Dear Lakesiders,

We bring news from Lakeside in the form of our weekly update in response to the effects of COVID-19. I hope this note finds you and your family healthy and safe. We continue to monitor and follow state and local health directives while preparing to open our venues as soon as it is safe to do so. 

We had hoped to have a more definitive plan to communicate to you based upon Governor Mike DeWine’s procedures for re-opening Ohio that he presented on Monday. Although some businesses, including the Lakeside offices will be allowed to open over the next few weeks, the 'Stay at Home' directive remains in place for all non-essential, non-work-related travel . As hard as it seems, we will need to wait a little longer before we can get together again. 

Additionally, there was no information provided in the Governor’s re-opening procedures regarding when outdoor recreational venues could open. Although we plan to get our recreational venues ready for the season, we are still in limbo as to when they will be allowed to open and operate. So please bear with us.

While we operate under the 'Stay at Home' directive, we continue to work on innovative programming alternatives for the summer. Many of our traditional programs will need to temporarily move from their traditional brick-and-mortar locations and transition to new locations or to a virtual option for anyone who wants access to these inspiring programs. We will be communicating soon about our Virtual Chautauqua Passes, so our friends who cannot physically be with us, can still be a part of the Chautauqua experience.

As we look at the summer, we’d like to understand how your travel plans are being influenced by the COVID-19 pandemic. Below you will find a link to a brief survey focusing on understanding your travel plans. Our planning can be greatly improved by understanding your vacation intentions and your comfort level in visiting our venues and attending certain types of events. Let us know what you think — your feedback will be important in finalizing our plans. Please complete the survey by Monday, May 4.
Once we collect your feedback, we will communicate about operations of the Lakeside gates and the pricing for Daily Chautauqua Passes for the summer.

Although our offices are allowed to open after May 4 based upon the Governor’s re-opening procedures, we plan to phase that in over the next few weeks. We need to make some office and safety changes before we will be ready to greet the public again. 

Lakeside is all about being close together. I know it has been difficult for all of us to stay apart, but we will be together again soon.
Daniel Dudley
Lakeside Chautauqua, Acting President & CFO/COO
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How can I help Lakeside?
At this time, the best way to help is to  protect yourself and other s  by staying informed about the governor’s 'Stay at Home' mandate and practicing safe social distancing/gathering restriction protocols. As we navigate through these challenging times, you can:

  1. Make early donations to the Lakeside Annual Fund. We thank you for all the ways you support Lakeside, and we hope that we can continue to count on your support in the months ahead.
  2. We’ll be relying on volunteers to help this season, starting with cleanup activities in May. Contact for details.
  3. Stay connected with Lakeside friends by writing letters or hosting Zoom/Facebook Messenger social gatherings.
  4. Volunteer to help deliver Ward Catering's to-go meals and grocery baskets. Contact for details.
  5. Click here to continue sharing your ideas so that we may include them in our future thoughts and discussions
  6. For the most up-to-date news and decisions at Lakeside, visit our e-newsletter or follow Lakeside Chautauqua's official Facebook page.
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