COVID-19 Response & Reopening

Paducah, Kentucky Visitor & Tourism Industry Information

Kentucky Gov. Beshear has authorized a phased reopening of local businesses and attractions that were closed due to COVID-19. In accordance with Kentucky Health at Work, each entity reopening must meet certain minimum requirements and industry-specific requirements. On July 10, Beshear mandated face masks or coverings in many situations that represent a high risk of COVID-19 transmission. For specific circumstances in which face masks are to be worn and exemptions, please review the Executive Order

The Paducah Convention & Visitors Bureau is committed to working with community partners to ensure all visitors and locals have safe and enjoyable experiences at Paducah’s restaurants, attractions and public spaces. All visitors will be required to abide by CDC guidelines to keep themselves, our community and other visitors safe. All local businesses will comply with state and federal social distancing restrictions that limit capacity.

VISITOR INFORMATION & ASSISTANCE: The CVB welcome center at 128 Broadway reopens to walk-in traffic on July 1. Please feel free to contact us by phone at 1.800.PADUCAH, email at or via the @PaducahCreativeCity social media channels. Call ahead or upon arrival to arrange curbside pick-up of visitor information for leisure travelers or wedding/reunion planning! Visitor Information & Assistance Available: Monday-Friday, 9 AM-5 PM.

Please review our standards and requests to keep our visitors, staff and community safe:

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Local Attraction, Event & Restaurant Updates


Lodging providers have remained open. Local hotels and motels will adhere to the state of Kentucky's Healthy at Work Requirements. Many are adopting SafeStay Guidelines set forth by the American Hotel & Lodging Association and national hotel brands to meet new health and safety expectations in response to COVID-19.

Local Resources: Paducah Hotels/Motels | RV Parks & Campgrounds


Most city parks, trails and green spaces remain open for passive recreation while social distancing. Access to specific features and amenities may be restricted or limited at some parks. Please review the City of Paducah latest updates on parks amenities and reopenings.

Local Resources: Recreation & Outdoor Activities | How to Stay Active Outdoors in Paducah


Local cultural and educational activities were permitted to reopen on June 8. Local attractions will adhere to the state of Kentucky's Requirements for Educational & Cultural Opportunities & Attractions. Announced reopening dates include:

Local Resources: Experience Paducah Virtually | Historic Paducah Audio Tour


Local restaurants were permitted to reopen on May 22 at 33% capacity and for outdoor seating. That capacity expanded to 50% on June 22, was then limited to 25% capacity for two weeks effective July 28 and returned to 50% capacity on August 10. Restaurants will adhere to the state of Kentucky's Requirements for Restaurants and Bars. Many will continue to offer carryout and delivery options.

Local Resources: Paducah Restaurant Directory | Restaurants with Outdoor Seating


Local bars were permitted to reopen on June 29 at 50% capacity. Restaurants and bars will adhere to the state of Kentucky's Requirements for Restaurants and Bars.

Local Resources: Paducah Bars: Drink Like a Local | Craft Beer, Wine & Spirits


Local retail businesses were permitted to reopen on May 20. Retailers will adhere to the state of Kentucky's Requirements for Retail. Many also continue to offer online shopping, curbside pick-up and local delivery.

Local resources: Paducah Shopping Directory | Stay In, Shop Small: Online Shopping Options


Please reference the Calendar of Events for upcoming events and updates on annual festivals. The Paducah Convention & Visitors Bureau is updating event descriptions to reflect postponements and cancellations in response to COVID-19. We encourage travelers to call ahead to confirm event plans and reference our COVID-19 resource page for updated local information!

Venues and event spaces are permitted to reopen at 50% capacity on June 29. They must adhere to the state of Kentucky's Requirements for Venues and Event Centers. Groups of 50 or fewer may begin gathering on June 29 following the state of Kentucky's Guidance for Gatherings of Up to 50 People.

Local Resources: Paducah Events Calendar | Annual Festivals & Events | Paducah Meeting Facility Directory


Healthy Practices for Prevention of Coronavirus

The public is strongly encouraged to adopt the CDC's social distancing recommendations for the prevention of coronavirus to limit potential exposure and spread. Please be aware of the latest travel advisories from the CDC and U.S. State Department: 

With the situation evolving rapidly, follow official updates and guidance from the recognized authorities:

If you think you need medical care, please contact your healthcare provider or call the Kentucky state hotline, 1.800.722.5725. If you are sick and feel you have an emergency, Paducah-McCracken County is served by Baptist Health - Paducah and Lourdes Mercy Health.

Travel & Meetings Industry Resources

As the health and safety of residents and visitors is the Paducah CVB’s top priority, local hospitality partners are encouraged to stay informed with the latest industry resources:

This page was last updated on September 10, 2020. The Paducah Convention & Visitors Bureau will continue to update local information and resources on If you have questions, please let us know by emailing