As sports make their return to Erie County, PA, safety remains our top priority. We are committed to ensuring that our partner sporting events follow PA and Erie County guidelines for safety, so that we can all continue to play. 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.
Guidelines for sporting events in Pennsylvania:
- All sports are permitted to conduct in-person activities, including school, recreational, amateur and professional leagues and teams. All events, including tournaments and sporting events, must take precautions, follow CDC guidelines and comply with the maximum occupancy limitations set forth by Governor Tom Wolf as outlined below (updated Nov. 23, 2020)
- Masks are mandatory in Pennsylvania. Masks are required to be worn indoors and outdoors anytime you are away from your home. This order applies to anyone participating in sport activities, including athletes unless exempted in Section 3 of the Order (football and swimming are exempt). (updated Nov. 23, 2020)
- Anyone who visits Pennsylvania from another state must have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to entering the commonwealth. If someone cannot get a test (or chooses not to), they must quarantine for 10 days upon arrival in Pennsylvania. FAQs for travelers can be found here. (updated Nov. 25, 2020)
- Venues hosting events must determine their established occupancy limit as defined by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Life Safety Code, and then apply the attendee calculator to determine how many attendees are permitted to attend the event. Occupancy limitations are as follows: (Updated 11/23/20)
Maximum Occupancy Calculator for Indoor Events:
Max. Occupancy 0-2,000 people = 10% of Maximum Occupancy is Allowable
Max. Occupancy 2,001 - 10,000 people = 5% of Maximum Occupancy is Allowable
Max. Occupancy 10,000+ people = No events over 500 people
Maximum Occupancy Calculator for Outdoor Events:
Max. Occupancy 0-2,000 people = 15% of Maximum Occupancy is Allowable
Max. Occupancy 2,001 - 10,000 people = 10% of Maximum Occupancy is Allowable
Max. Occupancy 10,000+ people = 5% of Maximum Occupancy is Allowable (up to 2,500)
Any one facility hosting multiple events must not exceed 50% of the business's total maximum occupancy. For FAQ regarding event gatherings, click 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 are open and ready to welcome you safely! Enhanced cleaning has been implemented in Erie's hotels, and measures have been taken to ensure social distancing and contactless experiences where possible. Available hotel amenities will vary by property, and capacity at pools, whirlpools and fitness centers may be limited. 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! Pennsylvania restaurants are open for indoor dining at 50% capacity, and many are offering unique outdoor dining options or curbside pickup!
Experience Erie Safely
Fresh air, open spaces and miles of waterfront are what Erie is known for! Many of Erie's retailers are open to foot traffic at a reduced capacity, so that you can shop safely, and our attractions are open for visitors with safety plans in place so that you can enjoy a trip without worry.
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.