ACCVB Response to COVID-19

 

The Athens County Convention and Visitors Bureau is

currently CLOSED to the public.

We will continue to field requests for maps, brochures and guides. Materials will also be available in our outside kiosk. Our staff will be telecommuting, thus still available to respond to requests.

A link to our staff directory can be found HERE.

GOVERNMENT COVID -19 UPDATES

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has issued an order to keep Ohio schools Closed until May 1, 2020.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Dr. Amy Acton have issued a “stay at home” order. This order goes into effect Monday, March 23 at 11.59pm through Monday, April 6. The entire order can be read HERE.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has issued an order to indefinitely close gyms, fitness centers, recreation centers, bowling alleys, indoor water parks, movie theaters, and trampoline parks across the state due to concerns regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) as of March 16th 5:00pm

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has issued an order to indefinitely close all all bars & restaurants in Ohio to dine in patrons. (MANY still open for take-out!) as of March 15th 9:00pm

 

ATHENS COUNTY RESOURCES

The Athens County Convention and Visitors Bureau is actively involved in conversations and monitoring the response to the Coronavirus related to our community and businesses.

CISA Resources can be found HERE. 

The Athens County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Athens County Economic Development Council, and The Athens Area Chamber of Commerce have collaborated on a resource page for our community. You can view that document HERE. 

The Athens Area Chamber of Commerce has produced a toolkit for affected businesses. Find it HERE.

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) has opened a coronavirus (COVID-19) public hotline, reachable seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634) or you can visiwww.coronavirus.ohio.gov.

The Athens City-County Health Department has created a COVID-19 local resource guide. It includes food, community, and social service resources. It also lists places accepting donations.

This is updated daily at 12:00 PM. Scroll down to the bottom of the webpage to click on the guide. To access from our website home page, click on “Quick Links” then “COVID19.” Click HERE.

CURRENT CANCELED OR RESCHEDULED EVENTS

Below is a running list of events, conferences and meetings that have been canceled. This is a continually updating list, so please keep checking back.

Through conversations with local businesses, hoteliers, and our university partners we have been made aware of several cancellations for activities, programs, and conferences. Although it is clear these cancellations will have a significant impact on business, we at the Visitors Bureau plan to continue in supporting our community and encourage others to do the same. We would also like to encourage the local community to support our local businesses as we work through continuation plans over the next months. Consumers should use sound logic in regards to hand hygiene as a means of protection as they still purchase, use, and frequent businesses in our community.

All Ohio University events scheduled to take place on campus including branch campuses

Nelsonville Music Festival

Ohio University has determined all classes to be online the reminder of the semester as of March 13th

Athens Area Chamber of Commerce all sponsored events including business before hours

All Ohio K-12 schools through at least April 3 potential to extended this date through the end of the school year

Ohio University Commencement (postponed)

Stuart’s Opera House Events until further notice

XENOS Conference

Hocking Valley Scenic Railway Easter Shamrock Express, Easter Bunny Train, and Dinner train on March 28th

Athens Marathon

Bike Leadership Conference

Ohio University International Week

International Film + Video Festival (per coordinators, will be rescheduled)

Ohio Society of Association Executives luncheon

Southeast Ohio History Center

Ohio University Heritage College of Medicine Committee Summit

Dutch Creek Winery Grand Opening

Bagel Street Deli Pickle Fest

Ohio Association of Gerontology and Education Conference

Kidfest

The Athens Public Library; all branches

Third Thursday Square Dance Social with String Jam – Arts West

Tantrum Theater, Objects in the Mirror

Planting is for the Birds, Native Tree Planting Workshop – Touch the Earth Adventures

Telescope Nights at the Ridges

Kennedy Museum Sunday Family Art Encounters

Superhero & Princess Ball

Global Arts and Dance Festival

GBA Bobcat Classic (per coordinators, will be rescheduled)

The Athens County Board of Developmental Disabilities Disabilities Festival

The Athens Area Mediation Service Souper Bowl fundraiser

Live Healthy Kids Night

All Dairy Barn Art Center Activities will be canceled until April 4th

The Dairy Barn Art Center Art Auction (will be rescheduled)

The Dairy Barn Art Center’s Dairy Barn Fest (will be rescheduled)

Native American Jewelry Show

Athens County Convention & Visitors Bureau March Hoteliers Meeting

All Athens Area Chamber of Commerce office and all sponsored meetings/events through March

Athens Community Center, including all programming (includes: Before & After Care, Preschool, Wee Wigglers, Afternoon Arts, Unified Basketball, Child Watch, Cat Pajamas)

Arts/West

Ohio University Mom’s Weekend

SEOTR – Ohio’s Back Yard Ultra Marathon

Ohio University Campus Buildings:

  • Ping Recreation Center
  • Aquatic Center
  • Bird Arena
  • Golf & Tennis Center
  • Walter Fieldhouse
  • Driving Range
  • Outdoor Pursuits
  • Templeton-Blackburn Memorial Auditorium
  • Galbreath Chapel
  • Walter Hall Rotunda
  • All dining halls, markets, and cafes
  • Wellworks
  • Athena Cinema
  • Kennedy Museum of Art

ADDITIONAL INFO:

Through conversations with local businesses, hoteliers, and our university partners we have been made aware of several cancellations for activities, programs, and conferences. Although it is clear these cancellations will have a significant impact on business, we at the Visitors Bureau plan to continue in supporting our community and encourage others to do the same. We would also like to encourage the local community to support our local businesses as we work through continuation plans over the next months. Consumers should use sound logic in regards to hand hygiene as a means of protection as they still purchase, use, and frequent businesses in our community.