COVID Updates for Cumberland Valley

Updates For Visitors & Residents

The well-being of our guests and residents is the highest priority for the Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau and we promote and encourage healthy and responsible travel. All travelers should seek and heed the latest expert guidance and take any necessary precautions. For your convenience, we have compiled a list of online resources and frequently asked questions about traveling to Cumberland Valley. We understand this situation is evolving and we will do our best to stay up-to-date.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are masks required?

On July 1, 2020, Pennsylvania made wearing a mask mandatory when leaving your house to help in mitigation efforts. In general, this requires individuals to wear a face covering, in both indoor public places and in the outdoors when they are not able to consistently maintain social distancing from individuals who are not members of their household, such as on a busy sidewalk, waiting in line to enter a place, or near others at any place people are congregating. Whether inside in a public place or outside, and when wearing a face covering or not, everyone should socially distance at least six feet apart from others who are not part of your household.

What closures are affecting Cumberland Valley tourism locations?

Cumberland County moved into the Green Phase of re-opening on June 12. Many of our businesses have chosen to slowly re-open to guests or are still required to operate at a limited capacity. With targeted mitigation efforts effective July 16, 2020, in-house dining is allowed at 25% capacity (reduced from 50% capacity); personal care services such as hair salons may open by appointment only at 50% occupancy; indoor recreation, health, and wellness facilities, gyms, and spas may open at 50% occupancy with appointments strongly encouraged; and all entertainment venues (such as casinos, theaters, and shopping malls) can re-open at 50% occupancy.

What events have been canceled?

On October 9, 2020, Governor Wolf's newest order made changes related to gathering limitations in Pennsylvania. Originally, indoor events were restricted to 25 people, while outdoor events were allowed up to 250 guests. Now, the maximum capacity will be determined based on a venue’s maximum occupancy.

Maximum Occupancy - Allowable Indoor Rate

  • 0 to 2,000 people: 20% of Maximum Occupancy
  • 2,001 to 10,000 people: 15% of Maximum Occupancy
  • Over 10,000 people: 10% of Maximum Occupancy up to 3,750 people

Maximum Occupancy - Allowable Outdoor Rate

  • 0 to 2,000 people: 25% of Maximum Occupancy
  • 2,001 to 10,000 people: 20% of Maximum Occupancy
  • Over 10,000 people: 15% of Maximum Occupancy up to 7,500 people

This order allows more people to attend high school athletic events, pro sports events, meetings, concerts, and more. Mask wearing, social distancing, and other coronavirus mitigation orders must still be followed and venues are encouraged to institute additional measures such as timed entry and mobile ticketing.

Many of our partners continue to offer virtual classes, lectures, or exhibits.

While we are doing our best to keep our online Events Calendar updated, you should visit each partner's website or Facebook page for the most current information on cancellations. We recommend you check with event organizers if you have questions about cancellations and/or refunds.

As you plan your trip for later in the year, please be aware that there is a growing list of annual events that have been canceled for the remainder of 2020 and early 20201  including:

  • Fall Furnace Fest
  • New Cumberland Apple Festival
  • Pennsboro Pumpkin Fest
  • The remainder of the 2020 theatre season by Keystone Theatrics at Allenberry Playhouse
  • The remainder of the 2020 season at Oyster Mill Playhouse
  • National Apple Harvest Festival
  • Mechanicsburg Halloween Parade
  • Carlisle Halloween Parade
  • Market of Curiosities
  • Christkindlmarkt
  • Great American Outdoor Show (2021)

If you were looking forward to attending any of these events, we hope you will visit when they return.

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Are there opportunities for outdoor recreation while still practicing social distancing?

It’s a beautiful time of year in the Cumberland Valley, and if you're healthy enough to get outside, please be vigilant about maintaining a six-foot distance from other people. If a park or outdoor area seems crowded, it's a good idea to find a less crowded place to enjoy. Carry hand sanitizer and use it if you touch surfaces like handrails, benches, and other public areas. Follow current medical advice. Cindy Dunn, the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources explains the best ways to keep safe while enjoying our natural spaces in this video.

A New Outdoors Etiquette Horizontal

While so many businesses and gathering places were closed, our public parks, trails, and open lands saw record use. Many land managers are reporting double, triple, or even higher numbers of people than they normally see even in peak summer travel season. At the same time, many parks and trails have reduced staff available to help with maintenance. That means if you choose to recreate outside, it’s more important than ever to take care of the public lands you visit. The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics has resources on respecting nature while curing your COVID cabin fever

  1. Cumberland Valley's state parks (Colonel Denning, Pine Grove, and Kings Gap) are open and most facilities at these parks have re-opened, including pavilions, amphitheater, park offices, camping areas, and beaches. Read the most recent details here.
  2. Appalachian Trail: Click here for the latest "Update on A.T. Closures and Conditions" ssued by the ATC on June 16, 2020.
  3. Many local parks and trails are now re-opened, including facilities and playground equipment. 

Are restaurants and bars still open?

Governor Wolf has announced that beginning on September 21, 2020, restaurants may increase indoor occupancy to 50% of capacity. Restaurants will ​commit to strictly complying with all public health safety guidelines and orders through an online self-certification process which must be completed by October 5. Until September 21, 2020, indoor dining remains at 25% capacity.

Restaurants that self-certify will appear in the Open & Certified Pennsylvania searchable online database of certified restaurants across the commonwealth. Consumers will be able to access this database helping consumers make more informed choices about the food establishments they are patronizing and instilling confidence that they can dine safely.

In addition, restaurants serving alcohol must end alcohol sales by 11 pm. Other targeted mitigation efforts put in place for bars and restaurants on July 16, 2020, remain in effect, including:

  • A prohibition from conducting operations unless the facility offers sit-down, dine-in meals, or is serving take-out sales of alcoholic beverages. All service must be at a table or booth; bar service is prohibited.
  • Alcohol only can be served for on-premises consumption when in the same transaction as a meal.
  • Take-out sales of alcohol for the purposes of off-site consumption are permitted subject to any limitations or restrictions imposed by Pennsylvania law.
  • Non-bar seating in outdoor areas (i.e. tables or counter seats that do not line up to a bar or food service area) may be used for customer seating.
  • Social distancing, masking, and other mitigation measures must be employed to protect workers and patrons.

Many locations offer outside dining as an additional option and will continue to do so as long as the weather permits. Takeout, curbside pickup, and delivery are often still available, sometimes with a limited menu or hours of operation. Please check individual websites and social media channels to confirm hours of operation. 

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Are hotels open? What safety precautions are being implemented?

Hotels in Cumberland Valley are open and ready to welcome guests. Properties may limit the number of available rooms to promote social distancing. Hotels must shut down dine-in restaurants, pools, fitness centers, spas, lobby spaces, and meeting rooms with new protocols in place for cleaning and sanitization. Here's a brief summary of health and safety guidelines by brand:

Choice Hotels Commitment to Clean: www.choicehotels.com/about/commitment-to-clean-hotels

Choice Hotels International has announced a new initiative: Commitment to Clean. The company will supply franchisees and their employees with the tools they need to help Choice-branded hotels achieve superior levels of cleanliness and address health and safety concerns associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. The Commitment to Clean initiative builds on Choice Hotels’ long-standing cleanliness protocols and enhances the existing program with guidance developed in response to the pandemic, including recommendations related to deep cleaning, disinfecting, hygiene and social distancing best practices and protocols. The company also will be exploring the implementation of various technologies in the months ahead, including mobile check-in and keyless entry to further facilitate the contactless guest experience, as well as ultraviolet light instruments, air purifiers and ozone generators to enhance sanitation.

Choice Hotels in Cumberland Valley include:

  • Clarion Inn & Suites Shippensburg
  • Comfort Inn Mechanicsburg/Harrisburg South
  • Comfort Inn PA Turnpike
  • Comfort Suites Downtown Carlisle
  • Econo Lodge Mechanicsburg
  • Quality Inn Carlisle
  • Quality Inn Riverview
  • Rodeway Inn Carlisle
  • Rodeway Inn Shippensburg
  • Sleep Inn Carlisle

Marriott’s Commitment to Clean: clean.marriott.com

As Marriott welcomes you back to their hotels around the world, they are committed to providing you with a safe environment that aligns with expert protocols for working to defeat COVID-19. Consisting of in-house and outside experts in food and water safety, hygiene and infection prevention, and hotel operations, the Marriott Cleanliness Council is redefining cleaning and safety standards. Marriott will actively monitor and evolve our solutions to ensure a continued focus on the health and safety of our guests and associates.

  • Public Spaces: Marriott is going above and beyond their normal protocols. They are cleaning surfaces with increased frequency, dedicated, staff, and recommended cleaning agents.
  • Hand Sanitizer: Hand sanitizing stations are being installed at hotel entrances, front desks, elevator banks, and meeting spaces.
  • Social Distancing: Signage in public spaces will remind guests to maintain social distancing. Marriott will be adding partitions at check-in to provide an extra level of precaution for guests and associates.
  • Guest Rooms: Marriott has elevated its rigorous protocols to thoroughly clean all surfaces with hospital-grade disinfectants. There will be disinfecting wipes in each room for guest use.

New Cleaning Technologies: Marriott is rolling out enhanced technologies including electrostatic sprayers to sanitize surfaces throughout the hotel as well as testing ultraviolet light technology for sanitizing guest keys and devices shared by associates.

Marriott Hotels in Cumberland Valley include:

  • Courtyard by Marriott Harrisburg West/Mechanicsburg
  • Courtyard by Marriott Shippensburg
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites Carlisle
  • Residence Inn Carlisle
  • Towneplace Suites by Marriott Harrisburg West

Hilton CleanStay from Check-in to Check-out: Hilton.com/cleanstay

  • Online: Property websites will be updated to indicate that the new cleaning protocols and procedures have been implemented.
  • The Lobby: Guests who desire a contactless arrival experience can check-in, choose their room, unlock their door with a Digital Key, and check-out using their mobile devices through the free Hilton Honors mobile app.
  • The Guest Room: The first point of contact with the guest room will be with the Hilton CleanStay room seal, placed on the door upon being thoroughly cleaned. The room will have extra disinfection of the most frequently touched guests room areas – light switches, door handles, TV remotes, thermostats, and more. It will be de-cluttered, with items like pens and paper removed. Disinfecting wipes will be provided in every room for guest use.
  • Housekeeping Service: Guest rooms will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected between guests. Housekeeping service during a guest stay will be based upon guest preference, recognizing that some guests may not want staff entering their room. Additional amenities such as linens and toiletries will be available upon request, delivered in protective packaging, and placed at the guest room door.
  • Public Spaces: There will be an increased frequency of cleaning public areas. Stations with hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes will be available throughout the property at primary entrances and in key high traffic areas.
  • Food and Beverage: In hotel restaurants, tables, and chairs will be spaced to ensure proper physical distancing. Biodegradable, disposable dishes/utensils will be available upon request. During breakfast, restaurants will offer a range of options including grab & go, pre-plated covered items, à la carte, and assisted service. When ordering room service where it is provided, guests will experience contactless delivery, with orders and single-use serviceware placed outside their guestroom door.

Hilton Hotels in Cumberland Valley include:

  • Hampton Inn by Hilton Harrisburg West
  • Hampton Inn Carlisle
  • Home2 Suites by Hilton Mechanicsburg
  • Homewood Suites by Hilton Harrisburg West

Wyndham Hotels Count on Us: wyndhamhotels.com/about-us/count-on-us

Wyndham Hotels is committed to the health and safety of guests and team members with new measures put in place to give you peace of mind. Guests will receive disinfecting wipes with the keycard a check-in; complimentary travel-size hand sanitizer for each room; more frequent cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch areas; enhanced social distancing measures in public spaces; and required of EPA-approved disinfectants in guest rooms and public spaces.

Wyndham Hotels in Cumberland Valley include:

  • Days Inn Carlisle
  • La Quinta Inn & Suites Mechanicsburg/Harrisburg
  • Microtel Inn & Suites Carlisle
  • Super 8 Motel Carlisle North
  • Super 8 Motel Carlisle South
  • Travelodge Carlisle
  • Wingate by Wyndham Mechanicsburg/Harrisburg West

Best Western We Care Clean: www.bestwestern.com/en_US/hotels/discover-best-western/we-care-clean.html

As part of its ongoing commitment to keeping you safe and healthy during these challenging times, Best Western has expanded on its industry-leading cleaning standards with the launch of the new We Care CleanSM program. Based upon guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Health Canada, the We Care Clean program addresses five key areas in Best Western Hotels: front desk and lobby; guest room and housekeeping; temporary breakfast offerings (breakfast rooms will be closed where required and “grab & go” offerings will be implemented); public amenities; hotel employees and staff.

Best Western Hotels in Cumberland Valley include:

  • Best Western Carlisle
  • Best Western Plus Harrisburg/Mechanicsburg
  • Best Western Shippensburg

Radisson Hotels: radissonhotels.com/en-us/social-responsibility/health-safety

One of Radisson’s highest priorities is the health, safety, and security of its guests, team members, and business partners. In response to COVID-19, Radisson and a team of experts have reviewed their existing health and safety processes and developed a new safety protocol. This in-depth cleanliness and disinfection protocol was created in partnership with SGS and is designed to ensure your safety and peace of mind from check-in to check-out. 

A new 20-step protocol for hotels is currently being introduced to Radisson hotels. New cleaning and disinfection procedures, increased attention to safety in communal spaces, protective equipment, and updated training for team members are included in the new protocols. All worldwide locations are being briefed on these protocols and strongly encouraged to implement them. These protocols describe specific processes and measures that are designed to make you feel confident when you a Radisson hotel. Watch the video with more details.

Radisson Hotels in the Cumberland Valley include:

  • Country Inn & Suites Carlisle
  • Country Inn & Suites Harrisburg West
  • Radisson Hotel

IHG Way of Clean: ihg.com/content/us/en/customer-care/clean-promise

IHG has a long-standing commitment to rigorous cleaning procedures and launched the IHG Way of Clean program in 2015. This program is now being expanded with additional COVID-19 protocols and best practices to reflect the advice of the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, and local public health authorities in markets around the world.

The IHG Way of Clean already includes deep cleaning with hospital-grade disinfectants, and going forward, guests can expect to see evolved procedures in every area of the hotel, which may include:

  • Reception: Reduced contact at check-in, touchless transactions, front desk screens, sanitizer stations, sanitized key-cards, paperless check-out
  • Public Spaces andFacilities: Additional deep cleaning of high touch surfaces, social distancing, ‘last cleaned’ charts, best practices for pools, fitness centers , and lounges
  • Guest Room: Visible verification of sanitized items (e.g. glassware, remote control), reduction of in-room furnishings/high-touch items, new laundry protocols, use of electrostatic technology
  • Food & Beverage: New standards and service approach to buffets, banquets, room service , and catering

IHG Hotels in the Cumberland Valley include:

  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites Carlisle
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites Harrisburg West/Mechanicsburg
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites Shippensburg
  • Holiday Inn Express Harrisburg Southwest/Mechanicsburg
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What about air travel to Cumberland Valley?

If you travel by plane to our region at this time, click here to read about the proactive steps being taken by Harrisburg International Airport to protect the health of passengers, employees, and others. As of June 30, long-term parking remains closed. Parking is available in the garage at a reduced rate of $10/day. The plan is for long-term parking to resume in the fall.

Green Phase Updates: 10/9/20

On October 9, 2020, Governor Wolf's newest order made changes related to gathering limitations in Pennsylvania. Originally, indoor events were restricted to 25 people, while outdoor events were allowed up to 250 guests. Now, the maximum capacity will be determined based on a venue’s maximum occupancy.

Maximum Occupancy - Allowable Indoor Rate

  • 0 to 2,000 people: 20% of Maximum Occupancy
  • 2,001 to 10,000 people: 15% of Maximum Occupancy
  • Over 10,000 people: 10% of Maximum Occupancy up to 3,750 people

Maximum Occupancy - Allowable Outdoor Rate

  • 0 to 2,000 people: 25% of Maximum Occupancy
  • 2,001 to 10,000 people: 20% of Maximum Occupancy
  • Over 10,000 people: 15% of Maximum Occupancy up to 7,500 people

This order allows more people to attend high school athletic events, pro sports events, meetings, concerts, and more. Mask wearing, social distancing, and other coronavirus mitigation orders must still be followed and venues are encouraged to institute additional measures such as timed entry and mobile ticketing.

Green Phase Updates: 9/21/20

Governor Wolf has announced that beginning on September 21, 2020, restaurants may increase indoor occupancy to 50% of capacity. Restaurants will ​commit to strictly complying with all public health safety guidelines and orders through an online self-certification process which must be completed by October 5. 

Restaurants that self-certify will appear in the Open & Certified Pennsylvania searchable online database of certified restaurants across the commonwealth. Consumers will be able to access this database helping consumers make more informed choices about the food establishments they are patronizing and instilling confidence that they can dine safely.

In addition, restaurants serving alcohol must end alcohol sales by 11 pm. Other targeted mitigation efforts put in place for bars and restaurants on July 16, 2020, remain in effect. For further details, click here to read the Governor's news release.

Green Phase Updates: 7/16/20

Updated COVID-19 Restrictions July 16, 2020Targeted mitigation efforts were announced on July 15, 2020. The chart provides a brief summary. Click here to read the full update from Governor Wolf.

Consider signing up for our newsletter so you can receive the latest updates and information on rescheduled events.

Meanwhile, we encourage you to explore our website, check out all there is to see and do, order a free visitors guide, and plan your next Weekend Easy getaway. In need of a little inspiration? Read our blog, see upcoming events still scheduled for later this year, check out our photo gallery below, or watch our videos of all there is to do in Cumberland Valley. We look forward to your visit!

 

Green Phase: 6/12/20

COVID-19 Phased Reopening Chart UpdatedOn Friday, June 12, 2020, Cumberland Valley to the Green Phase of re-opening. View the chart for a brief explanation of what that means.

The green phase eases most restrictions by lifting the stay at home and business closure orders to allow the economy to reopen while continuing to prioritize public health. While this phase will facilitate a return to a “new normal,” it will be equally important to continue to monitor public health indicators and adjust orders and restrictions as necessary to ensure the spread of disease remains at a minimum.

While our tourism partners are ready to welcome everyone back, they will still need to follow certain health and safety guidelines and may have reduced hours of operation. You should visit each partner's website or Facebook page for the most current information on closures, hours of operation, and safety policies. 

On July 1, 2020, Pennsylvania made wearing a mask mandatory when leaving your house to help in mitigation efforts. For additional information, click here to read the Pennsylvania Department of Health's FAQ section on universal face coverings.

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Local & Regional Resources

Check these sites for the latest information in Cumberland Valley.

Cumberland County PA

Prepared Central PA

COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring System Dashboard (search by county)

 

Health Resources

Use these sites to find the latest health-related information concerning COVID-19

CDC (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention)

PA Department of Health

COVID-19 PA Dashboard and Health & Safety Information

The Latest Information from PRLA

Watch the latest information from PRLA, recorded on 5/28/20. (45 min)

Updates for Local Tourism Partners

  • If your organization has canceled or changed an event that was posted to our online calendar, please email Stacey with changes.
  • We are continuing to provide blogs highlighting things to do & ways to support local businesses during this difficult time. See the most recent blog entries and reach out to Stacey if you have any updates.
  • There are additional promotional opportunities for certain businesses. Visit these sites to learn more about how to get your business listed for free: rally4local.com; carryoutpa.com; helpmainstreet.com

 

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