The Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau and our partners are diligently following local, state and national guidelines to ensure your visit is safe.
While the safety of our visitors, staff and local community has always been a top priority, we recognize it’s even more critical today.
Our tourism community is committed to helping you PLAN AHEAD and enjoy our region, while taking the necessary precautions to keep your loved ones and traveling companions healthy. Please review the following information to get the most from the unmistakably Cincinnati experiences you are sure to love.
While the safety of our visitors, staff and local community has always been a top priority, we're optimistic about the meetings and tourism industry after a series of annoucements:
March 2, 2021 — Ohio announces public health orders allowing safe meetings and conferences: Events at banquet centers no longer have a 300-person limitation, so long as they comply with other health orders. Read the Health Director's full order.
March 3, 2021 — The U.S. expects to take delivery of enough coronavirus vaccine for all adults by the end of May — two months earlier than anticipated. Read the full AP story.
March 4, 2021 — “Victory is in sight.” Ohio Governor Mike DeWine lays out plans to drop all health orders when Ohio gets down to 50 cases per 100,000 people for two weeks. Read the US News article.
April 5, 2021 — Ohio's Health Director's Order Rescinding Various Orders was signed. Read the recindments.
April 9, 2021 — The Ohio Health Director's Amended Order for Social Distancing, Facial Coverings, and Non-Congregating was signed.Read the full amended order.
We are ready and able to host meetings, conferences and sporting events again; and we look forward to welcoming you and your attendees back to our region.
Face Masks are NOT required in Ohio or Kentucky.
Travel Advisories: As of March 10, 2021, The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) is no longer issuing a travel advisory for those entering Ohio after traveling to states reporting positive testing rates of 15% or higher. Instead, ODH has revised its travel guidance to encourage Ohioans to carefully review Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance when considering travel. Current Ohio Travel Advisories
Responsible RestartOhio Guidance
Responsible RestartOhio is the state's programs and protocols to ensure the health of employees, customers, and their families; supporting community efforts to control the spread of the virus; and, leading in responsibly getting Ohio back to work.
The following sector-specific operating requirements are being followed by Cincinnati region tourism and hospitality based businesses. As of June 2, 2021, all sector specific orders have been recinded by the Ohio Health Director.
Hotels and lodging facilities are essential businesses, and therefore not mandated to close during events like the pandemic.
Hotels have adopted and implemented the highest levels of safety and cleanliness protocols to ensure your healthy stay.
Most hotels and brands have aligned with the American Hotel & Lodging Association's (AHLA) SafeStay program. It is endorsed by groups such as U.S. Travel Association, Global Business Travel Association, Ohio Hotel & Lodging Association, Marriott, Hyatt and Hilton.
In Ohio, events at banquet centers no longer have a 300-person limitation.
Competitive games and tournaments are permitted for sports in Ohio, with full capacity.
Safe Meetings in Cincinnati
The Cincinnati hospitality partners are ready to host your group. We offer flexible cancellation and attrition policies; dates and rates.
For more detailed information on reconnecting with your group or meeting in Cincinnati, click here. In October 2020, Cincinnati was the proud host of the International Aviation Forecast Summit, held both here and with a hybrid option. Forbes covered the event's successful safety measures to keep attendees healthy. Click here for the article.
Our regional convention centers have the flexibility and space required to host events within the guidelines provided by the Ohio Department of Health, and are also committed to additional best practices to ensure the safety of attendees.
Duke Energy Convention Center is Ohio's first GBAC STAR Accredited meeting facility, the gold standard for prepared facilities. Under the guidance of GBAC, a Division of ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, Duke Energy Convention Center has implemented the most stringent protocols for cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease. For Safety Statement, click here.
Sharonville Convention Centerhas implemented all required safety guidelines, as well as daily health checks, face mask requirements, providing hand sanitizing stations, air filtration within their HVAC system, barriers in high volume areas and hourly disinfecting of high touch and high use areas. SCC and its partners are offering a Welcome Back promotion for future events.
Know Before You Go
Always check with companies, venues, attractions and restaurants before visiting, as limited capacities, reservations requirements and protocols are constantly being updated. These partners have outlined their Coronavirus response and safety protocols.