As sports make their return to Erie County, PA, safety remains our top priority. The Erie Sports Commission is here to ensure that everyone involved in your events feels comfortable competing, and that proper precautions are taken as we return to play.
Erie County is in Pennsylvania’s “Green Phase” of reopening.
Here's what that means for sports:
- All school, recreational and amateur sports are permitted to conduct in-person activities. Each individual game or practice at a complex must adhere to the gathering occupancy limits (250 outdoors, 25 indoors) and the facility as a whole may not exceed 50% of total occupancy. (updated July 15, 2020)
- Professional sports with more than 250 people on site must submit a safety plan to the PA Department of Health for approval
- Outdoor recreation facilities, such as mini golf, motorsports venues, rock climbing, disc golf, horse riding, tennis, archery or shooting and other similar facilities that conduct operations outdoors are open at 50% capacity
- Masks are mandatory in all public spaces in Pennsylvania. Athletes are not required to wear face coverings while actively engaged in workouts and competition that prevent the wearing of face coverings, but must wear face coverings when on the sidelines, in the dugout, or any time six feet of social distancing is not possible. Coaches and spectators must wear face coverings unless they are outdoors and can consistently maintain social distancing of at least six feet.
Complete guidance for the return of sports in Pennsylvania can be found here.
In Pennsylvania's Green Phase, in general:
- All sports, including school-sanctioned and recreational leagues are permitted to resume practice and play, with precautions and following CDC guidelines
- Indoor events and gatherings of more than 25 persons are prohibited. (Updated July 15, 2020)
- Outdoor events and gatherings of more than 250 persons are prohibited.
- Restaurants may offer indoor dining at 25% capacity. Facilities can only conduct operations if the facility offers sit-down, dine-in meals. Alcohol can only be served for on-premises consumption when in the same transaction as a meal (Updated July 15, 2020)
- Indoor recreation, health and wellness facilities, personal care services and all entertainment may open at 50% capacity
- Masks are mandatory in all public spaces as of July 1, 2020
- Visitors traveling to Pennsylvania from a state with high amounts of COVID-19 cases are recommended to quarantine for 14 days. Frequently asked questions about travel to Pennsylvania can be found here.
Safe and Clean Facilities
Erie’s facilities have taken proper precautions to clean and sanitize while closed, and are implementing necessary precautions to ensure your athletes are playing it safe. Premiere facilities will continue to enforce social distancing at all properties with an increased focus on sanitation and reducing congestion. Individual safety plans vary by facility and can be provided by request.
Open and Welcoming Hotels
Hotels in Erie, PA are open and ready to welcome you safely! Available hotel amenities may not yet be open and will vary from property to property. At this time, many indoor pools are not yet open, and breakfast buffets are not available. Please call your hotel prior to arrival to find out service changes.
Dining at a Distance
Erie's local eateries, breweries and wineries are open for business and ready to give you a taste of our region! Restaurants are permitted to open indoors at 25% capacity, and are enacting extra precautions to ensure your safety. Many have even opened new or additional outdoor dining space to provide extra seating (and let you soak up that Erie summer sun!)
Experience Erie Safely
Fresh air, open spaces and miles of lakeshore are what Erie is known for! The beaches at Presque Isle State Park are open and you'll find miles of trails to explore by bike or foot. Many of Erie's retailers are open to foot traffic at a reduced capacity, so that you can shop safely. Our other major attractions have recently re-opened. You can read their re-opening plans below:
You've got questions - we've got answers.
Contact our team for help navigating your safe return to sports in Erie County, PA.
In May 2020, VisitErie developed a report that detailed safety efforts being taken by organizations in six sectors of Erie's hospitality industry: accommodations, restaurants, large attractions, small attractions/retail, facilities and transportation. The report includes information on what each sector is doing to ensure readiness to open.