One by one, Vicksburg tourist attractions are closing in response to COVID-19 guidance from the Mississippi State Department of Health.
The Old Courthouse Museum locked its gates this morning until at least the end of this week. At this writing, other museums in town remain open, but visitors may want to call ahead and confirm if they’re planning a visit.
Mississippi Riverboats are canceling their trips and therefore, their stops in Vicksburg, said Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Director Laura Beth Strickland.
“American Cruise Lines has canceled through April 4 and American Queen Steamboat Company has canceled through April 12,” she said. “That’s 32 (boats) for American Cruise Lines and eight for American Queen. That’s 40 stops we won’t be getting in Vicksburg.”
Strickland went on to say that the riverboats are always a big economic boost to the city when they’re in town.
“This is definitely going to impact the community,” she said.
City, county and state visitor centers are also closed.
At this writing, the Vicksburg National Military Park and the casinos remain open.
Local restaurants and shops are adapting to the situation. Many are offering curbside pickups for folks who want to eat or shop, but don’t want to sit in a dining room or go into stores.
“They’ll bring it out to you,” Strickland said.
“Try to remember your local businesses as we try to navigate through this,” she added.
“We all have to work together.”
For more information, visit https://visitvicksburg.com/healthy-travel-info.