Travel Safely

Health and safety practices are VisitPITTSBURGH’s top priority as you plan to visit Pittsburgh.

Allegheny County moved to the Green Phase of Governor Tom Wolf’s Process to Reopen Pennsylvania plan on June 5. 

This move brings cautious optimism and precautions which prioritize your health and safety. The Green Phase is the least restrictive phase of Governor Wolf’s plan. Businesses, restaurants, venues, attractions and more are permitted to reopen with certain limitations in place, such as reduced occupancy, enforcing social distancing guidelines and mask wearing. 

What is open in Pittsburgh: 

  • Restaurants and bars are permitted to continue to provide take-out and delivery sales. Indoor and outdoor dining is permitted at 25% occupancy. Businesses are permitted to operate if they offer sit-down, dine-in meals or are serving take-out sales of alcoholic beverages. All service must be at a table or booth; bar service is prohibited. Additionally, alcohol only can be served for on-premises consumption when in the same transaction as a meal; customers must be seated at a table. Take-out sales of alcohol for the purposes of off-site consumption are permitted.
    Tobacco products and e-cigarettes are prohibited at outdoor dining facilities. Dining services are allowed until 11 pm, but takeout and delivery can continued beyond that time. Learn more about restaurant and bar guidelines at our Dine Safely page.
  • Personal care services (including hair salons and barbershops) open at 50% occupancy and by appointment only.
  • Indoor recreation, health and wellness facilities and personal care services (such as gyms and spas) open at 50% occupancy with appointments strongly encouraged.
  • All entertainment (such as casinos, theaters and shopping malls) open at 50% occupancy. Tobacco products and e-cigarettes are prohibited indoors at casinos. 

What to See & Do Now

Many venues and attractions are beginning to reopen at limited capacities to promote social distancing and with new safety protocols in place, such as timed ticketing. To see what is open in and around Allegheny County, visit our See & Do Safely page. 

How to Get Around Now

There are several transportation options available to help you get around Allegheny County, and most of these businesses have implemented changes. Learn more at our Ride Safely page. 

Events and Gatherings

Events and gatherings other than those in businesses in the retail food services industry are limited to 25 persons for indoor events and gatherings and 100 persons for outdoor events and gatherings. This includes, but is not limited to: concerts, festivals, fairs, conferences, sporting events, movie showings or theater performances. 

Enjoy the Outdoors

As you plan your return to Pittsburgh, we remind you that Pittsburgh has plenty of green space. The city’s five parks span 2,000 acres, and the county nine parks encompass more than 12,000 acres and feature more than 180 miles of multi-use trails. Whether it’s cycling, golfing, boating or kayaking – Pittsburgh has many outdoor activities which allow for social distancing.

Our goal is to help safely deliver the Pittsburgh experience you have grown to love and expect. This page will continue to evolve as more information is shared. Remember – you are welcomed here! 

  • ​Q. Are restaurants and attractions open in Pittsburgh?

    Restaurants and bars are permitted to provide take-out and delivery sales, as well as dine-in services with restrictions.

    • Restaurants and bars are permitted to operate if they offer sit-down, dine-in meals or are serving take-out sales of alcoholic beverages.
    • Indoor and outdoor dining is permitted at 25% occupancy.
    • All service must be at a table or booth; bar service is prohibited.
    • Alcohol only can be served for on-premises consumption when in the same transaction as a meal; customers must be seated at a table.
    • Dining services are allowed until 11 pm, but takeout and delivery can be continued beyond that time.

    All county restaurants are instructed to follow CDC and PA Department of Health guidelines. Additionally, masks must be worn when seated at restaurants and may only be removed when eating or drinking.

    Venues and attractions also are re-opening, though at their own discretion. Visitors are strongly encouraged to check specific operation hours before planning trips. Please note – several venues and attractions are implementing timed ticketing.

    As you work on your plans for your next trip to Pittsburgh, keep these 29 Hidden Gems in mind….there’s plenty of off-the-beaten-path activities waiting to be discovered.

  • Q. Is Pittsburgh cancelling events?

    Yes. Pittsburgh has both cancelled and postponed events.

    Under the Green Phase, all gatherings are limited. This is a precautionary measure to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and flatten the pandemic curve.

    Following federal and state guidelines, the City of Pittsburgh announced that large group events that cannot comply safely with social distancing will not be allowed. They include:

    • City-sponsored concerts
    • 5Ks, the Great Race and other races

    Swimming pools, playgrounds, park shelters and more can open in the Green Phase with applicable guidelines implemented.

  • Q. What can I do outdoors in Pittsburgh?

    Pittsburgh is a city surrounded by natural splendor. Our county and city parks give residents and visitors alike a great opportunity to get outside and enjoy our region, all while observing social distancing guidance.

    Pittsburgh’s unique topographical blend make it one of the best cities for cycling enthusiasts, too. There are 24 miles of riverfront trails in and around the city to enjoy.

    Being the “Three Rivers City,” we cannot forget our water activities, too, like kayaking and paddle boarding, activities which all lend themselves to social distancing.

    Western Pennsylvania has some of the best golf in the United States, and residents and visitors can tee off at some of the best public golf courses in the Pittsburgh area.

  • 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: Do I need to quarantine when traveling into Pittsburgh and Allegheny County from out of state?

    Travelers are not required to quarantine when arriving into Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. For more information on traveling within Pennsylvania, please visit the Department of Health’s FAQ page.

  • Q. What steps are local hotels 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: (link to hotels)

    Additionally, the Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association has instituted the “Pennsylvania Lodging Promise.” The Promise, open to any hotel in Pennsylvania to join, is a set of voluntary commitments a 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 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 keep passengers safe?

    The Allegheny County Airport Authority has launched an authority-wide initiative titled “PIT Safe Travels.” The initiative, in accordance with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, boosts health and safety measures already in place throughout the facilities, and will help increase confidence in air travel though enhanced protocols that outline best practices for reducing the spread of germs.

    The program includes mandating facial coverings while on airport property, practicing social distancing through guided markers in high-traffic areas, utilizing protective shields in high traffic areas, enhancing cleaning and disinfection and implementing new touchless transaction technology, among others. The program also will apply to the Allegheny County Airport in West Mifflin.

    To learn more about PIT and the coronavirus pandemic, visit the airport’s FAQ page.

    PIT also 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. 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.

Please Note: The information shared by VisitPITTSBURGH is compiled from industry associations, state governments and medical experts. Please use this page as an information resource, not as legal recommendations for visiting Pittsburgh.