Explore Lawrence’s top priority is the health and well-being of the general public, specifically travelers to and within Lawrence, Kansas as well as the businesses and organizations that serve and welcome travelers to Lawrence each and every day. Actions to slow the spread of COVID-19 have and will continue to impact the travel and tourism industry. Explore Lawrence is working diligently to stay up-to-date with news, updates, resources, and alerts that are of interest to the local tourism industry, and will share them on this page and through regular email communications. We will also use this page to provide you with ways to communicate any updates and changes to events and/or current business operations so that we can share them with our audience. Explore Lawrence is striving to serve and support you, the tourism industry of Lawrence.
Lawrence and Douglas County businesses can now apply for a grant to help them recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Ogden Newspapers Inc., the parent company of the Journal-World, has established a $1 million fund to help local businesses get back to full strength by subsidizing local marketing efforts through matching advertising dollars. Read more>
Updates from US Travel
The CARES Act, the largest economic relief package in our nation’s history, was signed into law on March 27 and includes major provisions U.S. Travel fought for to deliver economic support to travel businesses, travel workers and their families. Learn what the different parts of CARES Act mean for you and your travel business with the guides found here>
Lawrence Restaurant Association announces the Hospitality Workers Relief Fund
Learn about the fund, donate, apply, and access other resources for hospitality workers here>
Explore Lawrence maintains listings on our website for retail, dining, attractions, meeting and sports facilities, and overnight accommodations. If you have adjusted your hours of operation, added or reduced services, or have any other information you would like us to update in your listing, please email Caleb. We will be updating the listing thumbnails with the following categories:
– Business as usual
– Open for business with new practices (details in description)
– Open for pick-up and delivery only
– Open for delivery only
– Shop online
– Closed until further notice
Hotels and event facilities – Our Sales Department is here and ready to help!
Explore Lawrence’s sales department assists in booking and servicing meetings and conferences. If you are working with a client or hosting a group in-housethat has not cancelled their event/room block, and you are looking for resources to best assist them during their stay, we are still here to help you with that! Also, please keep us informed on significant cancellations at your properties. Contact Lauren or Kendra.
If you are not receiving email communications from Explore Lawrence at this time, please send your name, business, and email address to Kim.
eXplore Lawrence remains committed to spreading the Unmistakably Lawrence message to our key audiences throughout the duration of the pandemic. Our marketing may look a little different, but the message remains the same:
Founded by pioneers driven to create a state where people of all races would be free, Lawrence has continued to define itself as an open, energetic and welcoming community. Quirky? Different? Unexpected? Yes! But more importantly, we invite you to explore a city where you are free to be you.
Our goal is to share with world what we already know, Lawrence is made up of compassionate, supportive, strong, and creative people who are proud and willing to share this community with visitors when the time is right. For now, we are activating and exploring safe ways to share what makes Lawrence unmistakable. We will email and share new offerings on this page as they come about. If you have any ideas to share, please email Andrea.
* New – Unmistakably Us Blog
The purpose of Unmistakably Us is to share the stories of the people and places that make Lawrence unmistakable. So what is unmistakable to us? Our brand manifesto wraps it up…
Lawrence is your quirky, cool friend who brings fun to the neighborhood. Lawrence works hard and plays hard. Lawrence is both outgoing and welcoming, creating an atmosphere of acceptance and innovation. Its eclectic personality is reminiscent of the proverbial “Renaissance Man,” whose expertise spans a broad range of areas: Education, Arts & Culture, Sports & Social Accomplishments. Lawrence is a catalyst for organic creation and original thought, a lightning rod for cultural change. Its energy is contagious. Like a great film, it leaves you wanting more.
Do you know a Lawrencian or a Lawrence organization that fits that description? Nominate them to be featured on the blog by emailing Andrea Johnson.
Explore Lawrence takes great pride in hosting the most comprehensive list of Lawrence events on the web. Our events calendar is a go-to source for visitors and residents when they are looking for things to do in Lawrence and is the most viewed page on our website. We would like to continue to be a resource and use the tool to share online/virtual events that you are planning.
If you have an Extranet Account you may log in to add your virtual events. If you do not have one, please email Kim. She can provide you access and/or take your event information to add to our calendar.
If you have submitted an event that has been canceled or changed to our events calendar, please either login to your Extranet Account and make the changes or email Kim with your updates.
Free to be You Campaign
Explore Lawrence still plans to execute the Free to be You campaign, and we are continuing to accept Free to be You pledges. Learn more about Free to be You>
Official Alerts and Recommendations
Governor Kellyissues statewide Stay-at-Home Order effective March 30 – April 19.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environmentis now mandating 14-day home quarantine for Kansans who have:
• Traveled to a state with known widespread community transmission (currently California, Florida, New York and Washington state) on or after March 15.
• Visited Eagle, Summit, Pitkin and Gunnison counties in Colorado in the week prior to March 15 or after.
• Traveled to Illinois or New Jersey on or after March 23.
• Traveled on a cruise ship or river cruise on or after March 15.
o People who have previously been told by Public Health to quarantine because of their cruise ship travel should finish out their quarantine.
• Traveled internationally on or after March 15.
o People who have previously been told by Public Health to quarantine because of their international travel to China, South Korea, Japan, Italy and Iran should finish out their quarantine.
• Received notification from public health officials (state or local) that you are a close contact of a laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19. You should quarantine at home for 14 days since your last contact with the case.
Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health officer issues Stay-at-Home Order effective 12:01 AM, March 24 until April 23.
Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health officerprohibits public gatherings of 10+ people until April 1.
Lawrence Douglas County Public Health officerordered from March 19 to April 1 closure of restaurants, dining facilities, bars, taverns, night clubs, and movie theaters.