How to Safely Visit the Short North Arts District

When planning your visit to the Short North Arts District, please follow these tips to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, ensure the health of yourself, employees, and other visitors, and make your visit Short North Safe.

Wear a Mask

Please wear a mask while you are in the Short North Arts District. If a business has posted signage requesting visitors to wear a mask before entering, please comply with their request and leave the mask on the entire time you are in the business. If you need to purchase a mask, several Short North Arts District businesses have items for sale online and in store:

Big Fun | Glean | Global Gifts | Happy Go Lucky | HOMAGE | Jolie Occasions | Seventh Son Brewing | Small Talk

Wash & Sanitize Hands

Soap and water is available to use in some businesses, and hand sanitizer is available to use and/or for purchase in some businesses. Please consider washing and/or sanitizing your hands upon entering and exiting a business when possible. Hand washing and sanitizing best practices include:

  • Using soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands

Maintain Social Distance

Whether inside a business or on a sidewalk in the Short North Arts District, please maintain six feet between yourself and others to be respectful of their health and safety. If a business is at capacity or there is a line to wait to enter, please be patient, and avoid crowded places and gathering in groups. If a business has placed markers on the sidewalks showing waiting places, please observe them.

Park with Contactless Payment

Parking in the Short North Arts District is easier – and safer – than ever. In addition to new contactless options that have recently been installed throughout the District, the ParkColumbus App continues to be a quick and easy contactless method of paying for parking. Visit ShortNorth.org/Parking for more details.

Always Stay Home If Sick

If you have any of the following symptoms, please do not visit the Short North Arts District:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

Symptoms may appear two to 14 days after exposure to the virus.

Follow Public Health Practices

For more information about COVID-19, its symptoms, how it spreads, and how to prevent its spread, visit the Center for Disease and Control COVID-19 webpage.

How Businesses Are Making Your Visit Safe

Wearing Masks

Many Short North Arts District business employees are wearing masks to help keep you and themselves safe.

Sanitizing Hands & Surfaces

Short North Arts District business employees are regularly sanitizing their hands and the surfaces throughout their businesses to help keep you and themselves safe.

Maintaining Social Distance

Many Short North Arts District businesses have reconfigured their layouts to allow visitors to maintain six feet apart from each other and from employees. Please be respectful of employees and others by observing new layouts businesses have created. If a business asks you to wait to enter because it is at capacity, or if there is a line to enter, please be patient and respectful of this request. If a business has placed markers on the sidewalks showing waiting places, please observe them.

Always Staying Home If Sick

If employees have any of the above-listed symptoms of COVID-19, they are advised to stay home to avoid spreading the virus.

Following Public Health Practices

Short North Arts District businesses are advised to follow the recommendations of the Center for Disease and Control to prevent the spread of COVID-19.


The Short North Arts District is the Art + Soul of Columbus.

We are home to over 350 businesses who employ over 10,000 people and showcase the talents of thousands of performing and visual artists each year.

91% of businesses are locally owned or headquartered and 70% are hyper-small, employing just 20 people or less.

But 100% of them need your help and support to get through this challenging time.

With your help, we can get through this together. #BeTheArtAndSoul

Visit ShortNorth.org/SupportSNAD for details on how to cleanly and safely support Short North Arts District businesses.