2024 Total Solar Eclipse

April 8, 2024

A total solar eclipse happens when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, completely blocking the face of the Sun and casting a shadow on the Earth.

In Northeast Ohio, the eclipse will start at approximately 1:59 pm with the total eclipse occurring around 3:15 pm.

Here in Geauga County, the total eclipse will arrive around 3:15 PM when we’ll achieve three minutes 27 seconds of total darkness in the middle of the day.


3:15 PM: TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE (3 minutes 27 seconds of darkness!)


Food Regulations

If you plan to sell food during the eclipse, a food license is required in Ohio. Selling food is governed by Chapter 3717 of the Ohio Revised Code.

Mobile and Temporary food inspections must be inspected no later than Sunday, April 7th. Applications must be received at least 10 days before the event. NO EXCEPTIONS!

Campground Regulations

A permit is required for all temporary campgrounds. These are governed by Chapter 3729 of the Ohio Revised Code (ORC) and Chapter 3701-26 of the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC).

Safely Viewing the Total Solar Eclipse

With the exception of the very brief total phase of a total solar eclipse, when the Moon completely blocks the Sun’s bright face, it is not safe to look directly at the Sun unless you are using eye protection specifically for solar viewing.

Do not view any part of the bright Sun through a camera lens, binoculars, or a telescope without a special-purpose solar filter secured over the secured over the front of the instrument as this will instantly cause severe eye injury.

Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun. They transmit thousands of times too much sunlight and could damage the eyes.

Please view the links below for more detailed information about safely viewing the solar eclipse.

What to Expect

We are expecting travelers from around Ohio and other states to visit the areas of totality. Challenges for eclipse viewers may include:

  • Increased tourists and visitors.
  • Heavy to gridlocked traffic conditions before and after the eclipse.
  • Travelers stopped on roadways.
  • Decreased quality of cellular service.
  • Potentially limited food and gasoline availability on the routes due to an influx of travelers.

Come early, stay late.

Prepare Ahead

With a potential large influx of people over the weekend, leading up to eclipse on Monday, April 8, we are asking residents to prepare ahead.

Simple safety tips include:

  • If you are traveling, arrive to your destination early.
  • Make sure your vehicle gas tank is full ahead of the big day.
  • Travel with water, medications, snacks, and other needed supplies should you encounter an extended delay on the roadways.
  • Know local business and service hours as they might be closed early during the eclipse.
  • Buy and stock up on groceries.
  • Be sure to check the weather.

Total Solar Eclipse Forms & Documents

Year Category
Safe Viewing of a Solar Eclipse Safe-Viewing-of-a-Solar-Eclipse-Flyer_Geauga-2.pdf Feb 6, 2024 2024-02-06 2024 Solar Eclipse
Temporary Campground Application Temporary-Campground-application.pdf Jan 31, 2024 2024-01-31 2024 Solar EclipseCampgrounds and RV ParksEnvironmental Health
Temporary Food Service & Food Establishment Application GPH-Temporary-Food-Service-Operation-Retail-Food-2023.pdf Feb 10, 2023 2023-02-10 2024 Solar EclipseEnvironmental HealthFood Safety
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