COVID-19 TRAVEL INDUSTRY RESOURCES
DO I HAVE TO WEAR A MASK IN COLUMBUS?
Yes, wearing a mask in Columbus is mandatory for anyone over the age of six in all public spaces where six-feet of social distancing cannot be maintained. Exemptions include people with medical or behavioral conditions, people exercising, people actively eating or drinking and those communicating with someone hearing impaired. Read the full ordinance here. Similar mandates exist across the entirety of Franklin County.
WHAT IS THE STATUS OF EVENTS IN COLUMBUS?
As Ohio slowly begins the process of reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic, mass gatherings (currently groups over 10) are still prohibited where social distancing is not possible. However, as of June 1, hotels, catering and banquet centers are allowed to reopen under similar guidelines as restaurants, which includes six feet distancing between tables. Currently, crowd size is capped at 300 where distancing allows. This means a facility can host as many events as it can safely social distance, as long as total number of guests do not exceed 300. Currently, all events must have a food and beverage component. For more, please guidelines from the Ohio Department of Health.
CAN I REBOOK MY EVENT IN COLUMBUS?
We would love to rebook you in our city for a future date. Please contact your sales manager to discuss availability for future meetings.
IS THE CONVENTION CENTER BEING USED AS A MEDICAL FACILITY?
The Greater Columbus Convention Center was converted into a 1,000-bed field hospital for potential overflow of COVID-19 patients, though the city never needed to activate the facility and the equipment has since been moved to storage in the event it's needed at a later time.
At the same time, the convention center is open, with businesses inside the center operational and meeting rooms being used in a new way for traffic and eviction court hearings.
WHERE CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION?