Put-in-Bay Police Release COVID-19 Statement

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced that beginning on Thursday, July 23, at 6:00 p.m., a statewide mask mandate will go into effect in all 88 Ohio counties.

The Governor has made it clear that he expects citizens to be compliant: “We believe that requiring masks statewide will make a significant difference and will be key to making sure other counties do not progress to a higher level of increased spread.”

All individuals in Ohio must wear facial coverings in public at all times when:Put in Bay Police

• At an indoor location that is not a residence;
• Outdoors, but unable to maintain six-foot social distance from people who are not household members;
• Waiting for, riding, driving, or operating public transportation, such as a taxi, a car service, or a private car used for ride-sharing.

The order only requires those 10 years old or older to wear a mask. Additional exclusions include:

• Those with a medical condition or a disability or those communicating with someone with a disability;
• Those who are actively exercising or playing sports;
• Those who are officiants at religious services;
• Those who are actively involved in public safety; or
• Those who are actively eating or drinking.

Because the mandate is not a criminal statute that can be enforced by police officers, the Put-in-Bay Police Department cannot enforce this mandate. However, the Police Department will be enforcing criminal infractions associated with this mandate. For example, unmasked customers refusing to leave a business that requires masks to be worn may be charged with criminal trespass.

Please do not call the Police Department or 9-1-1 to report people not wearing masks on the islands.

To make complains about individuals not complying with the mandate, you may contact the Ottawa County Health Department at (419) 734-6800 or the Ohio Department Health at (883) 427-5634.

We hope that all residents and visitors comply with the Governor’s mandate and do their part to stop the spread of COVID-19.

More information on the mandate can be found here: https://governor.ohio.gov/…/news-an…/covid19-update-07222020

Miller Ferry Updates Travel Protocols

MBL RecommendsThese Safety Protocols when Traveling July 2020

Click below for full details at MillerFerry.com

  July 6, 2020 — COVID-19 Update

Miller Ferries operates at reduced capacity to allow better social distancing aboard the vessels.

You may experience longer wait times.

Some Put-in-Bay businesses may be:
– Operating at reduced capacity
– Operating on reduced hours
– Closed at this time

Please contact individual businesses for updated information.


–NO same-day round-trip passenger tickets from Catawba are sold after 5pm to accommodate return passengers from Put-in-Bay.

–Proof of accommodation is required when bringing a vehicle on weekends and holidays.

–Weekend Golf Cart rentals may be sold out at the island where we drop off (unless you have an existing reservation).