Know Before You Go
Louisville is following the CDC guidelines and directives from the State of Kentucky. If you are planning on attending a conference, meeting or event in Louisville, our team has prepared some helpful information to help plan your visit to the Bourbon City.
If you are meeting planner, we encourage you to connect with your Destination Services contact for the latest information on event guidelines.
As we welcome you to Louisville, please know we are committed to providing a safe environment for our visitors and residents. Louisville continues to outpace the national average with over 70% of the city’s population having received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
As you make final plans for your trip we want to share some tips and recommendations to help make your visit in Bourbon City healthy and enjoyable.
Currently there are no state-wide or city-wide mask mandates. However, some businesses and venues do require masks. We encourage all visitors to pack a mask (or two) and be prepared to wear them in the areas listed below:
- Transportation – Taxi’s, rideshare, during flights and in airport terminals
- Convention Facilities - Effective August 2, 2021 - All Kentucky state government buildings and Louisville Metro government buildings require masks. This includes the Kentucky International Convention Center (KICC) and the Kentucky Exposition Center (KEC).
- Indoors – Some local businesses require masks while indoors.
Louisville restaurants are open and ready for you to experience the award-winning culinary scene.
Before you dine out here are a few things to consider:
- Check out this list of currently open restaurants as you plan and while you’re onsite in Louisville
- Call ahead to confirm operating days and hours and make reservations when available.
- Continue to utilize your favorite online platforms such as Yelp, Google, OpenTable and Resy but be aware that some restaurant information may have recently changed. We always recommend locating your favorite spot and then calling ahead to confirm operating hours.
- Avoid peak times by planning to eat early or late when possible.
- Allow extra time for dining experiences. Just like a good Bourbon takes time before it can be fully enjoyed so may some of our local restaurants.
- Some restaurants may also be offering limited menus or only counter service due to limited staffing.
- Louisville is within a day’s drive of over half the U.S. population. It also serves all major airlines and currently has over 35 direct destinations listed online at www.flylouisville.com. The Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport (SDF) is located just 7 miles from downtown Louisville and is less than one mile from the Kentucky Exposition Center. While you’re here check out some of these ways to get around town:
- Plan ahead and book your taxi through zTrip using the zTrip app, www.ztrip.com/louisville or by calling (502) 777-7777.
- Rideshare opportunities are also available through Uber and Lyft. Please note that drivers are still returning to work, so plan for possible wait times or schedule your ride in advance.
- If you’re going short distances downtown, consider hopping on a scooter. Bird or Lime-S scooters can be found throughout downtown, NuLu and surrounding neighborhoods.
- Louisville also offers urban bicycles for rent through Louvelo, which has 27 stations across the city.
Plan for your stay by learning more about your property and what it offers.
- Call ahead and confirm what amenities are being offered at your hotel such as room service, housekeeping, onsite restaurants, and fitness center hours.
- As hospitality staff continues to return be prepared for limited or on-demand housekeeping and other hotel services.
Attraction and Bourbon experiences
All of Louisville’s non-performing arts attractions are open and plenty of spirited experiences await.
- Advanced reservations at area attractions are strongly recommended.
- Visit this website for the latest operating days and hours
- If you’re interested in experiencing Bourbon City and having trouble getting in to one of the local distilleries, consider checking out some of the non-distillery bourbon experiences.
Local COVID-19 Resources
State of Kentucky
City of Louisville – Jefferson County
Visitor Safety Tips
Whether you are planning a visit to Louisville Kentucky for pleasure or attending a meeting or convention, our suggestions should help ensure that your visit is a safe one.