COVID-19 Updates


COVID-19 Alert

Governor Mike DeWine’s re-opening plans for the State of Ohio allow for certain activities and venues to be opened at Lakeside. The health and well-being of our Lakeside community is always our top priority. We are taking responsible and necessary precautions to minimize the spread of the virus. We are also ensuring compliance with government orders regarding programming venues and recreational facilities, which may impact your access to certain activities and amenities.

However, everyone needs to be aware of their own safety and whether they are high-risk related to COVID-19. We are Lakeside and we care about each other. We are counting on you to do your part to keep everyone in Lakeside safe. With safety as our top priority, we have enhanced our high standards of cleanliness throughout our community.

Here’s what Lakeside Chautauqua is doing to increase hygiene and infection prevention during COVID-19:

  • Conducting daily employee health checks/taking temperatures prior to each shift
  • Employees will be wearing masks at venues and public spaces
  • Emphasizing employees to have good hygiene, wash hands frequently and clean workspaces before, during and after shifts
  • Programming will be moved outdoors whenever possible to reduce the likelihood of transmission and to practice safe social distancing
  • Plexiglass barriers will separate employees and guests in areas of interaction whenever possible
  • Hand sanitizer will be available in public restrooms and in other select locations throughout Lakeside
  • Cleaning of shared equipment at shuffleboard, miniature golf, tennis, pickleball and sailing
  • Extra cleaning of high-traffic indoor areas: hotel lobbies, Hotel Lakeside porch and Administration Office
  • Additional cleaning of children’s areas like playgrounds when they are allowed to be open

Here’s what Lakeside Chautauqua is not able to do to minimize COVID-19 risks:

  • We are not cleaning large public areas like the dock, beach, Pavilion decks and streets
  • We are not cleaning the numerous benches and picnic tables that are placed throughout Lakeside
  • There is no way that Safety Services and other Lakeside employees can constantly enforce COVID-19 recommendations, such as social distancing and wearing of masks. The State of Ohio and Ottawa County are not able to police it, and neither is our security team and Lakeside staff. It will take everyone in Lakeside doing their part and abiding by the rules this summer

Here is what we expect from you and your guests during your visit to Lakeside Chautauqua:

  • Protect you and your family as needed through the use of personal protective equipment, such as masks, social distancing and abiding by the recommendations and executive orders set forth by Government entities
  • To protect yourself and others, Lakeside recommends that guests wear masks in public spaces. There may be independently owned businesses (shops, restaurants, services, rentals, bed & breakfasts, etc.) that require customers to wear masks
  • Adhere to safe social distancing practices. Respect 6 feet of physical distance between you and others at all times
  • Bring and use hand sanitizer and wash hands frequently with soap and water
  • Bring and use sanitizing spray or wipes to sanitize benches and other seating
  • Bring and use sanitizing spray or wipes to wipe down picnic tables before and after eating
  • Obey "safe play” procedures outlined at each of the recreation venues
  • When in line at businesses, events and public restrooms, please follow the procedures for entering and exiting and proper social distancing
  • If you feel you have any symptoms at all, do not leave your cottage until all symptoms are cleared, or return home to quarantine
  • Immediately notify the Ottawa County Health Department at (419) 734-6800 and Lakeside at (419) 798-4461 if you have tested positive for COVID-19 during or after your visit to Lakeside

Again, 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 cooperation. Lakeside is selling branded masks for $11 at the Administration Office, located at 236 Walnut Ave.


Important Health & Safety Information/Waiver

Please read this notice carefully, as it contains important health and safety information and contains a waiver.

To our friends and guests of Lakeside Chautauqua,

In light of global precautions for the Coronavirus (COVID-19), as well as heightened awareness and public concern regarding the spread of the virus, we want to assure you that public health and safety are our highest priority.

We are closely following all federal, state and county regulations concerning steps to reduce the spread of the COVID-19, and we ask that you follow these regulations while on our premises.

At this time, government regulations allow certain events and activities to be held on our premises. Please be aware that you are responsible for your own safety. You should continually assess whether you feel safe attending any event or activity based upon your own age and personal circumstances. If you, or your family members, do not feel safe at any event or activity, please leave that situation immediately.

By entering Lakeside property I affirmatively state that I, or my family members, DO NOT currently have symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, shortness of breath, cough or other symptoms commonly associated with the virus and have not knowingly been exposed to any individual with COVID-19 in the last 14 days.

The risk you assume by entering Lakeside premises:

In exchange for permission to be on and use the Lakeside premises, you hereby acknowledge and agree on behalf of you and your child(ren) that you understand that the risk of exposure to COVID-19 remains present regardless of the steps taken by Lakeside to reduce such risks of COVID-19 infection. You voluntarily agree to assume all of the risks and accept sole responsibility for any injury to yourself or your child(ren), including, but not limited to, illness, damage, loss, claim, liability, or expense, of any kind, that you or your child(ren) may experience or incur caused by or related to COVID-19 in connection with your attendance at Lakeside or participation in Lakeside programming.

If any member of your family or group is sick or becomes sick or is exposed to anyone with COVID-19 while attending any events or activities held at our premises, Lakeside is not responsible for the consequences thereof and waives all liability from the same.

If you or anyone in your party are sick, having symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to anyone with COVID-19, please notify Lakeside and the Ottawa County Health Department immediately at (419) 734-6800 and Lakeside Chautauqua at (419) 798-4461 you and your party should remain inside and not attend any Lakeside events or activities.

We will inform you immediately of any changes to our policy regarding events held at our premises.

Thank you for your continued support of our mission.


How to Plan Your Visit

Conveniently located on the shores of Lake Erie, Lakeside is the ideal destination for a relaxing day trip or an overnight stay for one night, a week, or the entire summer. With live entertainment, thought-provoking lecturers, inspiring worship services and endless recreation, your family is sure to enjoy the Lakeside experience. Below are helpful tips to plan your trip:

  1. Review the Calendar of Events to find your interests and favorite programs.
  2. If staying overnight, compare different lodging options and book your Accommodations.
  3. Purchase Chautauqua Passes & Auto Passes online prior to your arrival or by mail. Passes are also available for purchase at the gates.
  4. Map your trip to Lakeside.
  5. Pick up a map and Lakesider newspaper at various locations upon your arrival for the latest community updates.