Our thoughts are with everyone affected by COVID-19 and the strange, uncertain situation we now find ourselves in because of it. We are consistently impressed and inspired by the way the Oxford community has come together during this trying time, from sharing supportive messages online to businesses offering free meals for kids. Our town is a special one and we know that together we're not only going to get through this, but we'll also come out even stronger.
Below we've listed some information to give you a better idea of what Enjoy Oxford is doing during this time and what options are still available to you in town.
Enjoy Oxford is following Governor DeWine's Stay Home order, issued March 22nd. Visitor bureaus are not deemed essential at this time and as such we have closed the office until the Stay Home order is lifted.
However, the Enjoy Oxford staff is working from home and is therefore available if you need to get in touch with us. Email us at email@example.com or message us through any of our social media platforms: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Enjoy Oxford's small but mighty team is working diligently behind the scenes. We are continuing to move forward with several of our big projects, such as the annual Uptown Concert Series, the Red Brick Reunion Porsche Car Show, and a new Black History Self-Guided tour to be released this summer.
We are conducting daily virtual meetings with each other in order to touch base and brainstorm about new, exciting ideas to engage the town. Additionally, we have not abandoned our goal to help Oxford's economy thrive, including our hotel partners. Now more than ever we are keeping our ears to the ground in order to share updates from local businesses. We encourage you to follow us on our social media channels in order to see this information as it's shared.
Many events in Oxford have been canceled or postponed due to the Governor's Stay Home order. Some events are being offered virtually, while others continue uninterrupted, such as our Saturday morning and Tuesday evening Farmer's Market. Please feel free to look at our community calendar, which we are doing our best to update daily.
Note: If you go out in public, please continue to practice physical distancing (remaining six feet away from others at all times) while also washing your hands constantly and avoiding touching your face. You are also encouraged to wear a mask for both your protection and the protection of others.
While Enjoy Oxford has an amazing lineup scheduled this summer, we are not yet sure what restrictions will be in place for large outdoor gatherings. We have two virtual concerts lined up for June and will keep you updated on the July & August concerts as soon as we know more. Keep an eye on this blog post for details on the June concerts and for future updates.
As of May 14th, 2020, it is still safe to walk around outside and is in fact encouraged as a good form of exercise. It is important to remember physical distancing rules and to go out alone or only with the people living in your household. We recommend taking a self-guided walking tour or taking a stroll around the community park.
Many of Oxford's restaurants are still open for takeout and delivery (many through Oxford to You).
The Butler County Visitor's Bureau has a list of every restaurant in Butler County and the services they're currently offering. With everything changing so rapidly right now, we recommend that you also call ahead to double-check hours and service availability.
Beginning May 15th, per Governor Dewine's orders, restaurants and bars will be allowed to reopen their outdoor dining areas. This is not a requirement so we encourage you to call a restaurant or bar ahead of time to ensure that they are opening up their outdoor areas. As of right now, May 20th is the date restaurants will be allowed to reopen inside service with protections in place such as 6 feet between tables.
As of May 14th, many retailers in Oxford have reopened, with safety recommendations in place such as wearing masks, minimizing touchpoints (try to only touch what you plan to buy), and maintaining a 6-foot distance from other customers. Some retailers also have a customer limit (example: no more than five inside at a time) that they have posted either on the outside of their doors or immediately inside. Take note of these precautions and please act accordingly to ensure both your safety and the safety of others.
Updated 1:45 PM EST, May 14, 2020