What You Need To Know

It goes without saying that these are unprecedented times in our industry as countries around the world attempt to understand and respond to the challenges of Coronavirus/COVID-19. Events from small to large have been canceled daily as a precaution to combat the spread of the virus. 

The Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau is committed to serving as a leader and information resource for the Dublin Tourism Industry while doing everything we can to help you respond to this crisis. 

Last Updated: 9/24/2020

Weekly Tourism Impact:

  Hotel Occupancy  Groups Canceled Hotel Room Nights Canceled % of Groups Rebooked
September 14- 20 40% 10 2,098 54%
September 7- 13 39% 9 528 54%
August 31- September 6 45% 19 1,007 25%
August 24- 30 49% 14 879 52%
August 17- 23 51% 8 661 58%
August 10- 16 43% 11 488 40%
August 3- 9 42% 23 1,173 40%
July 27- August 2 40% 19 3,273 41%
July 20- 26 42% 16 1,858 52%
July 13- 19 58% 26 911 39%
July 6- 12 59% 13 564 13%
June 29- July 5 47% 6 364 60%
June 22- 28 44% 14 1,001 20%
June 15- 21 39% 18 741 25%
June 8- 14 38% 35 875 37%
June 1- 7 33% 31 1,951 26%
May 25-31 33% 36 2,345 39%
May 18-24 33% 42 2,194 58%
May 11-17 29% 30 2,277 33%
May 4-10  22% 80 1,631 35%
April 27- May 3 20% 41 2,119 21%
April 20-26 19% 63 4,374 54%
April 13-19  20% 62 2,578 57%
April 6-12 19% 60 1,379 34%
March 30- April 5 16% 62 2,267 18%
March 23-29 17% 67 2,608 40%
March 16-22 22% 167 5,790 28%
March 9-15 40% 120 7,277 21%
March 1-8 55% 34 1,939 N/A
Research Findings: 
  • -37% of Americans agree they need a vaccine to travel, down from a high of 45% at the start of August.
  • -48% of American travelers consider staying in a hotel, dining in a restaurant, visiting an outdoor attraction and shopping to be unsafe. Although, overall perceptions of travel’s safety remain at the lowest levels they have been during the pandemic.
  • -48% of Americans reported that the inability to travel is “causing them to feel anxious and stressed” and 75% say that travel is one of the activities that they miss the most amid COVID-19.
  • -68% of U.S hotels are operating at less than half of their pre-pandemic staff levels and 69% report they will only be able to survive for six more months at the currently-projected levels of revenue and occupancy, unless they can access additional relief.

Latest News:

On September 18, the State of Ohio released the Responsible RestartOhio recommendations for celebrating Halloween. Learn More.

On August 27, the State of Ohio released updated county risk levels including Franklin County decreasing from a Level 3 to a Level 2. Learn More. 

On August 25, Governor Mike DeWine release the new public health order for entertainment venues and sports facilities. Read the full order here. Entertainment venues not already opened based on previous orders are permitted to open at midnight on August 25. This includes stadiums, arenas, theaters, concert and music halls, convention centers, arcades, and more. 

On August 19, the Responsible RestartOhio Plan for Youth, Collegiate, Amateur, Club and Professional Sports was released to outline how sports, both contact and non-contact, may move forward in Ohio. 

On Thursday, July 20, Governor Dewine announced the prevention of the sale of alcohol at liquor permitted establishments beginning at 10 p.m. each night. On-premises consumption must end by 11 p.m. Learn More.

On Wednesday, July 22, Governor Dewine issued a travel advisory for all individuals coming into Ohio from states reporting positive testing rates of 15% or higher for COVID-19 and recommend that those individuals self-quarantine for 14 days. Learn More.

Beginning Thursday, July 23 at 6 p.m., citizens in all Ohio counties will be under a mandatory mask order while out in public. Some exclusions apply. Learn More.

On Wednesday, July 8, the State of Ohio signed an Order to mandate facial coverings in Butler, Cuyahoga, Franklin, Hamilton, Huron, Montgomery and Trumbull Counties that are in a Level 3 Public Health Advisory. Learn More.

The PGA TOUR and the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide announced on July 6 that despite a robust health and safety plan and State of Ohio approval for limited patron attendance, the world-renowned event founded and hosted by Jack Nicklaus will instead be held without fans on-site and with no pro-am, due to the rapidly changing dynamics of the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn More.

On July 3, the City of Dublin issued a face covering mandate to go into effect on Monday, July 6. Learn more.

On July 2, the State of Ohio released the Reset and Restart Education Guidelines for Ohio Schools and Districts resuming in the fall. 

On July 2, Columbus Mayor, Andrew Ginther, signed an Executive Order that makes wearing masks in public mandatory in the City of Columbus to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 as of July 3, 2020.

Governor DeWine announced that beginning July 20, 2020 nursing homes are permitted to begin outdoor visitations as long as all safety standards are met. Learn more.

The State of Ohio issued an update of the Responsible RestartOhio Banquet & Catering Facilities/Service Guidelines. The changes document reflect the opening of dance floors and other open areas. 

On June 16, a Health Order was singed to allow the opening of County Fairs and Animal Exhibitions with exceptions. Learn more.

A new Director's Dine Safe Order was released on June 8. It expands who is covered by this order to "restaurants, bars, banquet, and catering facilities and services, and other like businesses and operations in the state."  This expands the ability of venues to host events up to 300 persons beyond wedding receptions. Learn more.

The State of Ohio announced the approval of patrons at the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide on July 13-19, 2020. 

On Friday, June 5, Governor Dewine announce the next phase of openings on June 19 that will include casinos, racinos, amusement parks, water parks, outdoor theaters. Learn More.

On Thursday, June 4 the State of Ohio announced that entertainment facilities can begin to reopen on June 10. Learn More.

This includes: Zoos and Aquariums, Art Galleries, Ice Skating Rinks, Indoor Family Entertainment Centers, Indoor Sports Facilities, Movie Theaters, Museums, Playgrounds, Public Recreation Centers, Roller Skating Rinks, Social Clubs, Trampoline Park and more.

The City of Dublin announced the cancellation of the 33rd annual Dublin Irish Festival set for July 31, August 1-2, 2020. Learn More.

The City of Dublin released its City Restart/Reopen Plan on May 28. See the full schedule of openings and what will remain closed until further notice here.

On Thursday, May 20 the State of Ohio announced the next phase of openings for the following sectors: 

  • -May 26: Miniature golf, batting cages, and bowling alleys
  • -May 26: Skills training for all sports, including contact sports. Tournaments, games, and competitions for contact sports are still prohibited. 
  • -June 1: Catering and banquet centers with a crowd size of no more than 300 people. 

All may resume operations only if required safety protocols can be met. Learn More.

On Tuesday, May 19 Governor Dewine announced the "Ohioans Protecting Ohioans Urgent Health Advisory" which replaces the Stay Safe Ohio order that was issued by the Ohio Department of Health on April 30, 2020. Learn More.

On Thursday, May 14 the next phase of the Ohio Responsible Restart Plan was announced to include the opening of the following: 

  • -May 21: Campgrounds 
  • -May 22: Horse racing (no spectators) No casinos/racinos 
  • -May 26: Gyms, fitness centers, clubs, pools, and sports leagues (non-contact) 
  • -May 26: BMVs
  • -May 31: Childcare centers with reduced number of class sizes, intensified cleaning, daily temp taking, no field trips. Day camps included. 

The "Dine Safe Ohio" Order was signed that outlines FAQs that apply to the opening to restaurants and bars. 

The next phase of Ohio's Responsible Restart Plan will include the openings of the following: 

On Friday, May 1, Ohio issues "Stay Safe Ohio" order. The new order, which incorporates the openings of businesses and services announced as part of the Responsible RestartOhio plan, will replace the previous "Stay at Home" order, which expires at 11:59 p.m. May 1. The order will remain in effect until 11:59 p.m. on May 29, unless the order is rescinded or modified. Read the full order here

On Monday, April 27th, Governor DeWine announced the first phase of Ohio's Responsible RestartOhio Plan. See the plan details here.

Plan includes the opening of the following businesses if they can meet mandatory safety requirements for customers and employees: 

  • -May 1 opening of all medically necessary procedures that do not require an overnight stay in a healthcare facility or do not require inpatient hospital admission. This includes regular doctor visits, well-care checks, well-baby visits, out-patient surgeries, imaging procedures, and diagnostic tests. Dental services and veterinary services may also proceed if a safe environment can be established.
  • -May 4 opening of manufacturing, distribution, construction businesses, and general office environments.
  • -May 12 opening of consumer, retail, and services.

K-12 Schools to remain closed for the rest of the 2019-2020 academic year. Learn More.

As a result of the ongoing health crisis, the 45th edition of the Memorial Tournament has been rescheduled and will now be contested the week of July 13-19, 2020 and will feature an increased field size of 144 players. Learn More. 

The Ohio Liquor Control Commission passed an emergency rule to allow establishments with an existing on-premises liquor permit to sell and deliver alcohol, including high-proof liquor in limited quantity, for off-premises consumption. Learn more.

In accordance with the CDC recommendation, Ohioans are encouraged to wear cloth masks while in public. Learn more.

Governor Dewine announced on Thursday, April 2 anyone traveling to Ohio from out-of-state must quarantine themselves for 14 days. 

In order to slow the community spread of COVID-19, The State of Ohio has ordered the temporary closure of:

  • -Most of Ohio's Bureau of Motor Vehicle (BMV) deputy registrar locations and BMV driver examination stations. 
  • -Barbershops, hair salons, nail salons, spas, and tattoo parlors at the close of business on March 18. 
  • -Fitness centers and gyms, bowling alleys, public recreation centers, movie theaters, indoor water parks, and indoor trampoline parks at the end of the day on March 16.
  • -Bars and Restaurants to close as of Sunday, March 15 at 9 p.m. See the full order here.
    • ***Order limits the sale of food and beverages, liquor, beer and wine to carry out and delivery only. 

CDC guidelines are now limiting mass gatherings to less than 50, which the Governor said Ohio will change its original order banning gatherings of more than 100 to banning gatherings of more than 50.Governor DeWine Orders Ohio.  See the full order and exclusions here.

Governor DeWine Announces School Closures. Has ordered that all kindergarten through 12th-grade schools close through May 1st. Learn More.

Fast Facts:

The 138,712 confirmed cases in Ohio. 26,393 cases in Franklin County. 4,687 deaths in Ohio. Source: Ohio Health Department

COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. Source: World Health Organization

Symptoms included fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Dublin Event Schedule: 

The Ohio Premier Soccer Invitational scheduled for September 19-20, 2020 has been canceled

The 2020 Dublin Charity Cup soccer tournament scheduled for September 5-7, 2020 has been canceled. Learn More.

The Arthritis Auto Show that was postponed until August 20-22, 2020 has been canceled. Learn More.

M3S Sports announced the Emerald City Quarter & Half Marathon will be held virtually August 21-23, 2020. Learn More.

The City of Dublin announced the cancelation of the 33rd annual Dublin Irish Festival set for July 31, August 1-2, 2020. Learn More. 

The Ohio Cobra Club Car Show scheduled for June 25-27 has been canceled. Learn More.

The Ohio LAX Festival scheduled for June 6-7 has been postponed to July 24-26, 2020. Learn More.

The Dublin Independence Day Parade, Celebration, and Fireworks have been canceled. Learn More.

The Wayne Williams Memorial Baseball Tournament scheduled for May 22-25 has been canceled

The Starburst Soccer Spectacular scheduled for May 22-24 has been canceled. 

The Kiwanis Frog Jump and Festival has been canceled. 

The 2020 Sundays at Scioto Summer Concert Series has been canceled. Learn More.

Ohio Middle School Lacrosse Tournament scheduled for May 9-10 has been canceled

As a result of the ongoing health crisis, the 45th edition of the Memorial Tournament has been rescheduled and will now be contested the week of July 13-19, 2020 and will feature an increased field size of 144 players. Learn More. 

The Nike Challenge Cup has been canceled for the weekends of April 18-19 and April 25-26. 

Ohio High School Athletic Association State Championships have been canceled. Learn more.

Dublin will host the 2022 SAFECON on May 9-14, 2022 instead of the 2021 event. The 2021 event will take place in Oshkosh who was to host the 2020 event that was canceled. Learn More.

Early Bird Soccer Tournament planned for March 27-29 has been canceled. 

The Dublin Link Grand Opening and Illumination to be held on March 13th was postponed until further notice. The bridge is OPEN to the public at this time. 

The Dublin, Ohio St. Patrick's Day Parade has been canceled. Learn more here. 

This calendar will be updated daily with any known cancelations.

Dublin CVB staff will send notifications to all hotel and meeting partners upon event changes.  

Support Local:

In order to support the Dublin community businesses ordered to close to help slow the community spread of COVID-19, the Bureau invites you to share the following resources to encourage locals and visitors to shop small online and order pick-up or carry out from local restaurants. 

Pick-Up and Carry Out Options in Dublin

How to Shop Small Right Now in Dublin

COVID-19 Partner Tool Kit