In an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, which is spiking across Ohio, some businesses are temporarily closing for health precautions. Also, Cuyahoga County, City of Cleveland and Boards of Health has announced a stay-at-home advisory (see here) which ends on Thursday, December 17.
Below is a list of family attractions and businesses in Northeast Ohio and their status. We will attempt to keep this updated throughout the course of COVID-19 pandemic, however, we recommend confirming with a location before you visit as changes are being made rapidly. Also, please let us know of any updates that should be added to the list at [email protected]
Cleveland History Center —Temporary Closure
Western Reserve Historical Society’s Cleveland History Center will be closed to the public until further notice. This change affects all public operations at the Cleveland History Center (CHC), WRHS’s main campus and headquarters in University Circle, Cleveland. All WRHS administrative functions will continue without interruption. Hale Farm & Village, WRHS’s living history museum in Bath, will be open for seasonal outdoor activities. Please visit www.wrhs.org for more information about their virtual opportunities and programming.
Cleveland Metroparks — All parks and trails remain open to visitors.
The only closures that remain include: all Nature Centers & Nature Shops: Brecksville Nature Center, Brecksville Trailside Program Center, Canalway Center, Edgewater Nature Shop, North Chagrin Nature Center, Rocky River Nature Center, and Watershed Stewardship Center, Ledge Pool will remain closed for the 2020 season, Edgewater and Euclid Beach piers, eLCee2 Water Taxi and Go Ape Treetop Adventure
Updates and health guidelines can be viewed at clevelandmetroparks.com/COVID-19
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo — Closed Only on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26
Regular zoo admission and Wild Winter Lights tickets are available, info and health guidelines, visit FutureForWildlife.org/reopen
The Cleveland Museum of Art — Temporary Closure
“In recognition of the Cuyahoga County Board of Health advisory and to ensure the health and safety of both visitors and staff, the Cleveland Museum of Art will close at the end of the day on Thursday, November 19, and reopen once the advisory expires,” says William Griswold, director of the Cleveland Museum of Art in a release. “The museum hopes to open its doors again in mid-December. We plan to retain our current staff throughout the period we are closed and we will continue to offer a full slate of programs online and on social media.”
Visitors can still engage with the CMA virtually through their online programming. Please visit cma.org and follow the museum on social media for the most up-to-date information.
Cuyahoga Falls Library — Temporary Closure — Drive-Thru Services Available
The Cuyahoga Falls Library will be moving to drive-thru services only starting Saturday, November 21 until further notice. Please continue to take advantage of many virtual and contact-free services, Visit cuyahogafallslibrary.org to learn more about these services
Cuyahoga County Public Library — Temporary Closure — Drive-Thru/Curbside Available Branches will revert to curbside/drive-through service at all 27 branches effective Thursday, November 19. Public access to library buildings will not be available. Visit cuyahogalibrary.org/LP/COVID-19.aspx for curbside/drive-through information.
Lake Metroparks Farmparks — Temporary Closure — Country Lights Drive Thru Still Open and Tickets Available Lake Metroparks Farmpark is closed to daily visitation until further notice. The Country Lights Drive-thru event will still be held, tickets and order your toy kits at goto.lakemetroparks.com/tickets
The Maltz Museum — Temporary Closure — A selection of online programs are being offered, in partnership with local and national institutions. They will also continue to offer digital Stop the Hate tour and free classroom workshops for Northeast Ohio students and schools as part of the Stop the Hate anti-bias education initiative. The annual essay contest is open and accepting entries. Visit maltzmuseum.org
Chardon Christmas Lighting of the Square on December 3 — cancelled. Visit here for updates
Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, Polar Express — Train Rides began Friday, November 6 and were to run through Sunday, December 20. CVSR will issue refunds to all passengers who purchased advance tickets from Thursday, November 19 through December 20. Customers will also have the option to donate the value of their tickets back to CVSR or request a gift card for the value of the tickets. Visit cvsr.org for info and updates.