COVID-19 Response

As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) begins to have an increased impact on the region, we feel it’s important to keep you updated on the steps we are taking to help keep you, our staff, our instructors, and our community safe and healthy. This page serves as an evolving guide to the Chastain Arts Center’s response to the virus and will include the most up-to-date information on the status of our programs and events.

Chastain’s Plan of Action

  • The Chastain Arts Center will be closed effective March 13th until March 31st. Due to the uncertainty of COVID-19, the City of Atlanta has closed all city facilities to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus.
  • The Chastain Arts Center will be closed until further notice.
  • We recognize and acknowledge the inconvenience these changes may cause. However, these decisions have been made out of concern for the health and well-being of our greater community.
  • We plan to work with teachers and students in the event that classes/workshops need to be postponed, or classes are missed. Our primary modes of communication for updates are via email ( and our website. We recommend all patrons check their email or visit our website.
  • During this uncertain time, gift certificates are a wonderful way to support the Chastain Arts Center, and for anyone to attend future classes/workshops, purchase clay, or purchase artwork in our gift shop or gallery. Please reach out to Alma ( for gift certificate purchases.

Coronavirus Updates

  • Governor Kemp signed Executive Order “April 30th at 11:59 PM, the statewide shelter in place order for most Georgians expired. However, moving forward, I am urging Georgians to continue to stay home whenever possible. I want to thank the people of our great state who heeded public health advice, afforded us time to bolster our healthcare infrastructure, and flattened the curve. We were successful in these efforts, but the fight is far from over.”“In accordance with our executive orders, businesses across the Peach State must continue to operate with strict social distancing and sanitation rules to keep customers and employees safe. Those rules vary by business type for a measured, health-driven approach.”
  • Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said she was creating an advisory board for reopening Atlanta                          “More than 19,000 Georgians have tested positive for COVID-19 and the numbers continue to increase. It is the Governor’s prerogative to make this decision for the state, but I will continue to urge Atlanta to stay at home, stay safe and make decisions based on the best interests of their families.”

How Can I Get Tested for COVID-19?

  • For Residents: How to get tested for COVID-19
    • If you have symptoms of COVID-19 and want to get tested, call your state or local health department or a medical provider. While supplies of these tests are increasing, it may still be difficult to find a place to get tested.Georgia Department of Health: 844-442-2681
      • Fulton County Board of Health: 404-613-8150
      • DeKalb County Board of Health : 404-294-3700, Press 1 for COVID-19 related matters. After hours, call 1-844-442-2681.
  • For Providers: How to request a test for your patient
    • The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) uses a new online testing request system to streamline COVID-19 testing. Due to testing capacity, DPH is only able to test patients meeting certain criteria. Testing for patients with mild respiratory illness should be performed through a commercial laboratory.
  • Drive-Thru Testing
    • Federal and State officials have partnered with CVS Health to open a new rapid COVID-19 drive-thru testing center on the campus of Georgia Tech. Testing is offered at no-cost and administered by health care providers, including nurse practitioners and physician assistants from CVS MinuteClinic. The process will take approximately 30 minutes from specimen collection to delivery of results, and patients need to pre-register in advance for an appointment.

To learn more about test site locations, hours and registration requirements, please visit


Experts have been working hard to understand this new strain of coronavirus. Because new information is coming out every day, please visit the sites below to stay up to date and informed.

The Centers for Disease Control provides updates on the virus and safety information for the public and healthcare professionals.

Georgia Department of Health provides updates on the disease’s spread within the state, as well as frequently asked questions available here.

Please read about the President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America – 15 Days to Slow the Spread

On behalf of the entire Chastain Arts Center team, we appreciate everyone being flexible and continuing to work together with us and we thank you for choosing our arts organization to support. 

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Stay Safe & Stay Well.

We look forward to seeing you all soon.