COVID-19 Destination Updates
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 below as well as answers to frequently asked questions. We understand this situation is evolving and we will do our best to stay up-to-date.
While some of the most stringent restrictions are lifted, some of our tourism partners might choose to err on the side of caution and remain closed or offer only curbside pickup/delivery rather than an in-store shopping experience. We will do our best to provide the latest updates but you should visit each partner's website or Facebook page for the most current information on closures, hours of operation, and safety policies. Know that you can still experience the best that Cumberland Valley has to offer as many of these locations continue to find creative ways to bring their businesses to you while operating with the health and safety of residents, visitors, and staff as their top priority.
Also, 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 when it is safe to travel again. 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!
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Travel & Hospitality Resources
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
What closures are affecting Cumberland Valley tourism locations?
As noted above, Cumberland County moved from the red phase to the yellow phase or reopening on Friday, May 22. While some of the most stringent restrictions are lifted, many of our businesses may choose to slowly re-open to guests. Spas and salons, shops, fitness centers, gyms, movie theater, casinos, and indoor recreation facilities should continue to keep their physical locations closed.
All in-person events in April and May were canceled or postponed. Some partners are offering virtual classes, lectures, or exhibits. The Yellow Phase of re-opening allows for gatherings of 25 individuals or less so we assume that smaller events will return in the near future. 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 2020 including:
- PA Greek Fest
- Army Heritage Days
- Foundry Day
- Jubilee Day
- Appalachian Trail Music Festival
- Kings Gap Heritage Day Festival
- Bloom Festival (originally June 13; postponed under the end of June or July; date TBD)
- Music on the Mountain @ Kings Gap
- Newville Fountain Festival
- Carlisle Summerfair
- Bluegrass on the Grass
- Shippensburg Community Fair
- Cumberland Ag Expo
If you were looking forward to attending any of these events, we hope you will visit in 2021.
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.
With so many businesses and gathering places closed, our public parks, trails, and open lands are seeing 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
- Cumberland Valley's state parks (Colonel Denning, Pine Grove, and Kings Gap) remain open; however, all facilities including picnic pavilions, playgrounds, nature play areas, visitor center exhibit halls, amphitheaters, and group camping are closed indefinitely. Swimming beaches and pools are closed through Friday, June 5. In counties designated yellow, any events with more than 25 people are canceled. If the event is under 25 people and takes place outdoors, it will be allowed to occur; however, any indoor events are canceled. This cancellation of events applies to all public educational programs, special events such as races and festivals, and teacher and other training. This includes programming by Friends groups and the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation. Read the most recent details here.
- The president and CEO of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy issued an unprecedented appeal for hikers to temporarily stay off the Appalachian Trail. Click here for the latest "Updated COVID-19 Guidelines for A.T. Day and Overnight Hikers" issued by the ATC on May 20, 2020.
- Many local parks and trails remain open; however, park facilities are closed and playground equipment should not be used.
Are restaurants and bars still open?
All restaurants and bars are closed for in-house dining. However, takeout, curbside pickup, and delivery may be available, often with a limited menu or hours of operation. Please check individual websites and social media channels to confirm hours of operation. In the Yellow Phase of re-opening, hotels, restaurants, and bars with liquor licenses can sell mixed drinks to go beginning on Friday, June 5.
What about hotels?
Hotels in Pennsylvania are considered an essential business and may continue to operate; however, some may have temporarily closed. Increased cleaning and sanitizing is the standard. 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. Room service and take-out from their restaurants are still permitted. Call the hotel directly to confirm expectations.
Many of our hotels are open to serve you. Some are offering discounted rates for medical workers, other front-line individuals, or those who have been displaced. In addition, Cumberland Valley hotels continue to welcome trucking/logistics, manufacturing, utilities, and government workers, as well as others who need to be traveling through the area at this time. Please call the hotels directly for special rates or to make a reservation.
- Comfort Inn Pa Turnpike
- Comfort Suites Downtown Carlisle
- Country Inn & Suites Carlisle -- closed from April 3 to May 3
- Hampton Inn Carlisle (Contact Jenesis Allman at 717-566-9292)
- Microtel Inn & Suites
- Residence Inn Carlisle
- Sleep Inn Carlisle
- Fairfield Inn & Suites Carlisle
- Red Roof Inn Plus Carlisle
- Econo Lodge Carlisle
- Comfort Inn Mechanicsburg/Harrisburg South -- closed April 3 for at least 30 days
- Courtyard by Marriott Harrisburg West/Mechanicsburg -- temporarily closed
- Hampton Inn by Hilton Harrisburg West -- temporarily closed as of 3/27
- Holiday Inn Express Harrisburg SW/Mechanicsburg
- Home2 Suites
- Homewood Suites by Hilton Harrisburg West
- La Quinta Inn & Suites Mechanicsburg/Harrisburg
- Towneplace Suites by Marriott Harrisburg West
- Best Western Shippensburg
- Clarion Inn & Suites
- Courtyard by Marriott Shippensburg
- Holiday Inn Express & Suites Shippensburg
- Allenberry Resort -- temporarily closed
What about air travel to Cumberland Valley?
If you must 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.
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