During uncertain times, it is easy to give way to anxiety and worry. We encourage you to seek facts over fear, and as such we would like to provide everyone with the information and resources needed to understand what is going on and what they can do to stay healthy. It is imperative that we all remain informed and stay calm.
While it is obvious that COVID-19 poses an economic challenge for our community, the most important thing to remember is the threat it poses to immunocompromised individuals and the elderly. It is the responsibility of every citizen to be cautious of our actions and aware of our surroundings and the state of our own health. For individuals who may not be at risk, they can still expose others.
What our team is doing
Visit Grove City is committed to growing our Travel Economy, however, the health and well-being of our community, visitors and team are a priority. With the outbreak of the Coronavirus (“COVID-19”) we are taking precautionary steps to flatten the COVID-19 curve. As part of this, the Grove City Visitors Center and Grove City Guide + Gear are both closed. Visit Grove City Staff members are working remotely and remain available via both email and phone.
This is being done as a preventative measure given the growing concern of community spread, and the expectation is that daily operations, though altered, will not be interrupted.
Visit Grove City will continue to monitor the situation in conjunction with our state, city and county health officials as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Our team continues to work diligently to promote the Grove City area experience and ensure our community remains known as the place for Altogether Adventure® in Central Ohio. We are here to support our partners in any way we can through this period of uncertainty – Whether you’re a visitor or a community partner, we have your back!
We will keep you informed of any additional changes in operation as this rapidly changing public health situation continues.
Thank you for your support as we navigate this unprecedented public health crisis.
A note from our friends in Columbus regarding the cancelation of events
Per ExperienceColumbus.com, “Meetings and conventions are important to the Columbus community, and as travel continues to be encouraged, we are aware of the hesitation people may have in regards to Coronavirus. The health and safety of Columbus visitors and convention attendees is of the utmost importance to Experience Columbus, and we are closely monitoring the situation in conjunction with local, regional and national health organizations.” We couldn’t agree more when it comes to visitors to the Grove City Area.
Please note that as of July 2020, the Ohio Department of Health extended the mass gathering limit of 10 people until further notice. There are some exceptions to this rule such as funerals and weddings. Banquet and catering facilities are allowed to serve no more than 300 guests at one time while those guests observe six-foot social distancing. Find details on the order via the Ohio Department of Health’s website.
Are all Grove City area restaurants and bars closed?
Grove City area bars and restaurants are able to welcome guests both inside and on patios while observing social distancing. Many of our local hot spots have created unique experiences from additional outdoor seating to partitions between tables, your safety is top of mind in Grove City. Please inquire with the restaurant you are interested in for details unique to their respective location. Find a list of restaurants and bars on our Palate Pleasers page.
How can I keep myself, my colleagues and my customers safe?
It’s time to prepare, not panic and it’s important that we all do our part to mitigate the situation. The CDC offers a list of recommendations to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 including, but not limited to:
- Keep tabs on mask requirements in the cities and counties in which you travel. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced that effective on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, at 6:00 p.m., an Ohio Department of Health order will mandate face coverings in public in all counties that are designated as a Red Alert Level 3 Public Health Emergency or a Purple Alert Level 4 Public Health Emergency. Monitor public orders here.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Consider adding signage on proper hand-washing and additional hand-sanitizing stations to your facility.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with your arm or a tissue (then throwing the tissue away and washing your hands). Consider making tissues readily available and ensure ample wastebaskets for proper disposal.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick and stay home when you are sick. If you are sick, wear a facemask when around other people.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces often throughout the day.
- Be alert for symptoms and take your temperature if you have any of the signs of COVID-19/
- Check out the Key Facts About COVID-19 page from the CDC to ensure you are informed.
Where can I get more information?
For more information and to track the progress of COVID-19, please visit:
- Center for Disease Control: cdc.gov/coronavirus
- Ohio Department of Public Health: coronavirus.ohio.gov
- For sector specific operating guidelines, visit the Responsible RestartOhio page here.
- Franklin County Public Health: myfcph.org/covid-19
- Columbus Public Health: columbus.gov/coronavirus
- Grove City Government: grovecityohio.gov/topic/covid-19-coronavirus
- Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) is recommending only essential travel until further notice via their bus lines. See here for updates on the Grove City schedule.
- On Thursday, March 12, 2020, the House passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Read a summary of the bill here, or the full bill H.R. 6201 via this link.
- On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, the Senate passed the Coronavirus Relief Bill. This is considered “phase two” of relief. Both the Senate and the House are working on their versions of “phase three” which is said to contain over a trillion dollars in aid.
- U.S. Small Business Administration (“SBA”) Administrator Jovita Carranza released the Process for Accessing SBA’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Disaster Relief Lending.
- The American Hotel Lodging Association is working closely with the legislative affairs team at SBA as they release more guidance in the coming days and weeks.
- For community information about Grove City businesses, please visit the website for the Grove City Area Chamber of Commerce.
- Please visit our hospital page for a list of Grove City urgent care and emergency room facilities.
As we navigate the seas of uncertainty, take heart knowing our community was born of hardworking, resilient people and we will continue to thrive once the waters are calm again. As we look for ways to spend our time safely during the coming weeks, find comfort in the Altogether Adventure® we are known for; enjoy the fresh air as you wander through the Gardens at Gantz Park; get a dose of vitamin K on a stroll at Henceroth Park; have a family picnic at Scioto Grove Metro Park; say “hello” to the bison at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park; head to Breck Community Park so Fido can stretch his legs too! Make it a point to visit a different park each week as you work to shake off the cabin fever, all while being sure to observe social distancing for the safety of you and your loved ones. Inspire others to find unique ways to enjoy the solitude by tagging #AdventuresInSolitude on social.