COVID-19 Travel Alerts and Information
The safety of visitors to Columbus is the city’s highest priority. The spread of the Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus has increased significantly over the past few weeks, and Experience Columbus advises all visitors and residents to follow CDC and Columbus Public Health guidelines. Mayor Andrew J. Ginther signed an executive order on Friday, Sept. 10, declaring a State of Emergency in the City of Columbus and requiring that face masks be worn by individuals age 6 and older while in indoor spaces accessible to the public, regardless of vaccination status. The order will remain in place until the State of Emergency no longer exists and the Proclamation is lifted. For further details, view the official ordinance here.
Experience Columbus and partner businesses continue to expand adoption of the Live Forward Pledge and GBAC STAR™ Accreditation to provide confidence and trust that safety guidelines are being followed.
Updates on CDC and Columbus Public Health guidelines can be found here:
- Face coverings are required be worn by individuals age 6 and older while in indoor spaces accessible to the public, regardless of vaccination status
- Indoor spaces include but are not limited to city buildings, office buildings, retail establishments, bars and restaurants and public transportation
- Exemptions to the order include those younger than 6 years of age; individuals with medical or behavioral conditions that preclude them from wearing a face covering; and anyone actively eating and drinking, engaged in sports and recreational activities, and giving a speech or performance before a live audience
- Facilities owned and operated by the State of Ohio or by the federal government may have their own regulations and mandates regarding face coverings and COVID-19
- Check for requirements before visiting a business and look for signs on storefront windows with restrictions and requirements.
- If you're visiting for a conference, meeting or convention, please make sure you know the regulations of the conference or event. The Greater Columbus Convention Center is requiring face coverings to follow the City of Columbus mandate
- View the Greater Columbus Convention Center's reactivation strategy
- Physical distancing is still encouraged
- Most indoor and outdoor event venues, restaurants and businesses are back to operating at full capacity. Reservations at restaurants are still highly encouraged.
- Some businesses may still be temporarily closed, have limited hours or capacity limits in place. Please check each venue or restaurant before visiting.
- Masking up and following local mandates regarding COVID-19 is a great way to slow the spread of the virus while still supporting Columbus businesses and our community
COVID-19 Testing for Events and Meetings:
If you're looking for peace of mind for show organizers and registrants, Safe Expo offers pre-event, onsite and post-event health monitoring services. See the list of offerings here.
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