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Tourism Re-Opening

Erie County will enter Pennsylvania's "Green Phase" of reopening on Friday June 26. So what does that mean? 
VisitErie wants to give you the most up-to-date information on the various safety precautions all of our partners are taking to make your visit with us safe and most of all, FUN!


Pennsylvania's Green Phase Social Distancing Guidelines
  • Gatherings of up to 250 are permitted.
  • Masks are required when entering a business.
  • Restaurants and bars may open at 50% occupancy.
  • Indoor recreation, health/wellness facilities, personal care services may open at 50% capacity.
  • All Entertainment (such as casinos, theaters, and shopping malls) may open at 50% occupancy.
  • All businesses must follow CDCand DOH guidance for social distancing and cleaning.
  • Monitor public health indicators, adjust orders and restrictions as necessary.


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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Presque Isle State Park/On the Water Activities

Fresh air, open spaces and miles of lake shore are what Erie is known for! The beaches at Presque Isle State Park are open and you'll find miles of trails to explore by bike or on foot. Erie is best known for its water so what better way to experience our destination than ON THE WATER?! From the sandy beaches of Presque Isle State Park and Lake Erie to our various streams and creeks, you'll find plenty of watery adventures! All are following social distancing guidelines with safety protocols in place.

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Erie County’s attractions are the cornerstone for 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 and limiting the number of guests allowed inside at one time are just a few precautions.

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Many restaurants in Erie County remained open throughout the stay-at-home order, offering curb-side pick-up and delivery. Most now offer outside dining options and upon entering the green phase of operation, will seat 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) has published green phase information for sports tourism. 

Click here for details.

Erie County Tourism Recovery Task Force

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, 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 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! We can’t wait to welcome you again with open and safe arms!

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