Play Safely In Pittsburgh

Health and safety practices are our top priority as you plan to compete in Pittsburgh.

Please note – Allegheny County moved to the “Yellow Phase” of Governor Tom Wolf’s Process to Reopen Pennsylvania plan on Friday, May 15. Under the “Yellow Phase,” as defined by Governor Tom Wolf’s Process to Reopen Pennsylvania plan, all gatherings are limited to fewer than 25 people.

Now, more than ever, we are dedicated to helping you feel confident to play safely. We have worked closely with our more than 700 business partners, monitoring the new safety procedures and practices being implemented within restaurants, attractions, venues and more, to ensure you can feel comfortable during your visit to our welcoming city. Some of that information is linked throughout the questions and answers section below. Please know – this information is subject to change, and as more becomes available, we will be communicating with you, early and often.

Our goal is to help safely deliver the Pittsburgh experience you have grown to love and expect.

Health & Safety Initiatives

Please note – Allegheny County moved to the “Yellow Phase” of Governor Tom Wolf’s Process to Reopen Pennsylvania plan on Friday, May 15. The answers below reflect this move. When Allegheny County advances to the “Green Phase,” this page will be updated.

Q. Is it safe to travel to Pittsburgh?

The decision on when and where to travel, of course, is for you to make. But, let us share with you some information to make you more comfortable and confident when you visit our great city.

First, your health and safety are our top priority. Along with our business partners, we continue to adhere to the health practices recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), such as mask wearing, frequent hand washing and maintaining distance (about six feet) from others when possible. We encourage you to follow these recommendations, too. 

Our goal is to give you the confidence to move more freely within our great city. We will continue to update this page as health and safety standards are adjusted and implemented. 

Q. Is Pittsburgh cancelling events?

Yes.  Pittsburgh has both cancelled and postponed events.

Under the “Yellow Phase,” as defined by Governor Tom Wolf’s Process to Reopen Pennsylvania plan, all gatherings are limited to fewer than 25 people. This is a precautionary measure to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and flatten the pandemic curve. 

The SportsPITTSBURGH staff is working closely with clients to rebook all meetings and events impacted by this order. The health and safety of Pittsburgh residents, visitors and business meeting attendees continue to be our top priority.  

Q. What are VisitPITTSBURGH and SportsPITTSBURGH doing to prepare guests and the hospitality community for new health and safety standards?

VisitPITTSBURGH and SportsPITTSBURGH, along with the David L. Lawrence Convention Center and our hotel and hospitality partners, are closely following the health guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the Allegheny County Health Department and the City of Pittsburgh. Best practices and resources are shared HERE. 

Practicing Social Distancing at Hampton Inn Pittsburgh University/Medical Center

Q. What steps are local hotels and restaurants taking to ensure guest safety?

Many hotels have implemented new health and safety standards, such as contactless check-in, upgrading the sanitation process with electrostatic sprayers with ultraviolet light and hospital-grade disinfectants, prominent placement of hand sanitizer and more. 

You can read more about several hotel safety policies and practices: 

Currently, restaurants and bars are limited to carry-out and delivery only. All county restaurants are instructed to follow CDC and PA Department of Health guidelines

Additionally, the Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association has instituted the “Pennsylvania Restaurant Promise” and the “Pennsylvania Lodging Promise.” The Promises, open to any restaurant or hotel in Pennsylvania to join, are a set of voluntary commitments a restaurant or hotel operator is making to its employees and customers during the COVID-19 recovery plan. Look for the Pennsylvania Promise sign for the assurance that the restaurant or hotel has committed to taking the appropriate action to protect its employees and customers, as well as our community.   

Q. What is the Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) doing to address the COVID-19 pandemic?

Safety and security are the top priorities at Pittsburgh International Airport. Airport officials are in daily contact with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Allegheny County Health Department and airlines. 

The airport has implemented new healthy travel protocols in boosting deep cleaning routines in the terminal, including restrooms and other common areas. The new protocols include the installation of hand sanitizing stations at approximately 30 locations throughout the airport, the increase of cleaning frequencies at all high-touchpoint areas and equipping the cleaning staff with hospital-grade disinfectant. 

Most impressive, PIT teamed up with Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Robotics to deploy a pair of autonomous floor scrubbers – essentially self-driving robots that clean floors in an ultra-efficient manner – becoming the first U.S. airport to deploy ultraviolet cleaning by robots. 

Q. What health and safety procedures are the David L. Lawrence Convention Center putting in place to protect event and convention attendees? 

The David L. Lawrence Convention Center (DLCC) took immediate action in response to COVID-19. Already, the DLCC has increased signage outlining advisable precautions (i.e., frequent handwashing), regular cleaning of high touch point areas, regular cleaning and sanitizing of facility public spaces and restrooms and adding additional hand sanitizer stations in various locations throughout the facility. 

The DLCC is working closely with ASM Global on updated health and safety standards. SportsPITTSBURGH will share those when they become available. 

The DLCC is closely monitoring the latest COVID-19 developments and will follow the orders provided/issued by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto. Providing a safe environment for its clients, visitors, guests and staff is the DLCC’s top priority. 

Acting as a good neighbor, the DLCC was prepared and ready to be utilized as an alternate medical care facility for Allegheny County, but there was never a need, as the county’s infection rate remained comparatively low. 

Q. What is the Allegheny County Health Department doing to ensure customer safety when restaurant venues re-open?

Allegheny County is currently in the “Yellow Phase” of Pennsylvania’s tiered reopening plan. In this phase, restaurants and bars are limited to carry-out and delivery only. 

No matter the phase, all county restaurants are instructed to follow CDC and PA Department of Health guidelines

Q. Are extra precautions in place to keep Downtown Pittsburgh clean?

The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership’s (PDP) Clean Team has increased its cleaning and sanitizing of high-touch points and public spaces in Downtown while also acting as a friendly presence throughout the neighborhood. 

The PDP’s Clean & Outreach Teams help keep Downtown Pittsburgh’s sidewalks and streets free of litter and debris, greet pedestrians and complement the presence of the Pittsburgh Police by being the eyes and ears on the ground. The teams work with local property owners, merchants and partners like the Department of Public Works, Pittsburgh School District police and the Port Authority to keep Downtown clean and safe and to help maintain a cohesive effort. 

Local Government Resources: