COVID-19

As you know, we are facing trying times right now due to the spread of the Coronavirus.

We are taking the precautionary route to help “lessen the curve” of spreading COVID-19 in Butler County, and are following the lead of our Governor’s orders that all non-essential employees remain home. The Tourism Bureau’s Zelienople office will be temporarily closed. Our staff is working remotely and can be reached electronically by personal email or at info@vistbutlercounty.com.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

Visit Butler County is closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak as the situation continues to evolve and is staying in close contact with our partners and industry leaders including the State of Pennsylvania, the U.S. Travel Association, Destinations International, and Butler County.

According to the CDC, the immediate risk of being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 is through ongoing community transmission .  While there are positive cases within the state of Pennsylvania, there have been no confirmed cases in Butler County, as of 3/18/2020.

Travelers are encouraged to always exercise healthy travel habits when traveling and to follow guidance issued by official sources of public health information. At this time, the risk to Americans remains low and there are no restrictions on travel anywhere within the United States. (via U.S. Travel Association)

While some group/event cancellations have been reported here in the Butler County, Visit Butler County has not been advised of extensive transient or business cancellations or alarming drop-offs in general visitation volume. 

Our team will remain vigilant and will continue to update this page with talking points and resources for partners below.

Visit Butler County's Strategy

  • Visit Butler County will remain up to date on and share the latest news and resources to help prevent the spread of misinformation.
  • At this time, we will continue with its normal operations of the business. 

Talking Points via U.S. Travel Association

  • The travel industry’s guiding principle is to seek and heed the most up-to-date expert guidance, and we urge the traveling public to do the same.
  • The challenge in moments of public health concern is to react properly to the situation but to not overreact. 
  • With the situation evolving rapidly, we encourage the traveling public to follow any guidance offered by the CDC and local and state public health authorities.
  • U.S. health officials are urging the same personal best practices that are standard for a typical flu season—frequent washing of hands, etc. 

Additional Resources

 

This page was last updated on Thursday, March 20, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. ET.