The safety of our visitors is a top priority of Destination Toledo and therefore we are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation. Our thoughts are with those who are affected by the virus and the uncertainty surrounding it.
As closings or event cancellations occur in response to the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we will notify our visitors via this page and our event calendar, VisitToledo.org/events. For information on specific events that have been cancelled or postponed, please visit our event calendar. We encourage visitors to consult the event or its organizer’s website/social handles for the most up-to-date information and additional details.
Our county, Lucas County, has reached a level 3 on the Ohio Public Health Advisory System. It is required that masks be worn at all times in indoor public areas.
As of Thursday, July 23, 2020 -
Governor DeWine Issues Statewide Mask Order, Travel Warning
Read Full Press Release | coronavirus.ohio.gov
STATEWIDE MASK ORDER
Governor DeWine announced that beginning on Thursday, July 23, at 6:00 p.m., a statewide mask mandate will go into effect for citizens living in all 88 Ohio counties.
"Our preliminary data indicate that the rate of increase in new cases has slowed in the high-risk counties where masks are already mandated, so we are cautiously optimistic that things are heading in the right direction," said Governor DeWine. "We believe that requiring masks statewide will make a significant difference and will be key to making sure other counties do not progress to a higher level of increased spread."
All individuals in Ohio must wear facial coverings in public at all times when:
- At an indoor location that is not a residence
- Outdoors, but unable to maintain six-foot social distance from people who are not household members
- Waiting for, riding, driving, or operating public transportation, such as a taxi, a car service, or a private car used for ride-sharing.
The order only requires those 10 years old or older to wear a mask. Additional exclusions include:
- Those with a medical condition or a disability or those communicating with someone with a disability;
- Those who are actively exercising or playing sports;
- Those who are officiants at religious services;
- Those who are actively involved in public safety; or
- Those who are actively eating or drinking.
Schools should follow the guidance previously issued pertaining to masks.
STATEWIDE TRAVEL WARNING
Governor DeWine announced today a travel advisory for all individuals coming into Ohio from states reporting positive COVID-19 testing rates of 15 percent or higher.
Those traveling from one of the following states should self-quarantine for 14 days at home or in a hotel.
- South Carolina
The self-quarantine recommendation applies to those who live in Ohio and to people who are traveling into Ohio from any of these states.
"I know this will be hard and is a sacrifice, especially as summer vacations are in full force, but when we have a higher likelihood of being exposed, we should take precautions to limit the exposure of others," said Governor DeWine.
Ohio's positivity rate, which is an indicator of the percentage of people who have tested positive for COVID-19, has been around 6.2 percent.
Visit coronavirus.ohio.gov for tips on how to effectively quarantine.
As of Thursday, July 13, 2020 -
Masks Required in City of Toledo
Source: 13 abc | "Toledo City Council passes mask mandate; mayor expected to sign order Tuesday"
The Toledo City Council has officially passed a mandatory mask ordinance for the city of Toledo. That ordinance was passed in a vote during a special meeting of the City Council on Monday afternoon.
The ordinance will go into effect once Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz has signed it. Kapszukiewicz is expected to sign the order Tuesday, making it effective at that time.
Under the ordinance, masks would be required inside public buildings, including grocery stores, restaurants, and other businesses or structures. Schools are exempt from the order and will be allowed to implement their own rules regarding mask use.
Businesses that do not comply with the ordinance will face a $150 fine.
Exemptions to the rule include:
- Any individual who cannot wear one because of a medical condition, mental health condition, or developmental disability; an individual is not required to produce medical documentation of the condition or disability, provided an employer may require such documentation from an employee in accordance with state and federal law.
- Anyone under the age of 6.
- Restaurant and bar patrons while eating or drinking and seated at their table.
- In settings where it is not feasible, such as during a dental treatments, medical treatments, or swimming.
- While engaged in exercising in a gym or other indoor facility so long as social distancing guidelines are met.
- When an individual is in their work office, conference room, or other area not intended for use by the general public.
The ordinance will be enforced by the Toledo Police and the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department. A first offense will receive a written warning, and a second violation will result in a minor misdemeanor.