A SAFE WELCOME FOR GATHERINGS
As we begin to reopen and events resume, Visit Champaign County is ensuring the safety of travelers and meeting & event planners. Alongside our partners, we are continually monitoring developments surrounding COVID-19 under the guidance of local, state and national health and travel authorities. Across the city, from transportation to restaurants, Champaign County’s businesses and services are taking steps to ensure public health and safety, with over 200 that have signed the Champaign County Pledge.
With the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign setting the tone for vigilance in our community, and Champaign County as a leading destination in Illinois in vaccination rates, we are fully engaged with local and state officials to coordinate a safe return for visitors and the meetings and event industry. Our hospitality community is working together to implement enhanced procedures to safely welcome you back with our Outside of Ordinary standards.
LOCAL & STATE SAFETY GUIDANCE
Under the current phase, the following is allowed:
Meetings, Conferences, and Conventions
Lesser of 1,000 people or 60% capacity
Indoor: 250 people
Outdoor: 500 people
Seated areas: Patrons ≥ 6 feet apart; parties ≤ 10
Standing areas: 30% capacity indoors; 50% capacity outdoors
Once 50% of residents 16 and older have been vaccinated and stable or declining COVID-19 metrics are recorded during a 28-day monitoring period, Phase 5 will be implemented, removing capacity limits altogether. Learn more about the Restore Illinois Plan.
The State of Illinois, including Champaign County, has a mask requirement for all non-vaccinated residents and visitors aged 3 and over for all public areas.
Champaign County Safe
In collaboration with our community partners, Champaign County Safe was created to share updated information and resources related to COVID-19 for businesses and individuals. Over 200 businesses have taken the Champaign County Safety Pledge to ensure all CDC measures are met.
Whether you travel to Champaign County by plane, train, car, or bus the following guidelines help protect our visitors and locals while maintaining operations during COVID-19. All transportation outlets are operating and complying with CDC requirements.
The University of Illinois-Willard Airport is considered critical and has remained open during the pandemic with daily flights to and from Chicago O’Hare, Dallas/Ft. Worth, and Charlotte. Masks are required for the duration of your visit to the airport. Enhanced cleaning and sanitizing efforts in the public areas of the main terminal will continue indefinitely to keep staff, travelers, and the community as safe as possible.
American Airlines is committed to granting you peace of mind when you travel especially during the pandemic. Learn more about their procedures and commitment to travelers safety, please visit them here.
In an effort to simplify and safeguard the travel experience as America gradually reopens, Amtrak wants to reassure customers that several added cleanliness and convenience measures have been implemented. Find out more on Amtraks new safety standards here. Amtrak service operates from Chicago to Champaign, with service at the Illinois Terminal in downtown Champaign.
Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (CUMTD)
CUMTD has new guidelines to protect drivers and passengers, including new limits on rider capacity. They update their page regularly with their efforts on protecting the safety of their passengers and
our community. CUMTD offers $1 fares each way throughout Champaign-Urbana.
Our hotels are open for business! With enhanced cleaning procedures and safety measures from arrival through departure, our hotel community with over 4,500 rooms remains vigilant with their protocols and industry-wide hotel cleaning standards to ensure the continued safety & wellbeing of all guests. Here are a few examples on the dedication of our hotels to safety and cleanliness:
Hybrid Meeting Assistance
Our experienced sales team is ready to assist in all components of your event. We understand these are trying times and navigating the RFP process can be tricky. Contact us for the most up-to-date information on CDC meeting guidance’s, safety protocols, vendor lists, site visits, and much more.
Dining & Attractions
Area bars and restaurants have innovated throughout the pandemic and have safely served the community through a combination of curbside delivery, takeout, outdoor and indoor dining options. When the meeting is done for the day, your guests will be able to dine safely throughout the area. Check out those restaurants that have signed the Champaign County Safe Pledge, or ask us for a recommendation of places that can cater your event or that offer outdoor dining.
Our shops, museums, and attractions are all open for your guests so they can discover all our community has to offer. From downtown boutiques, to the state’s second largest fine art museum, to mind-bending escape rooms, we have safe entertainment options for everyone. Learn more through our Experience Guide.
Contact me today
to schedule a virtual or in-person site visit!
Caitlyn Floyd | Director of Sales & International Travel | 217.351.4133