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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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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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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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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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Direct Daily Flights to Charlotte, Chicago, and Washington, D.C.

Erie International Airport is serviced by American Airlines and United Airlines with daily flights to Charlotte, Chicago, and Washington D.C. with connecting flights to the east coast, west coast, and international destinations. Book your flight today at or

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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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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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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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Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership

The Erie Regional Chamber is leading Erie’s economic evolution through awareness, advocacy, and access to the people, education, and information integral to elevating regional success and economic growth. Become a member today and join us in championing a vibrant and sustainable regional economy.

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Creation Station

The Creation Station is an unique arts and crafts studio where kids can create and have fun!
Book your birthday party, register for a ladies night out or stop in during open Craft days and choose a project from the project board.

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Holidays at Port Farms

Experience the holidays at Port Farms November 26th through December 23rd. The farm features horse-drawn carriage & sleigh rides, Santa's Workshop with holiday activities, surprise visits from Santa, live music, pick your own Christmas trees, holiday decor, and more. The farm will be open Wednesday - Sunday. Create lasting memories with your family and friends at Port Farms!

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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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Millcreek Mall

A destination for shopping, dining and entertainment.
Experience it all!

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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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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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