!

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