What you should know about traveling to the Southeast during COVID-19

We’ve rounded up the current guidelines with reliable sources for major cities across the U.S. in this blog series.

Whether you’re planning a vacation or you just want to know what’s going on in our top destinations in the United States, this is a great resource for you to follow along!

Five different Southeast cities and how each of them are currently handling Covid-19 restrictions.

In part one of this blog series we visited the Midwest. This time we’re headed down the Mississippi River to explore 5 Southeastern cities in the United States and how each of them are currently handling Covid-19 restrictions.


Atlanta, also known as The Big Peach (among many other nicknames), is currently in Phase 1 .  The Mayor has decided to move back to Phase 1 as a precaution due to Covid-19 cases rising in the state.  Restaurants are moving back to curbside services but Atlanta has the largest “drive- in” restaurant in the country!  The Varsity sits on 2 acres of land and has been serving Atlanta for 75 years.  Before the pandemic, the Varsity served over 30,000 people for each Georgia Tech home game! Things are a little different now but football fans are still celebrating the season safely. Georgia Tech has a handy Self-Check List for monitoring yourself for Covid-19 symptoms.  Number 1 on the list…temperature checks.


Charlotte or the Queen’s City is currently in Phase 3, which means everything is open with capacity limitations. Businesses and schools have added safety measures to keep the community safe. The North Carolina Department of Health is launching a pilot program to deploy COVID-19 test kits to K-12 public schools. Grocery stores have implemented temperature checks for their employees to help prevent potential spread. Charlotte has plenty of outdoor activities for you to vacation safely. Use this trail guide to plan an adventure!


Louisville: home of Muhammad Ali, Louisville Slugger, and The Kentucky Derby.  Louisville is following the COVID-19 restrictions put in place by Governor Andy Beshear which includes no indoor dining. Louisville is known for its delicious Kentucky Fried Chicken, so if you are planning to visit you can grab some fried chicken to go from some of these top spots who are offering pick up, curbside, and even delivery. The state of Kentucky is working to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by implementing a Healthy At Work program. This program has specific requirements for workers including temperature checks. The city boasts many attractions for visitors and you can view a comprehensive list of their safety measures and availability before making your travel plans. From private bourbon tours to Dinosaur World, there’s something for everyone- even now.


Nashville, Music City!  Nashville is currently in Phase 3.  Retail and other commercial businesses are open at 75% occupancy. Restaurants and bars are open at 50% occupancy.  Nashville is requiring that all businesses screen all employees daily with temperature checks for an added layer of safety. While Nashville’s music scene looks a little different these days, you can still enjoy it during limited hours with no dancing. So… if you like to “chair dance” here is a list of Nashville music venues.

New Orleans

New Orleans: The Big Easy!  New Orleans is currently in Phase 2.  Restaurants and bars are open with limited capacity. If you visit New Orleans, make sure you indulge in the delicious Cajun and Creole cuisines. Make a reservation because tables are limited under the current guidelines. If you prefer to dine outside, try this list of restaurants with outdoor seating and patio areas. New Orleans, like all of the other cities in this roundup, requires businesses to pre-screen employees for COVID-19 symptoms. While you cannot listen to music indoors right now there are some creative venues offering outdoor concerts. Bacchanal Wine is an outdoor venue where you can listen to local musicians, enjoy great food, and sip on good wine.

The Southeast has a lot of flavor in their food, music, and even their sports teams. These five cities are working to keep their communities safe in various ways. One thing they all have in common is enforcing or encouraging symptom screenings for employees to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  

Remember, DigiThERM is here to help keep your community safe and your businesses open. Please contact us if we can help!