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Tourism Re-Opening

As of Friday June 26, Erie County entered Pennsylvania's "Green Phase" of reopening.

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 regarding available resources for reliable information and updates regarding COVID-19. Please refer to our individual partners’ websites for current status and hours available. 

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

Stay Safe, Stay Healthy and Enjoy our beautiful area! 


Pennsylvania's Green Phase Social Restrictions (updated September 21, 2020)

  • Indoor Gatherings of More Than 25 Prohibited; Outdoor Gatherings of More Than 250 Prohibited
  • Masks Are Required in all Public Spaces
  • Self-certified Restaurants May Open at 50% Capacity for Indoor Dining
  • On-premises Alcohol Consumption Prohibited Unless Part of a Meal; Cocktails-to-go and Carryout Beverages are Allowed
  • Serving Alcohol for on-site Consumption Must End at 11:00 PM and All Alcoholic Beverages Must Be Removed From Patrons by Midnight
  • Personal Care Services (including hair salons and barbershops) Open at 50% Occupancy and by Appointment Only
  • Indoor Recreation and Health and Wellness Facilities (such as gyms and spas) Open at 50% Occupancy with Appointments Strongly Encouraged; Fitness Facilities Are Directed to Prioritize Outdoor Fitness Activities
  • All Entertainment (such as casinos, theaters, and shopping malls) Open at 50% Occupancy
  • Construction Activity May Return to Full Capacity with Continued Implementation of Protocols
  • All businesses must follow CDC and 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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Outdoor Recreation & Presque Isle State Park

Fresh air, open spaces and miles of lake shore are what Erie is known for! The cooler autumn temps don't stop the fun! There's plenty do during the fall season.  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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 Explore Our Sports Venues

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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

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Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership

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