Safe Travel Information
The health and safety of our visitors is of primary importance to the Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau. Our goal is to assure you that, when you’re ready to visit the area, you can do so with confidence. We’ve searched information to answer questions many visitors are asking during this time of testing the waters and have assembled it here for you. Hotels and attractions throughout greater Birmingham have implemented new and enhanced procedures to safeguard guests. Please visit our Where to Stay page for updated information on accommodation sanitation policies.
Being a safe and responsible traveler has never been more important. Currently, Alabama has extended the statewide mask ordinance, which requires that a mask or other face covering be worn when in public and in close contact with each other. Each person must wear a mask or other facial covering over the nostrils and mouth at all times when within six feet of a person from another household in any of the following places: an indoor space open to the general public; a vehicle operated by a transportation service; or an outdoor public space where ten or more people are gathered. Social distancing is required. Please remain six feet away from those not in your traveling party at all times. You can read the statewide ordinance here. The order is currently in place and extends to April 9, 2021. Check out the message from the Alabama Tourism Department right here.
The city of Birmingham is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Text BHMCOVID to 888777 to receive alerts. Find additional Birmingham city updates here. Our renowned local restaurants have implemented various schedules with some offering pick-up service only, while others offer in-house dining with social distancing. A complete list of Birmingham restaurants and their revised hours of operation, dining policies, and procedures can be found here.
Before visiting the Birmingham area, we recommend confirming all reservations, especially if you made them in advance of the pandemic. This applies to hotels, restaurants, and attractions, as businesses are reopening at different paces with different guidelines for their guests.
If you arriving by plane, you can get the latest COVID-19 information and updates from the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport. A message from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is available here.
Our area hotels are open and ready to accommodate you during your visit to the greater Birmingham area. Visit the Stay Safe policies from our hotel partners:
A helpful health and safety guidance article from U.S. Travel can be found here.
Enjoy the Outdoors
We all need a change of scenery, and we have many options for outdoor activities in the greater Birmingham area. Check out suggestions on our Top 7 Activities to Safely Enjoy in Birmingham Right Now blog. A more comprehensive list of Outdoor Activities can help you plan your day. Please be aware of your surroundings. If an area looks crowded, please find an alternative location.
The greater Birmingham area is home to some of the country’s finest public golf courses. Check out our list of Public Golf Courses in the Birmingham area.
Downtown Walking Tour
Birmingham is a lively center for arts, entertainment, dining, and shopping. We also have a rich history of industry and a prominent role in America’s Civil Rights Movement. Enjoy a walking tour of four key areas of the city and learn some architectural and contemporary history along the way. Take a look at the Walking Tour Guide.
It’s nice to have you in Birmingham. If you have questions or concerns, please contact our office. Travel safely, abide by the guidelines, and enjoy your visit!
Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau
950 22nd Street North, Suite 550 | Birmingham, Alabama 35203
(205) 458-8000 | inbirmingham.com