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Tourism Safety Information

Beginning May 31, 2021 all restrictions pertaining to COVID-19 (except mask wearing) will be lifted. 

We at VisitErie cannot stress enough that we support responsible and safe travel. We encourage visitors planning business or leisure travel to our region to check ahead of time for available resources, reliable information and updates regarding COVID-19. Please refer to our individual partners’ websites for current status and hours available. Download the COVID Alert PA app.  

Remember:  Wear your mask, wash your hands and practice social distancing

 

Pennsylvania COVID-19 Resources.  Learn more


 

 

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Accommodations

Erie County is home to 45 lodging properties that provide visitors with a total of 4,500 sleeping rooms as well as various- sized meeting space at select properties. Our partner facilities have implemented standard cleanliness protocols that will be maintained or expanded once tourism begins to move back toward normal expectations.


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Outdoor Recreation & Presque Isle State Park

Fresh air, open spaces and miles of lake shore are what Erie is known for!  Fish Lake Erie and it's creeks, tributaries and streams, explore our museums, take a mural arts tour, discover the Lake Erie Wine Trail and the Lake Erie Ale Trail and so much more!  Don't forget: Presque Isle State Park is open year-round with miles of trails to explore in addition to fishing, birding, biking or taking a leisurely drive to admire the Park's beautiful fall foliage.  All of our partner businesses are following social distancing guidelines with safety protocols in place.

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Attractions/Retail

Erie County’s attractions and retail shops are important components of our tourism industry and much like everyone else, they have seen a shift in how they operate.  Common practices are being taken by all attractions and retailers to ensure the safety of Erie residents and visitors alike. Maintaining social distancing guidelines, appointment-only hours and limiting the number of guests allowed inside at one time are just a few precautions. If you have questions about a business and their hours of operation, please check with them individually before you go. Support local/shop local! 

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Restaurants/Wineries/Breweries/Distilleries

Most restaurants in Erie County are open and offer take-out, curb-side pick-up and/or delivery and are seating people inside at 50% capacity. VisitErie partners in the eat/drink sector have enacted several protocols in an effort to ensure a safe environment for their employees and quality food service for their customers.

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Facilities – Meetings/Conventions/Sporting Events

Erie’s facilities have taken proper precautions to clean and sanitize while closed, and are implementing necessary precautions. Premiere facilities will continue to enforce social distancing at all properties with an increased focus on sanitation and reducing congestion.

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Erie Sports Commission

As sports make their return to Erie County, safety is the top priority. The Erie Sports Commission (a division of VisitErie) is committed to ensuring that partner sporting events follow PA and Erie County guidelines for safety, so that we can all continue to play. The Erie Sports Commission is here to ensure that everyone involved in sporting events feels comfortable competing, and that proper precautions are taken. 

Game Plan for Safety

Erie County Tourism Recovery Task Force

Back in early 2020, VisitErie, Erie’s primary tourism promotion agency, formed the Erie County Tourism Recovery Task Force.  This Task Force developed and communicated a report outlining implemented, planned and suggested protocols for the safe reopening of Erie County hospitality businesses. Through this collaborative effort, VisitErie’s goal is to assist in the reopening of the industry in accordance with government regulations to best protect potential visitors and Erie County residents.

Read the 2020 Erie County Tourism Task Force Recovery Report >>

 

 If you have more specific questions or concerns regarding a specific hotel, restaurant, attraction or store, feel free to contact them directly or ask us

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When you have an opportunity to fly, give Erie a try - support your hometown airport!

Direct Daily Flights to Charlotte and Chicago.
Erie International Airport is serviced by American Airlines and United Airlines with daily flights to Charlotte and Chicago with connections across the country and around the world. Book your flight today at www.aa.com or www.united.com

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The Cove Bay-Side Restaurant & Tavern

Join us today! The Cove Bay-Side Restaurant & Tavern is sure to give you an unforgettable and care-free dining experience. Enjoy a nautical atmosphere with a beautiful view of Presque Isle Bay.

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Dobbins Landing

Located on the southeast shore of Lake Erie, the Port of Erie has been promoting industrial, commercial, and recreational opportunities on the waters of Lake Erie since 1959.

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U Pick 6 Craft Beer Pubs & Restaurants

Erie’s own local craft beer pubs are a must-visit! With 4 great locations, just pick one that’s convenient for you! A casual, family friendly dining experience with something for everyone! To view our menu, check out what’s on tap, or get to directions to our pubs, learn more now!”

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Outdoor Dining at the Bayfront Grille

The Bayfront Grille Restaurant at the Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel is excited to announce that our Bayside Patio is open for Lunch and Dinner. Please check Open Table for reservations or contact the restaurant directly at 814-454-2005.

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UPMC Hamot - See What Makes Us Different

UPMC Hamot is a 423-bed hospital in Erie, PA, offering a full complement of inpatient and outpatient services, and serves as a regional referral hub and Level II Trauma Center.

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John Russell Brewing Company Brew House & Restaurant

Local Craft Beer Brewery & Pub in Erie, PA! Featuring a large selection of craft beers, a wood-fired brick oven featuring fresh dough specialty pizzas & our open-view brewing environment makes for a unique experience! Reservations // Call 814.866.BEER (2337)
:: Full Menu, Wood-fired Brick Oven & Casual Pub Dining
:: Brewery & Craft Beer Pub
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:: Indoor & Outdoor Dining & Bar
:: Online Ordering & Takeout
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:: Conveniently located of I-90 on Peach Street

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Millcreek Mall

The Millcreek Mall features more than 160 stores, restaurants, and fun for the whole family on Upper Peach Street, Erie’s most popular shopping district! Shopping in Erie means no sales tax on clothing or shoes. Choose from a variety of hotels located on the Mall property and just minutes away at the intersection of Peach Street and Interstate 90.

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Fall Harvest at Port Farms

Happy Fall Y’all! Celebrate 125 years of Port Farms during the Fall Harvest season from September 17th – October 30th. Grab your friends and family and enjoy a variety of fall themed activities for every age. With over 25 attractions here at the farms, our guests create long-lasting memories worth repeating. General admission includes hay wagon rides, 8-acre corn maze, slide mountain, ball zone, game garden, pedal carts, animal exhibits, mindbender mazes, trike track, tire fort and so much more! PLUS, this year we have added tons of new events that are included with admission! Learn more and purchase tickets: https://portfarms.simpletix.com

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Mazza Vineyards and the South Shore Wine Company

Local wine is great for holiday entertaining, plus it makes a great gift! Stop by to try (and pick up) award-winning wines at Mazza Vineyards and the historic South Shore Wine Company, both located in North East, PA.

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The Cork 1794

The Cork 1794 is the perfect spot for a date night or special occasion! Indoor and outside seating available with amazing food.

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