GENEVA-ON-THE-LAKE — The Geneva-on-the-Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau has announced plans for the reopening of the village.

Traditionally, the Strip opens on Mother's Day Weekend, but that was not an option this year, due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

However, Gov. Mike DeWine has started easing restrictions on restaurants and businesses. Today, May 15, restaurants are allowed to open patio dining areas. On May 21, indoor dining at restaurants will be allowed. Spas and hair care businesses are allowed to reopen on May 21 as well, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

The state is requiring six feet between seated groups in restaurants, and six feet between groups in line, according to information from the Ohio Health Department. If that is not possible, there must be a physical barrier between groups.

Spas and hair salons are also required to maintain social distancing between employees, but employees and customers can be closer than six feet apart, according to ODH.

Geneva-on-the-Lake Visitors Bureau is reminding people to maintain six feet of distance between people, and keep groups to 10 people or less. Visitors are also encouraged to wash and sanitize their hands often.

The decision to require masks will be left to individual businesses, said Amanda Briggs, executive director of the Geneva-on-the-Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau.

"It's basically the same GOTL, just with more breathing room," Briggs said.

The state requires face coverings of some sort for employees at businesses that are open, according to health orders. Face coverings are not required for anyone in the public, but they are encouraged. Business owners can decide to require face coverings for customers.

Signage will be posted around the village with safety information. Additionally, some parking spaces along Lake Road will be blocked off to make social distancing easier. 

The Geneva-on-the-Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau, village officials, and business owners are regularly on phone calls with health officials about the outbreak, Briggs said.

This weekend will be the first chance to see what the number of visitors is, Briggs said.

"We're in uncharted territory here," Briggs said.

The CVB has a page on their site with businesses that are open or will be opening soon.

"We are trying to keep as much information as possible on our website, visitgenevaonthelake.com," Briggs said.

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