GENEVA-ON-THE-LAKE — Hotels in the village have announced that they will be closing immediately as COVID-19 cases in Ohio continue to climb.

The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake announced that they would be closed from Thursday, March 19, to April 15, “in an effort to help stem the spread of COVID-19,” according to the hotel’s website.

“We will continue to monitor the situation and will reassess whether the lodge can reopen on April 15,” said a statement from  the Lodge’s parent company, Delaware North.

Because of the coronavirus outbreak, the hotel is offering refunds to anyone who has made a reservation who wishes to cancel it, with no cancellation fee.

The Lakehouse Inn Resort also announced that it would be closing its doors temporarily. The Lakehouse also operates a restaurant and spa, which were closed down by DeWine’s orders. The decision to close the Inn was based on the progression of the outbreak, owner Karen Fagnilli said.

The Lakehouse is in the process of refunding patrons whose reservations have been affected by the closure, Fagnilli said. The Lakehouse Inn will not reopen until the restaurant and spa can do so.

Since the first positive test for COVID-19 was announced in Ohio, Gov. Mike DeWine has issued several orders aimed at slowing the spread of coronavirus. Among the orders were limiting crowd sizes, and closing schools, restaurants, bars, and movie theaters.

Village officials have been monitoring the situation. “We’re all on heightened awareness,” Mayor Dwayne Bennett said.

The village supports actions of private businesses, Bennett said.

Geneva-on-the-Lake’s economy is based primarily on tourism, so the administration is hoping the outbreak will be over by late May, when tourism season starts for the village.

The village is planning to continue to hold council meetings. Seating has been spread out to follow rules recommended six foot spacing between people, Bennett said. Surfaces in village hall are being sanitized to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

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