We have been receiving many questions from concerned citizens about what is going on in Gatlinburg, and what we are doing differently, in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak. Here is where we stand.
The mayors and city managers of Sevier County, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Pittman Center and Sevierville issued a joint press release asking all non-essential businesses to temporarily close, and most businesses are complying.
Most local attractions, including all of the ones owned by the Ripley company, have temporarily closed.
Many restaurants are still serving, but hours may be restricted and service is limited to carryout only.
The Great Smoky Mountains
Most lodging businesses remain open to serve existing customers while engaging in heavy cleaning and operating under strict safety protocols to protect guests and employees.
The Historic Gatlinburg Inn
The Historic Gatlinburg Inn takes the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) very seriously and has initiated a strict set of protocols to ensure the safety of our guests and employees. These include cleaning and disinfecting all guest rooms with commercial grade cleaning solution (bedding as well as any objects which are frequently touched, such as door handles and remote controls); the use of virucidal cleaner; additional cleaning of all public space areas and back of the house areas; and the placement of hand sanitation dispensers at various locations throughout the hotel. In addition, we are waiving individual cancellation fees up to 24 hours before a guest’s scheduled arrival through April 30.