Coronavirus/COVID-19

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: 1/15/2021

Weekly Tourism Impact:

  Hotel Occupancy  Groups Canceled Hotel Room Nights Canceled % of Groups Rebooked
January 4- 10 30% 5 351 53%
Decmeber 28- January 3 33% 2 276 52%
December 21- 27 20% 4 326 33%
December 14- 20 33% 5 194

40%

December 7- 13 29% 8 520 100%
November 30- December 6 26% 8 480 40%
November 23- 29 25% 5 613 39%
November 16- 22 32% 7 629 61%
November 9- 15 37% 11 736 46%
November 2- 8 43% 5 316 47%
October 25- November 1 38% 7 685 65%
October 19- 25 50% 12 599 65%
October 12- 18 48% 8 697 83%
October 5- 11  51% 9 577 50%
September 28-October 4 48% 8 711 50%
September 21- 27 43% 16 1,638 100%
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: 
  • -51% of American Travelers report that their first trip this year will be to visit friends and relatives. (The vast majority of this will be by car.)
  • -Only 9% of American Travelers indicated that they do not currently have travel plans for 2021.
  • -63% of American Travelers have plans to travel in the next six months, up from 57% in mid-December.
  • -Only 35% have completely cancelled upcoming travel plans due to the pandemic, down from 41% in mid-December.
  • -41% of Americans now support opening up their community to visitors, up from 32% in early December.

Latest News:

For COVID-19 Vaccination Program information, click here.

On December 30, Governor DeWine extended the 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew until January 23, 2021. Learn More. 

On December 17, Columbus Public Health and Franklin County Public Health extended the Stay at Home Advisory until January 23, 2021. Learn More.

On December 14, the first COVID-19 vaccinations were administered in Ohio. Learn More.

On December 11, Governor DeWine extended the 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew until January 2, 2021. Learn More. 

Starting December 7, a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site is available in Dublin for no cost through the winter months. The site is in partnership with Clinical Lab Consulting, Lucid Diagnostic Labs and Franklin County Public Health and is located at 475 Metro Place South. For more information and hours, click here.

On November 18, Columbus Public Health and Franklin County Public Health issued a Stay at Home Advisory, effective at 6 p.m. on November 20. The advisory will remain in place for 28 days. Learn More.

On November 17, Governor DeWine announced a statewide 10 p.m. to 5 p.m. curfew for Ohioans. This is in effect for 21 days and begins Thursday, November 19. Learn More. 

On November 11, Governor DeWine announced new mask and social distancing orders.

  • -The revised mask order requires stores to post a sign outlining face-covering requirements at all public entrances and the creation of a Retail Compliance Unit. Learn More.
  • -The new social gather order places new restrictions on social activities such as weddings and funerals prohibiting open congregate areas, dancing and games, and requiring everyone to be seated with a mask. Learn More.

On October 23, Governor DeWine announced CARES Act Funding to support small businesses, nonprofits, and Ohioans impacted by COVID-19. The application is available as of November 2. Learn More. 

On September 25, Governor DeWine amended the requirements for Youth, Collegiate, Amateur, Club, and Professional Sports by removing the one game per calendar day limit on sports competitions. Learn More. 

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 719,642 confirmed cases in Ohio. 96,280 cases in Franklin County. 10,057 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

2021 Dublin Event Schedule: 

The Arthritis Car Show & Cruise-In was postponed until August 19-21, 2021. Learn More.

The Dublin, Ohio St. Patrick's Day Parade has been changed to a Reverse St. Patrick's Day Parade at Darree Fields on March 13, 2021. Learn more.

This page will be updated daily with any known cancelations. 

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

Click here to view the event dates and cancelations from 2020.