Spending summers at Smith Mountain Lake has been a popular pastime for many visitors to our area. With the recent outbreak of Covid-19, the travel and hospitality industry has seen a sharp decline in activity, and understandably so. The earlier months of the pandemic had many of us glued to our TVs and living rooms in search of information that could help us normalize our new surroundings. Now that restrictions have eased, Smith Mountain Lake residents and visitors are clamoring to get outside and enjoy the season.

This begs the question: is it safe to vacation at Smith Mountain Lake this summer? And while the answer is more complicated than a simple “yes” or “no,” visitors should know that the SML community has taken every precaution to keep our area as safe as possible.