Know Before You Go

“For the love” of Tennessee and the Great Smoky Mountains, we ask that you visit responsibly. The mountains are calling, and we are here to help you answer, safely. Governor Bill Lee has signed Executive Order 80, declaring the end of COVID-19 as a public health emergency in the state of Tennessee. However, while many regulations have expired, it can still be confusing at times to plan your vacation while adhering to local guidelines.

From the City of Gatlinburg, here is what you need to know: 

Am I Required to Wear a Mask? 
The Sevier County mask mandate officially expired on April 15, 2021, at 11:59 pm. This retired the regulation that visitors must wear masks in all public areas. 

Do Businesses require face coverings?
While there is not a state mandate in place, businesses in Sevier County can maintain Covid-19 restrictions and regulations at their discretion for the safety and well-being of their employees and guests. 

Are masks required on the Trolleys?
Yes, masks are still required when riding the public trolley transportation system in Gatlinburg. 

Are masks required in the National Park?
The National Park does not require masks when social distancing is available outdoors. However, masks are required when entering any Park building or institution, or when social distancing is not available. Heavily trafficked overlooks, trails, or inside historical homes located throughout the park are examples of this. For more information and updates, check here.

What’s Open?

Everything in Gatlinburg is open with the exceptions of Christ in the Smokies and World of Illusions which are closed permanently.

Does Gatlinburg have any upcoming events? Yes! There are many events planned for 2021 in Gatlinburg. Check here for updates and more information. 

Tips For A Safer Trip

Citizens, employees, and visitors are encouraged to continue following and abiding by appropriate protocols to promote personal health and safety. Here are a few ways to make a safer, healthier trip:

Maintain physical distance from other parties whenever possible. We encourage your group to stay together and maintain a physical distance of 6+ feet apart from others.

Wash your hands frequently. A good 20 second scrub with soap and water goes a long way to stop the spread of germs and COVID-19. Stay knowledgeable about COVID-19, how to avoid becoming ill, and preventing the spread of the virus to those around you. Some resources that provide reliable and helpful information about the virus are: Tennessee Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control