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.
ATTRACTIONS, DINING & SHOPPING
Currently, all major Toledo area attractions, shopping malls and facilities are closed to the public. Many are offering virtual tours, at-home activities and more on their websites and social media. Please follow Destination Toledo of Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to stay up-to-date on great ways to virtually experience Toledo during this time.
Following Governor Dewine's March 22 "Stay at Home" order, carryout from restaurants will still be permitted. For those that are healthy and looking to order from local restaurants, bars, or coffee shops, many are offering take-out, curbside pick-up and/or delivery. You can also support this businesses by purchasing gift cards now to use at a later date. For updates on menus, hours and deals, visit the business's social media or check out toledotogonow.com
Many local retail shops do have online shopping available through their websites and will ship your order to you home. Again, purchasing gift cards to use at a later date is a great way to support these businesses also.
We recommend that anyone with questions or concerns about the virus, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov and follow the guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization.
Wednesday, March 24, 2020 -
Metroparks Toledo issued notice that Metroparks are Open; Restrooms and Playgrounds Closed
Parks are appropriate places to go during the Stay at Home Order, but only if we keep a safe distance from one another.
- Metroparks remain open 7 a.m. to dark
- Restrooms are closed for your health and the health of our staff. Portable restrooms, cleaned twice a day, are for “emergency” use only
- Playgrounds are closed statewide
- The Elmer Drive entrance to Toledo Botanical Garden is open, but the Bancroft entrance is closed
- Westwinds is not yet open for the season
- Some park areas may be closed for a variety of reasons without notice
- Soap and water hand-washing stations have been placed at trailheads
- Please bring water from home
See Metroparks Toledo's Coronavirus Updates page for additional information and details.
Sunday, March 22, 2020 -
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Lt. Governor Jon Husted, and Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D. MPH, announced on Sunday, March 22 that Ohio will be under a "Stay at Home" order.
Read the full order here: Director's Stay At Home Order
The order requires Ohioans to stay at home with the exception of the following:
- for health and safety
- for necessary supplies and services
- for outdoor activities, such as walking or visiting a park (playground visitation is prohibited)
- to report for essential work as discussed below
- to take care of others
The second part of the order lists the essential businesses that are permitted to stay open. The following document was released yesterday and is likely to have been used in developing Ohio's list of essential workers - CISA Guidance On Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers
Carryout from restaurants will still be permitted.
Each of the businesses permitted to stay open must follow guidelines for protecting their employees and others, and the order specifies what those required actions must be.
Orders can be enforced by local health departments and law enforcement. The order begins 11:59 p.m. Monday, March 23 until April 6.