Travel Update: Mask advisory in effect in Cuyahoga County. Some venues, events & businesses requiring proof of vaccination/negative COVID-19 test. Learn More
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9/22/2021 2:00 PM
As the coronavirus continues to challenge communities across the country, the health and safety of our visitors and residents remains a top priority. Destination Cleveland is working with our local tourism and hospitality industries to address the challenges faced and preserve the Cleveland experience.
As of Sept. 15, 2021, Cuyahoga County and the Cuyahoga County Board of Health have issued a mask advisory, urging individuals to wear a mask in public indoor settings, regardless of vaccination status. The County recommendation follows updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advising all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, to wear a mask when indoors and near others in areas of substantial or high transmission. According to CDC data, Cuyahoga County is currently considered an area of “high transmission.”
While all State of Ohio COVID-19 health orders have expired, some venues, events and businesses may require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test for admission. Visitors are encouraged to confirm any safety measures that may be in place at specific locations or events prior to their trip. For more information on the status of COVID-19 in Ohio, including current infection and vaccination rates, visit the Ohio Department of Health website.
As businesses continue to reopen, we look forward to welcoming you, the traveling public, to Cleveland. When you are ready to explore, we hope you find inspiration on our website and consult our trip planning tools and the CLE Concierge team to help you prepare for your visit.
Destination Cleveland’s CLEAN COMMITTED program, launched in partnership with Cuyahoga County, the City of Cleveland, the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, Cleveland Clinic, The MetroHealth System and University Hospitals, aims to provide peace of mind to both residents and visitors as you explore our region. More than 1,000 tourism and hospitality businesses have pledged to take steps that prioritize health and safety. Find a list of CLEAN COMMITTED businesses here.
Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) is open, though travelers may encounter limited concessions. The Airport has instituted measures to protect staff and travelers, including increased cleaning and social distancing efforts. Federal guidelines require passengers to wear masks while on an airplane, bus, train or other form of public transportation and at transportation hubs such as airports and stations, including Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.
Currently, any visitors or residents traveling to Cleveland from a foreign country via airplane, including U.S. citizens and fully vaccinated people, must get tested for COVID-19 no more than 3 days before their flight departs and must present the negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight. Visit the CDC website for more information about international travel guidelines.
The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) bus and rail lines are running with full schedules and operations. Please visit RideRTA.com for bus and train schedules. Facial coverings are required when riding RTA under the federal mask mandate. Masks are also required for passengers using ride-sharing platforms like Lyft and Uber.
While there are currently no restrictions or quarantine requirements when traveling to Ohio from within the United States, it is recommended that all visitors consult the Centers for Disease Control and Ohio Department of Health for relevant travel updates.
As of June 2, 2021, indoor and outdoor dining is permitted at 100% capacity throughout the State of Ohio. Restaurant owners may choose to operate at reduced capacity or under adjusted hours. Additionally, while there is currently no statewide mask mandate in effect, individual businesses may choose to require face coverings for customers or require customers show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test. Please check with each business for opening status, hours and any safety measures that may be in place.
Most hotel and lodging businesses are open and have implemented enhanced health and safety standards to ensure the wellbeing of hotel guests and staff. We are confident that area hotels and lodging businesses are taking the appropriate steps to limit the spread of communicable diseases and make sure you feel safe during your stay.
As of June 2, 2021, entertainment venues, sporting arenas, museums and attractions in the State of Ohio may operate at 100% capacity, both indoors and outdoors. Some may still be implementing additional safety practices, including requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test, as well as timed-entry ticketing. Visitors are encouraged to visit an individual business’ website to learn more about its operational guidelines.
In accordance with guidance from the CDC and the State of Ohio, guests are not required to wear facial coverings when visiting Cleveland Metroparks and Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Park officials still recommend that guests who are unvaccinated continue to wear facial coverings and practice social distancing while at Metroparks’ indoor locations. More information can be found on the Metroparks website.
Consistent with CDC recommendations, individuals who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks outdoors when unable to maintain six-foot distance from people outside of their household on all National Parks Service lands, including Cuyahoga Valley National Park. According to the NPS, masks are required for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, in crowded outdoor spaces and in all NPS buildings or facilities.
Many in-person events are returning to Cleveland in 2021. Please refer to our event calendar for status of ongoing and special events, which we are updating frequently. Please note that this list is not comprehensive of all events taking place in the Cleveland area. We also encourage visitors to consult the event or its organizer’s website/social accounts for the most up-to-date information and additional details, including COVID-19 vaccination or testing requirements for specific events.
The Cleveland Visitors Center at 334 Euclid Ave. is open to welcome and assist travelers and residents. Service is provided through a walk-up window to ensure visitor, resident and employee safety. The Visitors Center is staffed Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am-6 pm.
The CLE Concierge team is also available to answer visitor and resident inquiries by phone (216-875-6680), e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org), and online chat every day except Sunday.