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Put-in-Bay shares ‘heartfelt wish’ as planning underway to reopen for summer season

Put-in-Bay remains closed to the public while Ohio's stay-at-home order is in effect, but officials say 'island days are coming.'

PUT-IN-BAY, Ohio — Are you thinking about summer already?

If you’re hoping to make a visit to Put-in-Bay in the months ahead, officials say planning is underway for the upcoming summer season.

The Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau sent out the following message early Thursday morning:

Dear friends,

Island businesses have been getting your calls, emails and reading your supportive social media posts, thank you. We want you to know that our heartfelt wish is to welcome you back to Put-in-Bay this summer. 

The one thing we know for certain right now is that State of Ohio guidelines and CDC advice on reopening are being revised daily. While the Ohio Stay at Home order remains in place, we are getting ready, bringing over supplies and safe guards needed to ensure your next trip to Put-in-Bay is memorable and safe. 

Only residents, property owners, essential businesses and service providers are allowed to come to the island while the Ohio Stay at Home order is in effect. Important island businesses like the hardware, general store, post office and gas station remain open but with reduced hours. The village docks, state parks, public bathrooms, dine in restaurants, bars and lodging facilities (except for those supporting essential workers) all are closed. We have no doctors, no medical facilities, and limited evacuation options available for COVID-19 presenting patients. 

But, island days are ahead. Just like you, our island community is poised and patiently awaiting the reopening of Put-in-Bay for the summer season. When the time is right, it is our promise to you that we will do everything we can to make sure that your visit will be safe, family friendly and fun. From the moment you board the ferry to the island, visit a retail shop, enjoy a meal, walk through our downtown, you will be confident that your health and safety is our top priority. So plan now to visit us later, it will be worth the wait.

Ohio's stay-at-home order, which was supposed to expire May 1, will continue until further notice despite some businesses beginning the reopening process.

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