Dear Lakesiders,

We bring news from Lakeside in the form of our weekly update in response to the effects of COVID-19. I hope this note finds you and your family healthy and safe. We continue to monitor and follow state and local health directives while preparing to open our venues as soon as it is safe to do so.

We had hoped to have a more definitive plan to communicate to you based upon Governor Mike DeWine’s procedures for re-opening Ohio that he presented on Monday. Although some businesses, including the Lakeside offices will be allowed to open over the next few weeks, the ‘Stay at Home’ directive remains in place for all non-essential, non-work-related travel. As hard as it seems, we will need to wait a little longer before we can get together again.

Additionally, there was no information provided in the Governor’s re-opening procedures regarding when outdoor recreational venues could open. Although we plan to get our recreational venues ready for the season, we are still in limbo as to when they will be allowed to open and operate. So please bear with us.

While we operate under the ‘Stay at Home’ directive, we continue to work on innovative programming alternatives for the summer. Many of our traditional programs will need to temporarily move from their traditional brick-and-mortar locations and transition to new locations or to a virtual option for anyone who wants access to these inspiring programs. We will be communicating soon about our Virtual Chautauqua Passes, so our friends who cannot physically be with us, can still be a part of the Chautauqua experience.

As we look at the summer, we’d like to understand how your travel plans are being influenced by the COVID-19 pandemic. Below you will find a link to a brief survey focusing on understanding your travel plans. Our planning can be greatly improved by understanding your vacation intentions and your comfort level in visiting our venues and attending certain types of events. Let us know what you think — your feedback will be important in finalizing our plans. Please complete the survey by Monday, May 4.