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Planning a Trip to Durham?

Here are some COVID-19 considerations to keep in mind.

So, you’re thinking about visiting Durham in this new COVID-19 landscape. We get it; there’s a lot to consider – and here at Discover Durham, we're accountable to you. Here’s what we’d like you to know.

We’ve been at this for a while.

If it seems like we're 'bullish' about community safety, we mean it. Durham was one of the first destinations in the state to create stringent safety guidelines for our community to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Since the onset, businesses have been encouraged to voluntarily self-certify that their safety and sanitation practices meet public health best practices. If you're wondering specifically what COVID-19 looks like in Durham, Durham County Public Health has put together this dashboard for anyone to follow along with the numbers and break down statistics by ZIP code, demographics, or other designations.

The rules still apply.

At all times, Discover Durham urges both locals and visitors to continue following the 3 W's:

  • Wear fabric face coverings in public.
  • Wait six feet apart.
  • Wash your hands often.

Governor Cooper's latest order currently allows for:

  • A gathering size of 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors.
  • 100% capacity for museums, retail businesses and local parks.
  • 75% indoor and 100% outdoor capacity for restaurants, breweries, taprooms, and distilleries.
  • 50% indoors and 75% outdoor capacity for movie theaters and arcades.
  • 50% indoors and outdoor capacity for bars, live performance venues, stadiums, night clubs, and other event venues.

    Additional details and guidance from the state can be found here.

Back on the Bull

Do your part to help get Durham Back on the Bull.

As you frequent local businesses, you'll notice Back on the Bull signage in storefront windows. You can feel confident walking in, knowing that the business owners and managers are committed to public health precautions, having completed a checklist to be transparent with the safety measures they have implemented. A complete list of the 1,200+ participating businesses can be found here. Filter the list by business type to help plan your itinerary. By clicking on an individual business, you can view a complete list of health and safety measures they have adopted. Here is Discover Durham's outline, for you to know everything we're doing to keep guests safe at our Visitor Info Center. Hundreds of locals have also taken the Back on the Bull pledge, committing to getting vaccinated, wearing a mask, and supporting local businesses.

We’ve got you.

Above all else, we want you to know that we spend every day thinking of how to ensure your safety as you travel to and visit Durham. Some of our small businesses have chosen to open and implement more stringent requirements to keep themselves and their customers safe; some have chosen to remain closed. Those choices are made with the intent to protect and support both the community that lives here and ones that have yet to discover what makes us special. Please check directly with each local business prior to arriving to know what procedures are in place. We also encourage you to practice kindness and patience as many businesses are operating with smaller staffs during this time.

Our retailers and restaurants still welcome your online support if you stay safer at home. We’re also here for whatever you need; drop us a line if you have any questions or stop by in person at our Visitor Info Center located at 212 W. Main Street once you arrive.