COVID-19 Update & Weekend News (July 17)

Posted on July 17, 2020

Dear Lakesiders,

Once again, we bring you an update from Lakeside as we are about half way through the summer Chautauqua season. We hope this note finds you and your family healthy and safe. We continue to monitor the effects of COVID-19 and follow local and state health directives while continuing to operate our venues. We are strongly encouraging masks to be worn at Lakeside when outside in public places, and masks are required at certain locations and events.

Below is safety information regarding upcoming events such as the Lakeside Wooden Boat Show and the Plein Air Art Festival. Sloopy’s will be closed this weekend as a precaution – please see their notice below. Our pool at the Grindley Aquatic & Wellness Campus was inspected this week and received praise from the Ottawa County Health Department.

Review important safety protocols for events this weekend

Plein Air Art Festival , July 17-19

  • Maintain 6 feet social distancing from all artists
  • Masks are required at the Wet Paint Sale and sales area.
  • Booths will be further apart this year to accommodate social distancing. Only one customer in booths/display area at a time.
  • Artists will perform daily health self-assessments and temperature checks.
  • In the case of inclement weather, the Wet Paint Sale will be cancelled.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout the show.

Lakeside Wooden Boat Show , July 19

  • Masks are required to attend the Wooden Boat Show.
  • About 30 boats will be spread across the Hotel Lakeside lawn and along the lakefront path. The boats will be spread further apart than traditional shows to promote safe social distancing among guests.
  • Boats will not be displayed on the dock due to the high water level and to prevent gatherings.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout the show.

Lakeside Wooden Boat Show Cookout , July 19

  • Masks are required while ordering and in line to purchase food. Masks are NOT required while eating or drinking.
  • Ward Catering staff will handle all food and be wearing masks (unless cooking over a hot grill).
  • All major credit cards will be accepted.
  • Social distancing markings will be placed on the sidewalk.
  • Tables and chairs will be at least 6 feet apart with limited chairs at each table.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be available.

Important COVID-19 message from Sloopy's Sports Cafe

Statement from Sloopy's Sports Cafe on Friday, July 17:

In the effort of full transparency, Effective Friday, 7/17/2020, it's with a heavy heart we announce Sloopy's Lakeside will be closing as a preventative measure for the safety of our team members, guests, and community. We will be deep cleaning the restaurant and making extra efforts for continued sanitation.

We have a couple staff members that are experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms. These team members HAVE NOT been in direct contact with any of our guests. We have been in contact with the Ottawa County Health Department, and are following all CDC guidelines while we await the team member's test results.

We will notify you and post as soon as we have completed our work and are confident that we can continue to operate in a safe manner with a reopening date, with a full staff! We ask that you remain patient and understanding as all of us in this weakened industry are doing whatever and all that we can while maintaining a safe environment.

Pool passes Ottawa County Health Department Inspection

This week, the Ottawa County Health Department inspected the Grindley Aquatic & Wellness Campus pool, and Lakeside passed with flying colors!

THANK YOU for helping keep Lakeside safe, and special thanks to our dedicated Pool staff, who received high praise for the social distancing policies and sanitation processes at the pool.


As a reminder to keep our community healthy and safe, we ask that you review our safety protocols at Lakeside Chautauqua and increase your diligence in taking precautions, such as wearing masks/face coverings and practicing safe social distancing.

The Ottawa County Health Department (OCHD) recommends that all Ottawa County residents continue to take measures to protect themselves and others from this virus. You can do this by:

  • Wearing a mask/face covering,
  • Continuing to social distance (at least 6 feet) between individuals,
  • Avoiding groups of 10 people or more,
  • Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds,
  • Avoiding touching your mouth, nose or eyes,
  • Covering coughs and sneezes with your arm,
  • Cleaning frequently touched surfaces,
  • Avoiding those that are sick, and
  • Staying home if you are sick

If you feel you have any symptoms at all, please refrain from visiting Lakeside Chautauqua. If you are already in Lakeside and have symptoms, please contact your doctor, quarantine for up to 14 days, wear a mask/face covering at all times, maintain 6 feet of distance between you and others and use hand sanitizer and wash hands frequently with soap and water. If your doctor recommends that you be tested for COVID-19, tests are performed nearby at Magruder Hospital .

As a reminder, if you have tested positive for COVID-19 during or after your visit to Lakeside, immediately notify the Ottawa County Health Department at (419) 734-6800 and Lakeside Chautauqua at (419) 798-4461. The Ottawa County Health Department can assist you with proper quarantine procedures and access to health care in the area, to protect you and others in the community.

Again, protect yourself, family, friends, neighbors and our Lakeside community by wearing a mask/facial covering, keeping 6 feet of physical distance between you and others, use hand sanitizer and wash hands frequently with soap and water, do things outside as much as possible, and be kind and courteous to fellow Lakesiders.

We are Lakeside and we care about each other. We are counting on you to do your part to keep everyone in Lakeside safe.

Thank you for your understanding in keeping our community safe and healthy.


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