In The Land, the holidays are the most wonderful time of the year. Expect over-the-top holiday decorating, ridiculously ugly sweaters, leg lamp displays, Christmas ale imbibing and, of course, light displays so bright that we’re sure they can be seen from space.
We encourage visitors to consult national and local health resources as they prepare for travel, including the CDC’s guide to travel in the U.S.
Anyone considering a visit to Cleveland should note:
When outside of the City of Cleveland, including in all other parts of Cuyahoga County, fully vaccinated people are not required to wear face coverings in public, per the latest guidance from the State of Ohio. Fully vaccinated refers to a person who is more than 2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series or one dose of a single-dose vaccine. Vaccinated individuals must wear masks on all planes, trains, buses and other forms of public transportation.
In accordance with the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, the State of Ohio says individuals living, working and traveling in the state, who are not fully vaccinated shall wear facial coverings when:
Current guidance from the State of Ohio allows for 25% maximum indoor capacity at venues with fixed seating, along with established distancing, masking and cleanliness protocols.
Currently, there is no limit on capacity for outdoor events in Ohio, if distancing, masking and cleanliness protocols are in place. However, the latest guidance states that, unless fully vaccinated, individuals in an outdoor setting should be in a group of no more than ten individuals, and groups should stay separated from other groups by at least six feet in all directions.
The latest guidance from the State of Ohio can be found here. Please note, the state order does not supersede, supplant, or preempt any order or law of a local jurisdiction, including the City of Cleveland’s mask mandate.
The Ohio Department of Health does not require a quarantine upon arrival in Ohio. ODH encourages travelers to carefully review Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance when considering travel.
Even as more individuals are vaccinated across the United States and in Ohio and testing availability continues to improve, travelers should still practice appropriate public health measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, such as wearing masks, practicing physical distancing, and washing your hands. Updated CDC guidance related to domestic travel during the COVID-19 pandemic can be found here.
Destination Cleveland is committed to working with our partners to help provide a safe environment for visitors to the region. We are confident that area businesses that are open are deploying the appropriate sanitation protocol and procedures to help limit the spread of communicable illnesses. We encourage everyone to follow the health and safety precautions issued by the CDC to limit the spread of communicable illnesses and to make informed decisions as they go about their daily routine.
We launched a CLEAN COMMITTED program to provide peace of mind to residents and visitors as they explore, in partnership with Cuyahoga County, the City of Cleveland, the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, Cleveland Clinic, The MetroHealth System and University Hospitals. Nearly 1,000 tourism and hospitality business owners have adopted a standard set of cleanliness practices. View a list of CLEAN COMMITTED businesses here.
Most organizations are also addressing the preventative measures they’ve instituted on their websites if you’re interested in learning more.
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.
Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) remains open and continues to receive arriving and departing passengers. The individual airlines continue to assess their operations, both domestically and internationally. The Airport has instituted measures to protect staff and travelers during this time, including increased cleaning and social distancing efforts. Additionally, per the City of Cleveland’s mask mandate as well as federal guidelines, facial coverings are required while inside the airport or while on an airplane.
Most hotel and lodging businesses are open and are implementing proactive strategies and following CDC guidelines to ensure the wellbeing of hotel guests. We are confident that area hotels and lodging businesses are deploying the appropriate sanitation protocol and procedures to help limit the spread of communicable illnesses.
Ohio’s Responsible RestartOhio program includes operating requirements and protocols to help limit the spread of the coronavirus and enhance the health and safety of employees, patrons and visitors. Please check with each business for opening status, hours and offerings. Many businesses also offer takeout and delivery options.
Ohio’s Responsible RestartOhio program includes operating requirements and protocols to help limit the spread of the coronavirus and enhance the health and safety of employees, patrons and visitors. Most business categories, including restaurants, attractions, casinos, shops and more, have safely reopened and are ready to welcome residents and visitors alike.
In late Feb. 2021, the State of Ohio announced opening guidelines for sporting and entertainment event venues, allowing 25% maximum indoor capacity combined with established distancing, masking and cleanliness protocols.
Currently, there is no limit on capacity for outdoor events in Ohio if distancing, masking and cleanliness protocols are in place. However, guidance from the State of Ohio states that, unless fully vaccinated, individuals in an outdoor setting should be in a group of no more than ten individuals, and groups should stay separated from other groups by at least six feet in all directions.
Greater Cleveland RTA (RTA) bus and rail lines are currently operating but with reduced service. Please visit RideRTA.com for up-to-date information.
Facial coverings are required when riding RTA under the federal mask mandate.
RTA has an enhanced cleaning protocol for all its buses, trains, paratransit and non-revenue vehicles, including ultra violet technology (UV-C).